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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

Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 17, 2018 Jeanne Lyke
Aug 17, 2018 Glenn Showalter
Aug 17, 2018 Fritz Hans
Aug 17, 2018 Kathleen Neely
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Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Tiia Pitkänen
Aug 15, 2018 Danielle Stidham
Aug 15, 2018 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Aug 15, 2018 K Van Loon
Aug 15, 2018 Dianne Turner
Aug 14, 2018 Michele Osland
Aug 14, 2018 Reitz Tanja
Aug 14, 2018 Jennifer Webb
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Aug 14, 2018 Rositta Gile
Aug 14, 2018 Frank Florio
Aug 14, 2018 Dana Fillion
Aug 13, 2018 Ken Stein
Aug 13, 2018 sharon porter
Aug 13, 2018 Pam Yoder
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Carol Edgerton
Aug 13, 2018 vanyoska gee
Aug 13, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Aug 13, 2018 JOANNA TWIGG
Aug 13, 2018 Robert Krone
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Sam allen Tigers are not meant to be pets ffs! Leave these beautiful animals alone to leave out their lives in the wild.
Aug 12, 2018 Liza Ruiz
Aug 11, 2018 Kim Lanier
Aug 10, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 9, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Aug 8, 2018 Kathy Mason
Aug 8, 2018 Gloria Resa
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Myriam ROBERT
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 5, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Natalia Savenkova
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton

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