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Captive tigers need your help–take action today!
|© Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals|
To appease Michael Sandlin, whose captivity of Tony the tiger was declared illegal by the Louisiana Court of Appeal, the Louisiana Senate is currently considering a bill that would expand exemptions to the state’s ban on private possession of big cats.
Louisiana law rightfully bans private ownership of tigers and other large cats. There are a few exemptions, but the law itself is clear. The new bill, Senate Bill (S.B.) 250, would create a retroactive exemption, expanding the ways in which people could possess big cats in the state. Exemptions to the ban on big-cat ownership waste the state’s resources simply to accommodate those who want to confine wild animals.
This terrible exemption bill could be heard on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday!* Now is the time to call your state senator and tell him or her that you don’t support exemptions to animal protection laws.
Pick up the phone now! Take five minutes to make a brief, polite call to your state senator. You can simply say, “Hello. I am one of your constituents, and I’m concerned about the welfare of captive tigers in our state. I would like for you to vote against S.B. 250.”
After you call, please send a follow-up message using the form below and again ask your senator to vote against S.B. 250.
Please help us oppose this blatant attempt to subvert animal protection laws in Louisiana. Tell lawmakers to keep Louisiana’s big-cat law strong instead of watering it down with more exemptions.
*Bill is “pending Senate final passage on MONDAY 4/21/2014”