Two hundred and eighteen votes are required to pass the bill
Big cats such as lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, and jaguars are wild animals and belong in the wild. Yet today, there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than in the wild. Individuals and families often purchase them as babies to be kept as pets, often ignoring just how large the animals grow. As a result, many are left to waste away in cages in backyards and basements. The Big Cat Public Safety Act would help end this cruelty.
Currently, there are no federal requirements for private ownership of big cats. Although the Captive Wildlife Safety Act does restrict the transportation and sale of big cats across state lines and the national border and some states require licensing or registering of the animals, there is limited effort to enforce compliance with the registration of the animals or interstate transportation of the animals. Without stronger regulations and enforcement, the big cat breeding and exhibition industry will continue to grow. Currently, household dogs and cats are more heavily regulated than big cats.
What the Big Cat Public Safety Act will do
Require licensing by the United States Department of Agriculture of all lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrid of these species owned by individuals
Require current owners to register their animals with local first responders and animal control officers
Restrict direct contact between the public and big cats
Prohibit private individuals and unaccredited facilities from breeding of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any hybrid of these species
Did you know...
Businesses that profit from exhibiting cubs for photo opportunities can legally call themselves sanctuaries or rescues even though they often engage in ongoing cycles of breeding and selling cubs once they are approximately 12 weeks old
Many of the cubs are sold into the so-called exotic pet trade while others end up on the black market to be sold for their body parts
The ongoing inbreeding and confinement results in numerous health problems for big cats, including deformed paws, hip dysplasia, and cataracts
Since 1990, there have been nearly 400 dangerous incidents involving captive big cats in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Five children and 20 adults lost their lives and others lost limbs or suffered traumatic injuries
Support H.R. 1380
This action is US based only for the purpose of reaching US legislative representatives.