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Speak Up for Big Cats!

    1. Petition by

      Ecology Club

Did you know that there are over 20,000 captive big cats in the United States?

 

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these cats are exotic pets living in small houses and backyards. Studies have shown that life in captivity puts emotional stress on the animals. Additionally, all big cats are very powerful and retain their wild instincts even if they are born in captivity, making them very dangerous to the community.

 

Big cat cubs are adorable and impossible to resist! Many roadside zoos and petting zoos charge the public to interact with tiger, lion, or cheetah cubs. Unfortunately, this means that big cats must be bred constantly to provide a steady flow of cubs. Young animals are snatched away from their mothers sometimes only hours after birth. These cubs cannot play, explore, or sleep interrupted for long periods of time; they must be constantly reawakened to keep the sessions profitable. Older cubs are later discarded, often to poor, overcrowded facilities where they live out their lives in small cages.

 

Some people believe that since big cat populations are dwindling so quickly that keeping them in captivity helps wild populations. But all too often, unwanted big cats end up in the canned hunt or killed for their parts. A tiger is worth more dead than alive, and killing these cats in captivity only increases the demand, meaning more wild tigers will be poached for their parts.



The good news is that there’s hope to end the exotic cat trade in America. On March 1st, 2012, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 4122/S. 3547) was introduced to protect these animals. Join your voice with ours and tell Congress to enact the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. Your voice could mean their life.

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    • Aysegul Kafali DORDRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS
      • 7 months ago

      because it's cruel to keep wild animals

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    • B Oshust WEST KELOWNA, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      If you've got the money to keep one, please use it instead to help preserve their habitats and they themselves!

      Costs aside, when in inappropriate environments such as a human's personal estate (too often too small), these cats are dangers to themselves, their owners, and their owners' communities; I'd much rather see them from afar in their natural habitat than put down because of another human's stupidity.

      It's clichéd, but watching over them is a form of love too!

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    • Zoe Blarg KK, WA
      • 8 months ago

      Big cats mean the world to me, and they should NOT be put through this kind of treatment.

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    • Chinon Boyd CENTREVILLE, VA
      • 8 months ago

      Big cats need and deserve much more than the average human being can provide. Not only are they difficult to care for, they are dangerous as well, and keeping them as "pets" is extremely irresponsible and puts lives in danger (including the cats themselves). Owning big cats as pets is detrimental, especially for the ones that are endangered. Instead of owning a big cat in a home, there are so many zoos and sanctuaries that would be more than happy to receive donations to help support and care for their animals.

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    • boyd hore ARMIDALE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      SANCTUARIES FOR ALL OF THESE CATS PLEASE .

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