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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

Apr 24, 2018 Leslie Poms
Apr 24, 2018 Lisa m Fera Outrageous
Apr 24, 2018 Donna Farr
Apr 24, 2018 Julia Stark
Apr 24, 2018 Marcia Richardson
Apr 24, 2018 Paul Dunne
Apr 23, 2018 Edeltraut Renk
Apr 23, 2018 Kate Anderson
Apr 23, 2018 Claudia Alraun
Apr 23, 2018 Linda Jones
Apr 23, 2018 Louise Odams
Apr 22, 2018 Esther Garinger
Apr 22, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 22, 2018 Kathy Sawdy
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 22, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Sue Hickford
Apr 22, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 21, 2018 Dorothy Dagnall
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Barbara Hauck
Apr 20, 2018 Melissa Miller
Apr 20, 2018 Katie McMahon-Ellenz
Apr 20, 2018 Victoria Apodaca
Apr 19, 2018 Debbie Foster
Apr 19, 2018 Jonathon Danyluk
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 19, 2018 Lily Wong
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Kt Hertfelder
Apr 15, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 15, 2018 Karen Rubino
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Judy Yaldatel
Apr 15, 2018 Holly E Wild animals deserve to live wild. They're not domestic pets and should NOT be confined in a small enclosure. That's inhumane!
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Stephanie Preedy
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 madeleine hamilton
Apr 14, 2018 LaVonne Searle
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 John Wedin Tigers Are NOT House Pets!
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 13, 2018 Amanda Bunger
Apr 13, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Apr 13, 2018 Ilona Zelissen
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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