'Tiger King' Shows Cruel Tiger Cub Petting Industry: Here's What You Can Do

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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 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 up to 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 in decrepit roadside zoos and sometimes used for breeding to perpetuate the cycle.

Tony the tiger in cage

To help end the private breeding and possession of tigers and other big cats, please use the form below to let your members of Congress know that you support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380), which would bring an end to private ownership of dangerous big cats, safeguarding both wild animals and communities across the U.S. You can check to see if your representatives are already cosponsors of this bill by clicking here. Please customize the letter, thanking them if they're already cosponsors or asking them to sponsor it if they aren't.

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