Thousands of big cats are kept as pets or maintained in ill-equipped roadside zoos in the U.S. Kate Dylewsky, Program Associate at Born Free USA, discusses the recently introduced Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1818), that would advance animal welfare and protect public safety by prohibiting possession and breeding of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cat species by private individuals and unqualified exhibitors.
This bill would strengthen the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, the existing federal law passed unanimously in 2003, by closing the loopholes that allow private possession of big cats by unqualified individuals. Existing owners that do not qualify for an exemption may keep the big cats they currently possess so long as they notify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bill provides for reasonable exemptions for wildlife sanctuaries and exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture that meet basic standards intended to protect the public and the animals.
This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on April 19, 2017.
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