‘Tiger King’ Shows Cruel Tiger Cub–Petting Industry: Here’s What You Can Do

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Update: May 17, 2021
At the end of 2020, the Big Cat Public Safety Act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a strong majority, thanks to feedback from compassionate constituents like you. The Senate failed to pass the legislation before the last session ended, but in January 2021, the bill was reintroduced into the new session of Congress as HR 263 by bipartisan sponsors, and on April 19, it was reintroduced into the Senate as S 1210. If passed, the measure would prohibit private ownership of big cats and restrict direct contact between them and the public, putting an end to cruel and dangerous cub-petting operations.

We need your help again! Please urge your members of Congress to support HR 263/S 1210.


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While the hit Netflix docuseries Tiger King shines a light on the cruel tiger cub petting industry, it may have left you wondering what you can do.

In nature, big cats often have home ranges of hundreds of miles in which to roam, swim, climb, choose their mates, and raise their young. But when used for photo ops, cubs are torn away from their mothers when they’re just hours, days, or weeks old. Once they’re too big to control, exhibitors regard them as nothing more than an expense—one that can live as long as 20 years. While Tiger King indicates that some of the animals are killed, what it doesn’t tell you is that most are relegated to dingy cages at decrepit roadside zoos and sometimes used for breeding to perpetuate the cycle.

Tony the tiger in cage

To help end public contact with tigers and other big cats as well as private breeding and possession of these animals, please use the form below to let your U.S. representative and senators know that you support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR 263/S 1210), which would end private ownership of dangerous big cats, safeguarding both wild animals and communities across the U.S. Please customize your letter and tell your members of Congress why this is important to you as their constituent.

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