Urge Congress to Protect Big Cats from Animal Rights Extremists - OPPOSE HR 1380/S.2561
This deceptively named bill is designed by animal rights groups to severely restrict all legal possession, breeding, and legal businesses involving Big Cats.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R.1380/S.2561) is not legislation that actually supports the business practices of American animal exhibitors and protects the animals that the public loves: it is a fiction spun by animal rights groups that will hand a monopoly on certain animal exhibition practices to their political allies and damage legal businesses across the country.
Proponents of the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R.1380/S.2561) claim that the bill will do two things: save thousands of big cats from abuse and exploitation by private owners and “shady roadside zoos,” and prevent those animals and their “negligent” owners from mauling or killing countless members of the public.
This messaging is, in reality, a huge scam being sold to law makers and takes advantage of their affection for big cats and their trust in the sensationalized media about exotic animals in recent months and years.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act cannot keep the promises its supporters are making. It does not fulfill even a single one of its guarantees about animal welfare or public safety that the sponsors and proponents of the bill are selling as part of this legislation.
● Pet big cats will not be “saved” by taking them away from all “private owners.” It will leave those animals in their current homes until they die, and simply prevents non-professionals from acquiring more cats in the future.
● The “unethical practices” such as cub petting, photo ops, or traveling acts will not be banned - the bill gives preferential treatment to the richest, most influential exhibitors. It contains an exemption that allows them to continue those practices with their preferred species while making it illegal for everyone else.
● People will not be “safer” in their communities and at animal exhibitions because of the new rules in this bill. In fact, these new rules are so inconsistent as to be laughable, and are conveniently far less restrictive on the types of facilities that vocally support this legislation. Instead of actually ensuring all places with big cats have the same type of safety standards in place, the bill would put visitors to sanctuaries and college mascot exhibits at disproportionate risk.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380/S.2561) pulls a bait-and-switch, preying on law makers' sentimentality and selling them a fantasy it cannot fulfill.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R.1380/S.2561) is not legislation that actually supports the business practices of American animal exhibitors and protects the animals that the public loves: it is a fiction spun by animal rights groups that will hand a monopoly on certain animal exhibition practices to their political allies and damage businesses across the country.
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