Late last night H.R. 1380, The Big Cat Public Safety Act, took one big step closer to becoming law. The bill introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) passed a crucial vote in the US House of Representatives 272 -114, gaining the 2/3 majority required. The bill now requires a vote in the US Senate and presidential approval to become law.
Captive big cats need your help. There are more captive tigers behind bars in the US than there are anywhere else in the wild.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act would prohibit the possession of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrid of these species by private individuals. This bill also restricts direct contact between the public and big cats. It is narrowly focused on pet big cats and includes exemptions for sanctuaries, universities, and zoos.
This is a rare bipartisan effort to legislate for animals at a federal level. H.R. 1380 received 48 Republican votes as well as 224 Democratic votes. Now the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will decide whether or not to schedule a vote in the US senate.
More than 10,000 of you have already written your Congressional representatives urging them to support H.R. 1380. Now we need your support again. Please encourage your US senator to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act and force a vote on this important legislation.
Captive big cats need your help. There are more captive tigers behind bars in the US than there are anywhere else in the wild. They suffer from neglect and abuse, languishing in cages where they cannot do anything that comes naturally to them, like running and hunting.
Even if you have already signed this action, please act again as the Big Cat Public Safety Act edges closer to becoming law.