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

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Update: January 14, 2021
Last month, 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 the bill has already been reintroduced into the new session of Congress as H.R. 263 by bipartisan sponsors. 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 U.S. representative to support H.R. 263.


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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

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