Friday October 21: Last Day To Help Tigers Like Tony!!   1 comment

Tragedy in Zanesville Ohio

TODAY is the last day to submit comments to the USFWS stating you support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers. This is such an important action to take for Tony and the estimated 5,000 to 10,000 tigers like him privately owned in the United States. { Re: Zanesville tragedy }

For more information see the post Help Protect Captive Tigers in the United States from The Animal Legal Defense Fund below.

Direct link to submit comments: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-IA-2011-0027-14468  All you need to do is state ” I support the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers.”

Please Take Action For The Animals Killed in Zanesville Ohio

Ohio: It’s Time to Ban Dangerous Exotic Animals
https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5229

Ohio Residents: Take Action After Exotic Animal Massacre
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8525

Gov. John Kasich: Ban the sale, ownership, and harboring of wild and exotic animals in Ohio
http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-john-kasich-ban-the-sale-ownership-and-harboring-of-wild-

Continue to support Tony and The Animal Legal Defense by signing and sharing Tony’s petitions and keeping his story active. Visit: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/take-action/ for petition links and more. Upcoming hearings for Tony are scheduled for November 2, 2011.

Thank you again for your support of Tony and all animals who deserve our respect, protection and advocacy.

From The Animal Legal Defense Fund:

Help Protect Captive Tigers in the U.S.

While the disturbing circumstances surrounding Tony the truck stop tiger have have received enormous attention, there are an estimated 5,000 – 10,000 additional captive tigers throughout the U.S. The majority of these big cats are classified by the federal government as “generic” tigers – tigers that are not purebred and are not in the same classification as endangered tigers in zoos (Tony, for example, is a Siberian-Bengal mix). Most of these tigers are kept as exotic “pets” and are virtually unregulated by the federal government due to a 1998 United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) rule that exempted “generic” tigers from the permit and reporting requirements that normally apply to endangered species. Due to the current lack of regulation by the federal government, there is not an accurate count of how many thousands of these tigers are living in the country, or whether they live in potentially abusive – and dangerous – conditions.

After years of pressure by tiger advocates, the USFWS, on August 22, published a proposed rule that would eliminate this generic tiger exemption. Should it be adopted, all tigers in the country, regardless of their lineage, would be better tracked and regulated by the federal government. People who own these tigers would be required to report annually on the number of tigers they have in captivity and on activities involving the tigers. Until this information becomes available, there is only anecdotal knowledge about the extent and whereabouts of the tiger population in this country. Such critical information could play a vital role in advancing laws that acknowledge and protect these currently “invisible” animals.

Take Action!
The USFWS is accepting comments on this proposed change through October 21, 2011 and your help is crucially needed! Please submit a comment in support of the proposal to eliminate the exemption for “generic” tigers today. Your support will help demonstrate to the USFWS that Americans are deeply concerned about better protections and oversight for captive tigers.

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One response to “Friday October 21: Last Day To Help Tigers Like Tony!!

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  1. This senseless tragedy did not have to happen. However these animals came into the possession of Terry Thompson, wild animals should remain as such.Before more life is wasted, please reconsider how the process and requirements of obtaining big cats is established. There should be a country-wide law there is no legitimate reason why, I or any one else should own a tiger.

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