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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


Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Brandon Ramkissoon Tigers are not pets they do not belong in private homes they belong in the wild. the wild is there home not in a house as a pet.
Jan 14, 2018 susi holloway wild animals deserve to live out their lives in the wild - they are not meant to be pets. & tigers cannot, by definition, be pets...anyone who tries to do that deserves, themselves, to be put in a cage.
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Carol Bostick
Jan 14, 2018 Suzanne Danielson
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Jeffrey Wiles Private homes are NOT zoos and accredited sanctuaries..maintain the difference for exotic cat ownership!!!
Jan 14, 2018 Sherry Althouse please help us......
Jan 14, 2018 Robin Ranchau
Jan 14, 2018 Paula Geier
Jan 14, 2018 Molly Pollard
Jan 14, 2018 THOMAS GINNELLY
Jan 14, 2018 Colleen Emerson
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Julie Summerfield
Jan 14, 2018 jon riendeau
Jan 14, 2018 Krystal Weilage
Jan 14, 2018 Susan Schwartz
Jan 14, 2018 H.C. Norris
Jan 14, 2018 Marie Soules
Jan 14, 2018 Buford Staton
Jan 14, 2018 Buford Staton
Jan 14, 2018 Buchannan Jackson
Jan 14, 2018 G.T. Taylor
Jan 14, 2018 Gary Hill
Jan 14, 2018 Kristin Cucolo
Jan 14, 2018 Sharon Gellert
Jan 14, 2018 Kathryn Long
Jan 14, 2018 Fernando Pueblo
Jan 14, 2018 Jose Avetikyan
Jan 14, 2018 Alisa Adobajor
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Wild animals should be protected from stupid and/or selfish humans. Please widen the scope of the Lacey Act to help these animals and protect humans as well.
Jan 14, 2018 Pamela Unger
Jan 14, 2018 George & Bernadette Smith
Jan 14, 2018 Shereeh Courtney
Jan 14, 2018 Cheryl Catron
Jan 14, 2018 Debbie Cieplinski This is a WILD animal we are talking about! Those people have lost their minds. Tigers belong in the jungle, not in someone’s house.
Jan 14, 2018 Betania Bernardes Silva
Jan 14, 2018 Linda Howard
Jan 14, 2018 Kurt Jacobowitz-Cain
Jan 14, 2018 Barb Holznagel
Jan 14, 2018 Loreli Cavaluzzi
Jan 14, 2018 Gayly Opem There are more than enough house cats available in the U.S. to serve has pets. Exotic cats should not be considered as house pets.
Jan 14, 2018 Joseph Folino Gallo
Jan 14, 2018 Barbara Mintz
Jan 14, 2018 Kristina Bedic
Jan 14, 2018 Kim Chavez

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