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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

Nov 17, 2017 Sylvie Auger
Nov 17, 2017 Sandra Lee Sherman
Nov 15, 2017 Julie Holt
Nov 13, 2017 Maria Angela Caliari
Nov 13, 2017 Brandi Mounts
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 12, 2017 colin redwood
Nov 12, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Nov 12, 2017 Jean Le Marquand It is inhumane to keep wild animals in captivity; also, it is dangerous both to humans and the wild animal. Tigers in private captivity are not subject to inspection and are therefore very vulnerable to cruelty and neglect.
Nov 12, 2017 JANICK SANSON
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Avelina Pereira
Nov 11, 2017 Amanda Barnes
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 barbara gale
Nov 11, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 11, 2017 Ian Hughes
Nov 11, 2017 Terri Raimondo
Nov 11, 2017 Clara Rodriguez
Nov 11, 2017 Sondra Bustos
Nov 11, 2017 Caroline Harris
Nov 11, 2017 Bonnie Steiger
Nov 11, 2017 diana bryant
Nov 11, 2017 Deborah Stanton Something needs to be done. And to address this subject.
Nov 11, 2017 Michele Mele
Nov 11, 2017 Ellen Gurtner
Nov 10, 2017 Sue Fellows
Nov 10, 2017 Eva-Maria Besold
Nov 10, 2017 Guilherme Bettamio Cerbella
Nov 10, 2017 Esmeralda Martín Martín
Nov 10, 2017 Jocelyne Peiffer
Nov 10, 2017 Karen Norton Leave them in the wild with their moms
Nov 10, 2017 Neil Hahn
Nov 10, 2017 tami mccready
Nov 10, 2017 Ellen Tieszen
Nov 10, 2017 magda kemp
Nov 10, 2017 Bettina Wenk
Nov 10, 2017 Kathy Miller
Nov 10, 2017 Pat Callaghan Tigers are definitely not pets and should be respected they need to be free
Nov 10, 2017 Abderrahmane Mekhfi
Nov 10, 2017 Charleigh McConnell
Nov 10, 2017 Tessa Hayward
Nov 10, 2017 Neville Bruce
Nov 9, 2017 Françoise BEGUIN
Nov 9, 2017 Sue Tucker
Nov 9, 2017 Janet Delaney
Nov 9, 2017 Andrea Beltrami
Nov 9, 2017 nathalie verbéque
Nov 9, 2017 Coralie Benton
Nov 9, 2017 Janice Chui

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