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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

Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Cara Gregory
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 13, 2018 Martha Swartz
Feb 13, 2018 Teresa Campbell Keeping tigers or any big in captivity is vain and foolish. Exotic animals belong in the wild or in sanctuaries where they can be properly cared for and allowed natural habitat and movement. It is insane to allow the ego and greed of mankind to do this.
Feb 12, 2018 Holly Moloney
Feb 12, 2018 b Winkler
Feb 11, 2018 Jill Ardemagni
Feb 11, 2018 Robin Budry
Feb 11, 2018 Kati Sonnenburg
Feb 9, 2018 Kt Hertfelder
Feb 1, 2018 Angel Orona
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2018 Deb Giles
Jan 27, 2018 Chris Stukesbary
Jan 26, 2018 v Hood
Jan 23, 2018 Lindie Brown
Jan 23, 2018 Carol Goerke
Jan 23, 2018 Richard Barker
Jan 23, 2018 Sandi Aden
Jan 23, 2018 Dianne Douglas
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 22, 2018 Carol Dibbens No one should be allowed to keep tigers or any wild animals in domestic conditions as household pets This should be banned They must stay in the wild
Jan 20, 2018 susan shawket Only a brainless moron will have a tiger for a pet.
Jan 18, 2018 Christina Konle
Jan 17, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Jan 17, 2018 Sonja Nielsen
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 9, 2018 Dana Fox
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 5, 2018 Deborah Bell
Jan 2, 2018 Jo Ardell
Jan 1, 2018 Diana Talbott There must be laws enacted to make it illegal to own, sell or breed wild animals in the US and around the world.
Jan 1, 2018 Jan Novotny
Dec 31, 2017 Kathy Gynane
Dec 30, 2017 Allan Booyjzsen
Dec 30, 2017 Asfa Aman
Dec 30, 2017 Marty Price Just no end to human stupidity and greed.
Dec 30, 2017 Winn Adams
Dec 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 30, 2017 Béatrice GUILLAUME Protégeons la faune sauvage et la flore avant qu'il ne soit trop tard...
Dec 30, 2017 Ainga Dobbelaere
Dec 30, 2017 Sandra Hildreth Lions deserve to be free. They need to run, be with a female and to eat.
Dec 29, 2017 Heidi Ludwick
Dec 29, 2017 Margie Fourie

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