Say NO to the big cat trade

Protect Africa's lions, leopards, and cheetahs from the big cat trade

Roadside zoos and cub-petting operations – like those seen by millions in Netflix’s "Tiger King" series – are directly contributing to the wildlife trade. And the truth is that many people who love big cats are often unknowing contributors to the big cat trade by taking part in activities like cub-petting and keeping big cats as pets.

Even as their numbers decrease in the wild, unscrupulous cub-petting operations, claiming to be sanctuaries and zoos, are reaping profits by contributing to big cats’ decline. And so do big cat "pet" owners who keep these wild animals in their homes.

Here's why:

  • Infant cubs are ripped from their mothers and caged for human entertainment. Up to 70% of cheetah cubs — which are increasingly trafficked for the pet trade — die en route before reaching their buyers.
  • Lions and other cats are increasingly poached for their bones and other body parts, and unregulated big cat ownership makes it nearly impossible to ensure these captive cats aren't filtering into the trade in body parts.
  • Cubs are ripped from their mothers within days of birth to maximize cub-petting operators' profits. In the wild, on average, cubs will typically stay with their mothers for between one and two years.

Ask your Member of Congress to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380/S. 2561), to help ensure the United States does not contribute to the wildlife trade — and the extinction of Africa's vulnerable big cats.

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