Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Big Cats are NOT pets! Please sign petition to help stop "pet ownership" of big cats...

Target: U.S. Congress Sponsored by: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) In the past two decades, 21 people -- 5 of them children -- have been killed by captive big cats in the United States. And there have been 246 maulings -- and 254 escapes. It is estimated that there are now between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private ownership in the United States, with more tigers privately-owned than exist in the wild. It's virtually impossible for a private owner to provide an appropriate habitat for a large wild cat. Sadly, the cats often live their entire adult lives in cramped backyard kennels, basements or even warehouses. Two members of the House of Representatives, Rep. Buck McKeon and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, have just introduced a bipartisan bill (the 'Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act') that would prohibit the private possession of big cats (except by accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries). Please sign this petition to urge Congress to pass this lifesaving legislation.

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