01 Mar '12, 7pm

Taking Tigers Out of American Backyards

Taking Tigers Out of American Backyards

© Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources Did you know that there are more tigers in American backyards than there are in the wild around the world? Estimated at perhaps 5,000 tigers, they are found in: backyards urban apartments sideshows truck stops private breeding facilities For the past four years, WWF and TRAFFIC have raised the alarm on the lack of captive tiger regulation. Thanks to the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” introduced by Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) on February 29, 2012, the U.S. is now taking a step in the right direction. “We welcome this important legislation because as the Zanesville incident showed, it’s critical for America to clear out captive big cats from our backyards,” says WWF’s Leigh Henry. “This is a matter not only of public safety, but also of preventing captive tigers from being fed into ...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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