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Big Cats Suffer in Captivity
This slideshow is of exotic cats who have been bred and born for a life of confinement, boredom and deprivation. Please do not support any facility that breeds wild cats for captive lives.Read More
Report Abuse to State Reps & Media
When you witness animal abuse you may have been drawn to that certain place and time because you are the kind of person who will finally do something about it. There are a lot of things you can do. Gather as much information as you can, and document the situation with times, dates, places, names, photos and video. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Report it to your state’s lawmakers here: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/dbq/officials/
Report it to the media here: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/dbq/media/ You can select up to 5 members of the press at a time here.
Tigers are in serious trouble and in danger of becoming extinct in the next few years. The reasons are many, but include loss of habitat due to human encroachment, poaching for their bones and hides and, most insidiously, because of the captive trade. Keeping tigers in zoos, circus acts, as mascots and as private possessions in backyard collections does nothing to save them in the wild and in fact provides a legal cover for much illegal activity that is causing them to disappear from the wild.
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If you have seen an animal is distress, please take a few moments to post their plight and notify the agencies who can do something about it.
You may be the only voice they have!
Did you know that the exotic pet trade causes more suffering for big cats than all of the other atrocities combined? Every week we are called upon to rescue another exotic cat because the sanctuaries are full and there is not enough money to take care of all of the rejects of the pet and entertainment industry. We take in as many as we can, but always have to consider the needs of the animals we have already committed to first.
In this video http://www.bigcatrescue.org/animal_abuse.htm you will see facilities that are currently licensed and approved by the USDA and the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. As atrocious as it is, many have been operating at this level or worse for more than 10 years. Yet they are still permitted to remain open to the public. When you watch this video you will understand precisely why we need better laws. Join us in this effort to change the exotic pet laws!
Help us stop the breeding of wild animals for lives of confinement at CatLaws.com
<p align="leftABC did an undercover investigation, with help from Big Cat Rescue, that you can watch online HERE. Be sure to watch all of the clips listed there. They start out the same but are very different. What they do share in common is the grim truth that some people are using animals in ways that put the public in deadly contact with dangerous animals.
The Animal Protection Institute completed a one year investigation into the cause of so many exotic animals being abandoned by going undercover into the homes of members of Phoenix Exotics and the Feline Conservation Federation. Watch the shocking video HERE and then TAKE ACTION. Please help support API for the great work they have done in exposing these issues.
The following charts are just the calls that we get personally. This is only a small percentage of the overwhelming problem. The saddest news is that, as one of the world’s largest exotic cat sanctuaries, if we cannot take them, there is virtually no where else for them to go.
We cannot even begin to take in every exotic cat that has ended up in abusive and neglectful situations. More and more we are dedicating our time and resources to stopping the problem at it’s source, by educating people about the pet trade and entertainment industry.
Although we are taking in fewer cats each year, we are working harder toward solutions that will ultimately benefit all exotic animals.
As laws become more protective for the animals, abusers are bailing out, and as you can see there has been a huge increase in the year 2003 of abandoned animals.
Accredited facilities like ours, which meet the high standards of The Global Federation of Sanctuaries, need interim support to care for these animals and the revenue to pursue a change in perception that will ultimately end the suffering altogether.
Report Animal Abuse to USDA
If you see abuse you may be the only voice the animals have, so please report it to USDA. If the animal is being exhibited to the public in any way, even if the person just took you in their back yard to show you their tiger, they should be licensed by USDA as an exhibitor. It takes many years and many complaints to get the USDA to take action so it is important that you contact them with facts, photos, videos and information they can use. Contact USDA at:
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Phone: (301) 734-7833
Fax: (301) 734-4978
2150 Centre Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Phone: (970) 494-7478
Fax: (970) 494-7461
920 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606-5210
Phone: (919) 855-7100
Fax: (919) 855-7123