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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


Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 18, 2018 Cynthia Lantz
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 8, 2018 Terry Wallerstedt
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 8, 2018 Gina Hart
Jun 7, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 25, 2018 Nicole Goberdhan
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
May 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
May 23, 2018 Janet Ginepro
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 Shellie Vann-Volk
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 21, 2018 alina stan
May 21, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 21, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
May 21, 2018 Gilly Lloyd
May 21, 2018 Tina Collins
May 21, 2018 Diane Parks
May 21, 2018 Sarah Hugo
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Wendy Springstead
May 21, 2018 Laura Valentine
May 21, 2018 Cynthia Fravel
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 17, 2018 Florence Sullivan
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden What the actual hell is wrong with people??!!
May 15, 2018 Jane Montonen
May 14, 2018 Reid Larimore
May 14, 2018 Mauveen Lambert
May 13, 2018 Ellen Grossman
May 13, 2018 marcel matias
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 Jan Allen
May 10, 2018 Dena Shelangoski Want a tiger? Get figures and stuffed animals instead of the real animal that you won't be able to take of. Or get a real house cat instead. Ones that are meant for us to have.
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 7, 2018 VANESSA MANGIARANO
May 7, 2018 Angelina Manuel save our wildlife.
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson

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