>The House in a 272-114 vote Thursday passed legislation known as the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would ban private ownership of big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars or cougars. The measure would make it illegal for someone to breed or own big cats without an animal exhibition license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture but would grandfather in current owners if they register with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and abide by federal regulations.
As a kid in Texas years ago, we used to pass by this house on the way to the grocery store that had a tiger chained in the front yard. 30 years later, I’m still pissed. End this.
The problem, as I saw it.. was that they basically exploit the tiger cubs for massive cash, because people pay big money to play with tiger cubs… but when they get older and aren’t safe, they become at best less profitable if not fully unprofitable. After a while, that just becomes a bunch of neglected adult tigers.
Wish this didn’t take that lunacy to happen. Why is it that we can’t just common sense this shit?
If you care about this issue watch the documentary “The Elephant in the Living Room” it’s on Amazon Prime and according to Google it’s on itunes too. The movie is 10 years old but sadly still very relevant and it’s serious, so it’s not about entertainment, it’s about educating people to the problem. Fair warning it’s pretty heavy and there is information about animal abuse that happens. They cover the trafficking more than Tiger King did. I thought it was really good though.
“While wild animals are mere subjects of fascination for many, some in the United States take the step of bringing them into their homes. This documentary explores the trend of individuals keeping exotic animals as pets and the problems that surround the issue. Among those interviewed are Tim Harrison, an expert on dealing with dangerous pets that have escaped or can’t be controlled by their owners, and Terry Brumfield, a troubled man who finds solace in his relationship with his two pet lions.”
Edited for clarity and again to fix the title