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Ban Ownership Of Big Cats As Pets
Join me to ban the sell and ownership of exotic cats in the United States. Some states have banned the sell and possession of big cats as pets. Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary that has saved a lot of these wildcats. They have a lot of room there and if possible will release them in the wild. Wild Animal Sanctuary saves big cats and other large carnivores like bears and wolves from horrible situations of people who own them as pets. Give these animals a chance to have long and prosperous lives where they belong, in the wild! Copy and paste State Laws below to send a letter to the senator of your state regarding this issue.
Louisana State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals
LA. ADMIN. CODEtit. 76, §115 - Possession of Potentially Dangerous Wild Quadrupeds, Big Exotic Cats, and Non-Human Primates
A. This Commission finds that possession of certain potentially dangerous quadrupeds, big exotic cats, and non-human primates poses significant hazards to public safety and health, is detrimental to the welfare of the animals, and may have negative impacts on conservation and recovery of some threatened and endangered species.
1. The size and strength of such animals in concert with their natural and unpredictable and/or predatory nature can result in severe injury or death when an attack upon a human occurs. Often such attacks are unprovoked and a person other than the owner, often a child, is the victim. Furthermore, there is no approved rabies vaccine for such animals, so even minor scratches and injuries inflicted upon humans or other animals could be deadly.
2. Responsible possession of these potentially dangerous wild quadrupeds, big exotic cats, and non-human primates necessitates that they be confined in secure facilities. Prolonged confinement is by its nature stressful to these animals and proper long-term care by experienced persons is essential to the health and welfare of these animals and to society.
3. Certain of these animals are listed as endangered species and others are so similar in appearance to endangered subspecies as to make practical distinction difficult. This similarity of appearance may provide a means to market illegally obtained endangered animals and can limit the effective enforcement of endangered species laws.
B. This Commission regulation prohibits importation and private possession, and otherwise regulates certain wild quadrupeds, big exotic cats, and non-human primates as provided herein.
Purpose: This bill would assist in the conservation of rare canids and rare felids. Financial resources would be provided to conservation programs in nations within the range of these animals' populations, and funding would be provided to those with demonstrated expertise in protecting these animals.
Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Action: SUPPORT. Please contact your Representative and urge him/her to support H.R. 411. Tell your Representative that many wild populations of canids and felids %u2014 that once were considered common %u2014 are now in decline. Their long-term survival in the wild is in serious jeopardy, and this legislation will help to conserve rare species.
Talking Points for your letter
Of the 37 wild felid species worldwide, all are currently recognized as species in need of protection under federal and/or international laws. Of the 35 wild canid species worldwide, nearly 50 percent are recognized as in need of such protection.
Large felids and canids are considered both umbrella and indicator species. Healthy populations of these species act as an important indicator of the integrity of entire ecosystems and, because they require large wild spaces to persist, their presence benefits entire ecosystems and a large number of other species. Measures taken to benefit these keystone species will ultimately benefit a great number of other species.
Rare felids and rare canids face an array of threats, including loss of habitat and natural prey, intentional and unintentional takings by humans, and disease transmission. These threats need to be addressed in a coordinated fashion.
Conservation of rare felid and rare canid populations requires global commitment. Adequate funding for conservation is sorely lacking, and many range countries for those species do not have adequate infrastructure to protect species of concern. Those countries that do provide assistance to threatened populations need further assistance in implementing effective conservation strategies.
In particular, in developing nations with limited resources, poverty, population growth, and habitat loss all present significant challenges to conservation of rare felids and rare canids.
Although some protections and initiatives exist to conserve rare felid and rare canid populations and their habitat, those efforts can be significantly strengthened and enhanced by increased coordination and the infusion of targeted funding to benefit species of concern.
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