Ban Large Cats as "Exotic Pets" in U.S.A

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Lions, and tigers, and extinction, oh my!

One of the wonderful things about today's society is that people are able to express themselves like never before without facing ridicule. Going against the mainstream crowd is no longer uncommon instead it's celebrated. Afterall, nothing truly say's "I'm unique" more than having a cheetah as a pet. Most owners of big cats are convinced that they're doing a favor to these animals, they're providing them with food and shelter, all while being able to brag about living with a tiger. On the surface, it seems like a win-win situation. However, this is far from the truth.

Many large cats are endangered due to habitat loss and/or poaching, as well as the underreported large exotic animal trade. These gorgeous creatures are being taken out of their natural habitat and forced into foreign environments in domestic households that aren't equipped to handle the needs of such animals. Which is why we need to take action and stop the trade of these animals and harmful ownership of such species.

If your unsure of what animals are considered "big/large cats", the following is a list of them. Most of which contain several species on WWF endangered species list, such as the Javan leopard or South China tiger.

-Lions
-Tigers
-Lynx's
-Cheetahs
-Jaguars
-Leopards

Recent studies show that there are more tigers in households than in the wild! According to "bigcatrescue.org" currently, 21 out of 50 states have a ban on large cats (as well as all other species considered exotic animals) as pets. While of the remaining 29 states, 24 require some form of permit or only specific species, and 5 have no restrictions at all.

This is a link to the website for further information on states laws regarding the possession of large cats: https://bigcatrescue.org/state-laws-exotic-cats/

With your signature, we are one step closer to putting these big cats back in their natural habitat, allowing them to flourish in the wild. Help us today and maybe tomorrow we can take these species off the endangered species list forever!



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