Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, stated the Big Cat Safety Act had the assist of legislation enforcement organizations and dozens of zoos and sanctuaries, giving it “significant momentum.”
“Whether it’s Joe Exotic, Doc Antle or Joe Blow, we can’t permit private individuals to keep big cats captive for pleasure or profit,” she stated in an announcement. “These operations endanger the public and produce the worst possible fate for the animals involved.”
Under Mr. Blumenthal’s invoice, it will be unlawful for a non-public particular person to transport huge cats throughout state traces, breed them or personal them. Zoos, sanctuaries and different exhibitors and organizations which can be licensed by the Department of Agriculture or by a federal facility registered with the division could be exempt. Under the invoice, no zoo or exhibitor might enable direct contact between members of the general public and the animals.
The legislation already requires all zoos to be licensed federally, in accordance to Mr. Blumenthal’s workplace.
Ms. Baskin’s group, Big Cat Rescue, has lengthy pushed for the Big Cat Safety Act, which was first launched in 2012. The group has been calling for a ban on cub petting for greater than 20 years.
“There is almost nothing more adorable than a tiger cub, and it’s very understandable if you don’t know the back story to want to pet a tiger cub and take a picture with it,” stated Howard Baskin, Ms. Baskin’s husband and the treasurer and secretary of Big Cat Rescue. “It’s a miserable life for the cub.”
The documentary was criticized by conservation teams and animal rights activists for not focusing sufficient on the abusive practices of roadside zoos and as an alternative enjoying up salacious particulars, together with the thriller across the disappearance of Ms. Baskin’s first husband.
More tigers dwell in captivity in backyards, roadside zoos and truck stops within the United States than remain in the wild, in accordance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.