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Speak Out For Tigers & Big Cats NOW!   Leave a comment

FINAL TWO DAYS! One of the most important actions we can take to help stop the abuse and exploitation of captive tigers and big cats like our beautiful boy Tony is to speak out for them by submitting comments to the USDA asking them to STOP allowing public contact with dangerous animals – cubs and adults.

Wildcat Sanctuary has made it super easy to do at the following link – providing more info and comment examples. Please see their post here: http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/but-mama-where-did-the-tiger-cub-go and TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Thank you TWS for your guidance on this important issue and for providing exemplary homes and care to these amazing cats. (Wildcat Sanctuary is one of three sanctuaries that has a standing offer of a home for Tony.)

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Who Dat Tiger on Killing Fields?   Leave a comment

Thanks to our good friend on Twitter @jmuhj1 for alerting us to Tony’s “cameo appearance” on Discovery Channel’s “Killing Fields.” A very brief clip of Tony,  but we feel it’s important to keep this beautiful tiger and his story fresh and networked. (Click to play video)

 

You can follow Tony on Instagram @tonythetruckstoptiger Please note, posts are “by Tony.”

If you visit and take pics or video please tag him on Instagram or tweet @TonyTiger2000 and @FreeTonyTiger

We truly appreciate everyone’s positive and dedicated support. Thank you.

ROAR FOR TONY & CAPTIVE BIG CATS ON WORLD ANIMAL DAY!   Leave a comment

wad 2015 On World Animal Day  we hope to bring Tony’s story and that of captive big cats to people worldwide and ask for support of Tony and for U.S. residents to take action for captive big cats.

World Animal Day began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animals, and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals. Learn more on the official World Animal Day website: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/

 

Our submission for World Animal Day follows (waiting approval ~ will post link shortly)

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People all over the world have become aware of the serious issue of captive tigers and big cats in the United States because of a very special tiger named Tony who has lived all of his fifteen years as a roadside attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana USA.  Anyone who has followed Tony’s story has experienced both its’ highs and lows. Hard fought victories in court by the Animal Legal Defense Fund found the permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was illegal and revoked; LDWF was blocked from issuing a new permit. Each victory was met with an appeal by Tony’s owner, Michael Sandlin, and subsequently each appeal was denied. A timeline of Tony’s case can be viewed at this link: http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/timelines/tony-the-tiger/

After exhausting all of his options via the courts, Mr. Sandlin enlisted his state Senator, Rick Ward, to propose a bill, SB 250, to exempt himself from Louisiana state law banning private ownership of big cats. The legislation was passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The Animal Legal Defense Fund continues their legal battle for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Tony’s change.org petition asking the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce the 2006 law banning private ownership of big cats remains open and is nearing 52,000 signatures. Please sign – it is open to everyone.

TAKE ACTION:
https://www.change.org/p/ldwf-enforce-louisiana-state-law-amp-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Take action for tigers and big cats! Click the picture and ask your representative to support the Big Cats & Public Safety Act!

Take action for tigers and big cats! Click the picture and ask your representative to support the Big Cats & Public Safety Act!

There are an estimated 10,000 or more captive big cats living across the U.S. They’re housed in backyards, deplorable roadside zoos, and other facilities ill-equipped to care for these wild animals. On September 17, 2015 Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 3546) in the US House. The bill, if enacted, will prohibit private ownership of big cats in the US and help to end the national big cats in captivity crisis. We’re asking United States residents to contact their representative for their support at the following link.

TAKE ACTION:
https://secure3.convio.net/bfusa/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1045

Our vision for Tony is his release to a sanctuary where he will have a home that provides expert care, a natural, spacious, safe habitat, and where he will swim, run, play and engage in a tiger’s natural behaviors — finally rid of the noise, smells and his 15 year incarceration at his truck stop “prison.” Keeping Tony’s story networked is so important. Please check out his social media links and give him a”LIKE” & “FOLLOW” ~ NEVER STOP ROARING!

Join Tony’s Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger

Free Tony The Tiger On WordPress:
https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

Tony’s Story:
https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tonys-story/

Follow Tony on Instagram:
https://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger/ (@TonyTheTruckstopTiger)

Follow Tony On Twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/FreeTonyTiger (@FreeTonyTiger)
http://twitter.com/#!/TonyTiger2000 (@TonyTiger2000)

Tony On Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger

Smithsonian Magazine: America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It   Leave a comment

Re-posting this article from Smithsonian Magazine that mentions the importance of The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act,  (see links below to ask your Congressional reps to co-sponsor it) and features Tony’s picture and story.

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/ask-senate-protect-people-and-big-cats

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

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America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It
No one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United States
By Max Kutner
Smithsonian Magazine
February 2015

Clayton James Eller loved going to his aunt’s house in Millers Creek, North Carolina, where he got to visit Tigger, her 317-pound pet Bengal tiger. One December day in 2003, ten-year-old C.J. was shoveling snow near Tigger’s outdoor pen when the animal attacked him from an opening in the chain-link fence and dragged him under. C.J.’s uncle grabbed his rifle and shot the tiger, but the boy died before he reached the hospital.

Tiger attacks in the United States are always dramatic news—there were 27 reported between 1990 and 2006, with seven people and most of the tigers killed. But maulings aren’t the only problem arising from the perhaps surprising fact that there are more captive tigers in the U.S. than there are wild tigers on earth.

Conservationists estimate that about 3,200 wild tigers remain around the world, while there are some 5,000 tigers in captivity in the U.S., according to the World Wildlife Fund. Even that number is probably low, says Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, an animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, because reporting is “based on the honor system, and we’re dealing with a lot of people that are really dishonorable.” Edward J. Grace, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy assistant director for law enforcement, estimates that the nation is home to more than 10,000 captive tigers. Only about 350 of those, says the WWF, are held in facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For the thousands of tigers in private hands, from those in big-top circuses and roadside attractions to others in backyard dens, the regulations are inconsistent at best. Six states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Alabama and West Virginia) place no restrictions on owning a tiger; 14 states require a permit; and 30 states prohibit ownership, though in some of those states people have been known to flout the law, as in the famous case of the man who kept a tiger in his apartment in Harlem.

One of the problems associated with these captive tigers, animal welfare advocates say, is that many of the creatures suffer. For example, the popular and stunningly beautiful white tigers—all descendants of a single, anomalous albino Bengal named Mohan, captured in 1951, and bred with his daughter—continue to be inbred with immediate family members to disabling effect; one frequent defect is severe strabismus, or crossed eyes, which hampers vision and coordination. Moreover, animal rescuers point out that many privately owned tigers live in deplorable conditions. Some tigers spend lifetimes in small, unsanitary enclosures. And wildlife advocates have accused tiger cub exhibitors of depriving the cats of sleep and exercise, and endangering both animals and people. One well-known captive animal is Tony the Tiger, a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal mix who has spent more than a decade in a cage at a truck stop in Louisiana. Baskin has been working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to bring Tony to her sanctuary, but not everyone thinks his owner should be forced to send him. A Facebook group called “Keep Tony Where He Is” has more than 10,000 “Likes,” and Tony’s owner has called animal rights activists terrorists.

Some advocates argue that America’s other tiger problem, to put it bluntly, is hypocrisy, at least on the world stage. In China, a booming market for tiger parts has fueled the growth of legal “tiger farms,” where the animals are raised to be slaughtered for luxury décor (a tiger pelt can run tens of thousands of dollars) and pricey tiger-bone wine (up to $135 for a half-liter bottle). U.S. conservation groups and others have criticized the tiger farms both on humane grounds and for stoking demand for tigers—including poached wild animals. But Chinese officials dispute the claim that farmed tigers threaten animals in the wild, and, in any case, Americans have little credibility on the subject, given our own large but untallied population of neglected tigers and the patchwork of weak or nonexistent protections, according to J.A. Mills, a wildlife conservationist and author of the new book Blood of the Tiger. “U.S. tigers have a direct bearing on what China does,” she says, “and what China does has a direct bearing on whether wild tigers survive.”

So some advocates are heartened that America is trying to get its regulatory act together. The Fish and Wildlife Service has long overseen buying and selling “pure” tiger subspecies (such as Bengals and Amurs) across state lines, but the agency has limited authority because most privately held tigers are mixed breeds; a 2011 move to expand the agency’s authority over all tigers is reportedly close to being approved. Even more sweeping is the proposed Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, which would formally restrict tiger ownership to facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. (A grandfather clause would allow unaccredited owners to keep their tigers as long as they register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.) The bipartisan bill was introduced in 2013 and may come up again in the new Congressional term. Some tiger owners and businesses feel the bill is overly restrictive, but proponents say it would go a long way toward closing the gap between what we say about the treatment of captive tigers and what we’re actually willing to do about it.

Direct Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/

Help Wildcat Sanctuary on Give To The Max Day TODAY Thursday Nov. 13th!!   Leave a comment

Click the picture above & support The Wildcat Sanctuary on Give To The Max Day – November 13th 2012. Photo Courtesy of The Wildcat Sanctuary.

Click the picture above & support The Wildcat Sanctuary on Give To The Max Day – November 13th 2012.
Photo Courtesy of The Wildcat Sanctuary.

 

Wildcat Sanctuary is one of three sanctuaries that have offered a home for Tony. They have continually supported his release and posted about Tony to their nearly 2 million Facebook Friends. Please support Wildcat Sanctuary TODAY on Give To The Max Day with a donation at the following link:

https://givemn.org/organization/Wildcat-Sanctuary

In April of 2011, this American Sanctuary Association and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries accredited big cat sanctuary in Sandstone MN offered a home for Tony.

 

Click here and support the cats of Wildcat Sanctuary!

Click here and support the cats of Wildcat Sanctuary!

Please support Wildcat Sanctuary on their GIVE TO THE MAX DAY THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 2014.

Sharing this post is also a great way to help…easy share buttons at the end of the post.

Thank You!

Our Mission

Provide a natural sanctuary to wildcats in need and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis.

Our Vision

Help create a world where animal sanctuaries are no longer needed.

Who we are

The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN.  TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis.  TWS is funded solely on private donations.  The Sanctuary is a home for animals, not a zoo for people and is not open to the public.  Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition and exploitation, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart.

Website:    http://www.wildcatsanctuary.org/

Youtube:   http://www.youtube.com/user/WildcatSanctuary

Twitter:     http://twitter.com/#!/wcsanctuary

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildcat-Sanctuary/185864382182

To learn more about The Wildcat Sanctuary view the video below:

ROAR For Tony and Captive Big Cats on World Animal Day ~ October 4th   1 comment

wad tony 2World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and to bring attention to the importance of animals and raise awareness for them.

It began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animals, and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.

Tony is in our hearts and on our minds every day, but special days like this help to bring his story to more people and gain their support for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Please share this post and Tony’s event page on the World Animal Day website:

http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/event/roar-for-tony-captive-big-cats-on-world-animal-day-2/

There you will find actions for Tony and captive big cats as well as links to all his social media sites.

Thanks again for your continued support of the “Free Tony The Tiger Campaign” and to the dedicated efforts of The Animal Legal Defense Fund as they continue the fight for Tony’s release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Reminder and Tweets For Wig It Up Wednesday Feb. 12th!   Leave a comment

shortyWe hope that everyone who tweets joins us tomorrow ~ Wednesday February 12th ~ for a special “Wig It Up” Wednesday. Tony’s Twitter friends @JeffMusk and @cafrindorrell have organized tomorrow’s event to raise awareness for Tony and captive tigers in the United States as well as Tony’s Shorty Awards nomination.

See our previous post for more information: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/february-12-wig-it-up-wednesday-to-raise-awareness-for-captive-tigers/ and Jeff’s post: http://jeffnmom.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/february-wigitup-schedule/

We thought it would a great idea to provide some tweets that you’re welcome to copy and paste for tomorrow. They include facts about Tony, videos about the captive tiger situation, Tony’s Shorty Award nomination, and how you can support a very important bill “The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.” There are also graphics you can use to add to your tweets when you scroll past the tweets below – adding more to this post shortly. Please use the hashtags #WigItUp & #FreeTonyTiger – who knows, maybe we’ll trend!

Keeping Tony’s story and that of the captive tiger/big cat crisis is vital and we’re looking forward to a successful event tomorrow. Thanks again for everyone’s continued support of Tony.

Tweets For Wig It Up Wednesday – February 12th, 2014

We Love Tony! @TonyTiger2000 || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

@TonyTiger2000 deserves a proper home @ a reputable big cat sanctuary! #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Let Tony @TonyTiger2000 Hear Our ROARS! #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

ROAR FOR @TonyTiger2000 & Captive #Tigers!! https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/reminder-and-tweets-for-wig-it-up-wednesday-feb-12th/ || #WigItUp Going on NOW!! #FreeTonyTiger

#Tiger kept ILLEGALLY as a roadside attraction @ #Louisiana truck stop http://www.aldf.org/tony ~ #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Petition: @LDWF: Enforce Louisiana Law! Ensure Tony Is Released 2 Reputable Sanctuary http://ow.ly/h818P || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

WATCH @TonyTiger2000’s @shortyawards campaign video http://youtu.be/LXzUpMhCQWA & VOTE!! || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Nominate @TonyTiger2000 4 a @ShortyAwards: http://shortyawards.com/TonyTiger2000?category=nonhuman Help Raise Awareness 4 Captive #Tigers! || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Tweet & Add a Reason after Because: I nominate @TonyTiger2000 for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because… || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

With just 1 Tweet YOU Can ROAR 4 @TonyTiger2000 & Captive #Tigers! Vote Here: http://shortyawards.com/TonyTiger2000?category=nonhuman

Learn more about @TonyTiger2000’s nomination: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/shorty-awards-update/ || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Did you know @TonyTiger2000 was featured in the @NYTimes?!
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/us/truck-stop-tiger-in-louisiana-stirs-legal-battle.html?_r=0 || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Great pictures of @TonyTiger2000 via his good friend @puppyprotector1 ~ https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/new-pictures-of-tony-jan-19-2014-via-puppyprotector1/ || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Say hello 2 @TonyTiger2000’s beautiful tweetheart @LucyLiberte & support her petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/allow-a-panel-of-external-elephant-experts-to-examine-lucy || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Meet @TonyTiger2000 ‘s bestest #LittleBuddy ~ @IAmSmittyKitty ~ a pawsome furiend to ALL #anipals! || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Two of @TonyTiger2000’s warriors @danapixie & @HRHDuchessII – rocking the @shortyawards with their tweets! || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Join @TonyTiger2000′s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FreeTonyTheTiger || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Get Social with @TonyTiger2000 on @Instagram: http://instagram.com/tonythetruckstoptiger# || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Get Social with @TonyTiger2000 on @Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeTonyTheTiger || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Check out @TonyTiger2000’s WordPress blog: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/ || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

@TonyTiger2000 is 1 of the est. 5,000+ privately owned tigers in U.S. Appx. 3,200 tigers left in the wild || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

#Tigers Don’t Belong @ Truck Stops!! @TonyTiger2000 || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

In 2003, 3 #tigers taken from Tiger Truck Stop – @TonyTiger2000 left behind https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/tony-left-behind-in-2003/ || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

@ALDF is commited 2 @TonyTiger2000’s release 2 a reputable sanctuary! WATCH: http://ow.ly/h8R5v || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

True Blood’s @BauerVanStraten Speaks Out 4 @TonyTiger2000 http://ow.ly/h8RKy || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

2006 #Louisiana state law prohibits private ownership of #tigers! http://ow.ly/h8SG0 || #FreeTonyTiger ‏~ #WigItUp

Learn more about Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act!! http://ow.ly/hlSJ8 #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Watch @BigCatRescue’s #tiger Zabu in their 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation! http://youtu.be/bPfVabAabvg || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Est.10,000 big cats kept in U.S. by private owners. http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/tigers/big-cats-captivity || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

WATCH: Baby #Tigers To Go http://youtu.be/981UV8r-SkQ Cubs used in Pay4Play &photo ops! || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

WATCH: CUTE TIGER CUBS – Robbed from the Cradle! http://youtu.be/_cS5wINA53g || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

WATCH: #Tigers in the U.S. http://youtu.be/n80OuEA2f3w & learn more about the serious issue of captive tigers #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

WATCH: Backyard #Tigers of America http://youtu.be/yLeXQQaBkDg In some states it’s legal to own big cats as pets! #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Did you know that there are more #tigers in American backyards than left in the wild? http://youtu.be/52XvqIBBNgo || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

@WCSanctuary is one big cat sanctuary that has offered a home 4 @TonyTiger2000 http://youtu.be/V6UtFxZegKs || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

No More Wild Pets! #Tiger Exotic Pet PSA http://youtu.be/iL8LNy6up9Q via @wcsanctuary | #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

@BigCatRescue has also offered @TonyTiger2000 a home http://youtu.be/6nOZ8lcJC5s || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Can you imagine @TonyTiger2000 “On Vacation”? WATCH TJ #Tiger of @BigCatRescue ~ http://youtu.be/4Byq7jqArU0 || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Tell the Senate to protect people & big cats! http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats-senate || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Tell the House to protect people and big cats! http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Is it legal to keep a #tiger as a backyard pet? WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80EwloYo7-8 via @ALDF || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Help Captive Big Cats in the U.S. http://www.ad-international.org/conservation/go.php?id=3496&ssi=14 via @AnimalDefenders || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

The Most Important Bill Ever to Protect Big Cats from Abuse! https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond || #FreeTonyTiger ~ #WigItUp

Love & Thanks @JeffMusk & @cafrindorrell 4 organizing this special #WigItUp Wednesday 2 raise awareness 4 @TonyTiger2000 & captive #tigers!

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GRRRRR-OWL-O-WEEN Big Cat Style!   Leave a comment

Sharing this Halloween video from Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida of the cats enjoying their pumpkins – and as always thinking of Tony and hoping he too will soon experience enrichment and a wonderful home like this.

 

ROAR For Tony and Captive Big Cats on World Animal Day!   Leave a comment

wad tonyWorld Animal Day Event Link: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/event/roar-for-tony-captive-big-cats-on-world-animal-day/

World Animal Day is a special day to commemorate the respect and love we have for animals and also to bring attention to the importance of animals and raise awareness for them. It began in 1931 in Florence at a convention of ecologists as a means to highlight endangered species. Since then it has developed to include all animal life and countries around the world participate in and celebrate this day. World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.

While Tony is in our hearts and on our minds every day, special days like this help to bring his story to more people and gain their support for his release to a reputable big cat sanctuary.

Tony’s Petition is nearing 31,000 signatures. Please Sign & Share! Petition link: http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act has been reintroduced as HR 1998 in the House and S 1381 in the Senate. Please ask your member of Congress to sign on as a co-sponsor this bill!
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/30111/Respond

Ask USDA to Ban Cub Handling
https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/33158/Respond

Make Your Voice Count Please visit WSPA http://www.wspamove.org/theun/  and participate in their “Make Your Voice Count” campaign. Tell them why animals are important to you and help move the United Nations to get animal protection onto the global agenda.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of Tony. We remain positive and dedicated to ensuring his release to a proper home.

Senate Bill Introduced for Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act!   2 comments

Please reacaptived this press release from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and take action at the two links below:

Tell Congress to protect people and big cats! HR 1998

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats

Tell the Senate to protect people and big cats! S 1381

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/tell-congress-protect-people-and-big-cats-senate

IFAW Gains Senate Support for the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) today introduced (S.1381) the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. Initiated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and supported by a coalition of animal welfare groups, the bill aims at banning private possession and breeding of tigers, lions, and other captive big cats in the United States. The House version of the bill (H.R. 1998) was introduced earlier this year by U.S. Representatives Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Current state laws addressing keeping big cats as pets widely fluctuate, with some states banning the practice while exempting a host of USDA exhibitors, and others with partial to no restrictions at all. The bill would establish a single, nationwide policy against the captive big cat pet and roadside zoo trade, while requiring current owners to register their big cats.

“The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is a common-sense solution to a situation that has spiraled out of control,” Senator Blumenthal said. “Thousands of dangerous big cats are kept in deplorable conditions as backyard pets and in roadside zoos across the nation. This bill would alleviate the threat these animals pose to the general public.”

Congress first introduced the bill in light of the tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio and many others preceding it. In Zanesville, an exotic animal owner released 38 big cats and 18 other dangerous animals and then took his own life. To protect the surrounding community, first responders, who were neither trained nor properly equipped to handle a situation of that magnitude, were forced to shoot and kill nearly all of the animals.

IFAW Campaigns Officer Tracy Coppola notes, “Apart from the serious animal welfare aspects of this issue, we must not forget that it poses a massive burden on the first responders who often find themselves at the forefront of dealing with the dangers that captive big cats pose when kept in private hands across America.”

IFAW’s big cats database (www.ifaw.org/bigcatadvocates) shows that since 1997, incidents involving these captive animals have resulted in 22 human deaths, including five children. Meanwhile, over 200 people have been mauled or injured and scores of big cats have been killed

In addition to the human and animal fatalities, private ownership and breeding of big cats also undermines wildlife conservation because it can contribute to illegal international wildlife trade. There is currently no way to know how many U.S.-born big cats are disposed of or when their parts are illegally sold into the black market.

The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act now heads to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. IFAW is calling on citizens, including all first responders, to urge their Senators to co-sponsor the bill today.

More information is available at www.ifaw.org/bigcatadvocates.

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.

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http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/ifaw-gains-senate-support-big-cats-and-public-safety-protection-act

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