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The desire to have a tiger as a house pet is understandable, but for most people, it’s a daydream, as it should be. The reality is that big cats are wild animals, and no matter what age you bond with them, no matter how affectionate they might be, they cannot survive as a pet.

Despite the obvious difficulties of trying to feed and house a tiger or lion, the majority of "owners" are unable to care for the animals through adulthood. The cost of keeping a tiger alive and healthy in captivity is upwards of $6,000 a year [1], and many people simply abandon the animals or neglect them to an abhorrent degree. Currently, there are between 5,000-7,000 big cats in private captivity in the United States [2]. That’s more than are still alive in the wild! There are not enough sanctuaries in the US to house and care for the number of big cats abandoned each year, leading to a massive issue for humans and animals alike.

Purchasing a big cat is surprisingly easy, and while sanctuaries and zoos are held to safety and cruelty standards by the Department of Agriculture [2], each state in the country has different laws regarding exotic animals. The Endangered Species Act does not prohibit breeding or selling endangered animals [3], so tracking every sale is impossible, especially across state lines. Some states have blanket bans in place, and some states lack any kind of regulation at all. Worst of all, the Department of Agriculture has no regulatory power over private owners, meaning the most severely abused animals have next to no hope.

The safest and smartest choice is for the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to amend the federal Lacey Act, making sure it bans the selling, purchasing, and housing of big cats. Any cat in the United States belongs in a reputable sanctuary or zoo where they can be cared for and live out their lives in peace, not as house pets.

Sign now to ask the House and Senate chairmen of the Department of Agriculture to spearhead an effort to amend the Lacey Act to protect big cats!

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To the House and Senate chairmen of the Department of Agriculture:

It's seldom discussed, but America has a problem with exotic animals, namely the nearly 7,000 tigers and other exotic cats that are currently kept as house pets. There are more captive tigers in the US than in the wild! These animals are often neglected, abused, and pose a massive safety hazard to the public, no matter how well behaved they seem.

The Department of Agriculture already inspects and protects big cats that live in zoos and accredited sanctuaries, but the animals under private ownership have no protections, and no guarantee of the animal's safety, or the public's.

Saving the lives of these animals and assuring they find a safe and protected home is not only a win for the United States, but for the conservation of a rapidly diminishing species. The Lacey Act already protects a number of species, and simply widening the scope to prohibit the breeding, selling, and purchasing of big cats would save thousands of tigers, and offer a measure of protection for citizens across the country.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures

May 21, 2018 Amy Plamann
May 21, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 Betsy Cousins-Coleman
May 20, 2018 ki paul
May 20, 2018 Patricia Nielsen
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 Irene Yoshida
May 20, 2018 Alyssa DeFazio
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Diana Moore
May 19, 2018 Melissa Callaghan
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May 19, 2018 pam f
May 19, 2018 Patricia Compton
May 18, 2018 Susan Winsberg THIS PRACTICE MUST END!!!
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Barb Breese
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Penelope A Cole
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Jessica Haag
May 18, 2018 Mary pattison
May 18, 2018 Wayne Brummer
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Janice Taylor
May 18, 2018 Linda Walker
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Katie Neyens
May 18, 2018 Donna DiLiegro
May 18, 2018 Julanne Nowak
May 18, 2018 L F
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
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May 17, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 16, 2018 Linda York
May 16, 2018 Jill Nightingale
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 16, 2018 Erika Thomas
May 16, 2018 Kiantha Shadduck
May 15, 2018 Ruth Sheffi
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May 15, 2018 Nina Røstad
May 15, 2018 Sarah Singer
May 15, 2018 Deborah Voves
May 15, 2018 Robin Blakesley
May 15, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
May 15, 2018 Erica Munn

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