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house Bill H.R. 1380

Should the Breeding & Private Possession of ‘Big Cats’ Like Lions & Tigers Be Prohibited?

Argument in favor

This bill would prohibit the breeding & private possession of big cats unless the current owners register with the Fish & Wildlife Service, in addition to banning them from allowing the public to have direct contact with cubs. It will end inhumane practices that exploit big cats.

Dicr's Opinion
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04/08/2020
Go to a zoo if you want to see them. Don and Eric Trump should be ashamed of their hunting of endangered animals. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/11/donald-trump-jr-mongolia-rare-endangered-sheep-permit
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Sandi's Opinion
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03/26/2019
H.R. 1380 is a bipartisan bill and hopefully can demonstrate that protecting endangered animals from abuse is something we can all agree upon, even in a partisan political climate.
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Argument opposed

This bill would make the regulatory process for zoos & other legitimate owners of big cats unnecessarily complex & convoluted by involving the Fish & Wildlife Service in regulations that are already administered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Jamie's Opinion
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10/02/2019
This bill is to will hurt small zoos and legit education facilities and is nothing more than an animal rights law. The current laws and the need for the APHIS - USDA are very well written to cover these issues.
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Dianne's Opinion
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03/26/2019
Passing this bill will prevent zoos & conservation parks from continuing their admirable work of saving these beautiful cat species. All over the U.S., we have zoos & conservation parks who provide exemplary care. They are well fed, kept in clean enviroments, provided enrichment & love. I do feel however, that those who own these cats should have to follow guidelines. Most of them do. I follow several of them on Facebook & greatly admire their work. Please do not allow these radical groups to jeopardize the health, well being & future of these beautiful animals. Thank you, Dianne Bickford from Port St. Lucie, FL
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What is House Bill H.R. 1380?

This bill — the Big Cat Public Safety Act — would prohibit private ownership of big cats (such as tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas), the breeding & possession of such animals, and prohibit exhibitors from allowing public contact with cubs. People who already own such animals could keep them if they register with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Wildlife sanctuaries, veterinarians, colleges & universities, zoos, exhibitions, and other entities that meet certain requirements would be exempt from these requirements.

This bill aims to prevent the mistreatment of wild animals and limit the danger posed by these animals to the public, including first responders who are called upon following escapes & attacks. Current law already prohibits the import, export, purchase, sale, transport, and acquisition of big cats across state lines or the U.S. border.

Impact

Big cat owners & breeders; people who would have contact with big cat cubs; animal welfare entities & first responders; and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1380

The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $3 million over the 2020-2024 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced this bill to ban the breeding & private possession of big cats, such as lions & tigers, with exemptions for qualified wildlife caretakers and for individuals who already own such animals & register with the Fish & Wildlife Service:

“From irresponsible breeding to inhumane living conditions and public exploitation, the mistreatment of big cats comes in a variety of forms. By introducing the Big Cat Public Safety Act, we are working to address a serious issue that causes immeasurable animal suffering and introduces inexcusable threats to human safety. State laws regarding private ownership of big cats are inconsistent or nonexistent, which is why a uniform federal law is necessary to end this dangerous industry once and for all.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) added:

“As a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I’m committed to ensuring our government is doing its part to promote animal welfare. I’m proud to stand with Rep. Quigley to introduce legislation which will protect big cat wildlife species.”

House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Rob Bishop (R-UT) argued that the bill “does little more than create conflicting enforcement authority between the USDA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” and added in a statement to E&E News:

“If you want to strengthen the USDA permits, strengthen the permits. Dragging another federal agency into the fold does nothing but complicate and convolute… This act does nothing to protect big cats but rather serves special interest groups by pitting small, community and family-owned zoos against big industry and incentivizes pay-to-play schemes to allow big donors to have direct contact with these animals.”

This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee on a 21-14 vote in September 2019, after an amendment offered by Ranking Member Bishop was defeated.  It has the support of 227 cosponsors, including 205 Democrats and 22 Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / munsoo Jahng)

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Big Cat Public Safety Act

Official Title

To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedFebruary 26th, 2019
    Go to a zoo if you want to see them. Don and Eric Trump should be ashamed of their hunting of endangered animals. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/11/donald-trump-jr-mongolia-rare-endangered-sheep-permit
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    H.R. 1380 is a bipartisan bill and hopefully can demonstrate that protecting endangered animals from abuse is something we can all agree upon, even in a partisan political climate.
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    Although it is possible for individuals to properly take care of wild animals such as big cats, there are too many bad actors and people who get in over their heads for private ownership to be worth the risk. We have to be realistic about this. Big cats need more protection in this country. Cub petting looks adorable, but the truth is when these cats are no longer cubs they are at a huge risk for being abused or killed. Let's leave the care of wild animals to the professionals.
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    This one should be easy!
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    Breeding, yes, to bring numbers up of endangered animal species. Private ownership would depend on if you have the appropriate space to keep them in. If you have an enormous plot of land and it is similar to the African Savanah, sure, you can own a pride of lions. If you live in Savanah, Georgia... then no. These animals are wild, and should be allowed to live as wild animals. And then when their numbers are good, then we can hunt them again! I wonder what lion tastes like... Oh, stop your crying! Cecil the Lion joined an alliance with the hyenas to kill the reigning king and take over... that dentist, Walter Palmer DDS, is a hero!
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    This would better protect both the animals in question and the public, as there is no national law on big cat ownerships (and some states don’t have a law either). Please help protect us all and pass this law.
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    The trade in big cats is at an all time high. The USDA does absolutely nothing. We need much stronger legislation that is Enforced! There are so few of these animals in the wild but so many in roadside zoos and in private hands. That’s just wrong, cruel
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    People shouldn’t be aloud to have animals in captivity, not even in zoo’s. They shouldn’t be aloud to bread them. Animals should be free and away from people.
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    Yes I fully support this bill. It’s a public safety issue!
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    Passing this bill will prevent zoos & conservation parks from continuing their admirable work of saving these beautiful cat species. All over the U.S., we have zoos & conservation parks who provide exemplary care. They are well fed, kept in clean enviroments, provided enrichment & love. I do feel however, that those who own these cats should have to follow guidelines. Most of them do. I follow several of them on Facebook & greatly admire their work. Please do not allow these radical groups to jeopardize the health, well being & future of these beautiful animals. Thank you, Dianne Bickford from Port St. Lucie, FL
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    Animals belong either in the wild or in sanctuaries and conservation centers where their needs can actually be met appropriately and they can still maintain and act safely on their natural instincts. Conservation of species should be the #1 priority and private ownership of wild animals is a threat to that goal.
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    Only accredited zoos and sanctuaries should house tigers. Otherwise they should stay in the wild. Individuals should not own wildlife for pets or to exploit.
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    Just watched tiger king! Cruel!
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    The Big Cat Safety Act is an important piece of legislation that will end the captivity of big cats such as leopards, tigers, lions, cougars, cheetahs, etc. The captivity of big cats has been a problem in America for a long time now, and even those who think that big cats shouldn't have the same "rights" as people should not oppose this bill. The reason why they shouldn't oppose it is simple, big cats being kept in captivity is not only terrible for the cats themselves, it also poses a risk for the community in which those big cats are being kept. If a big cat gets loose, then it could easily cause harm to the humans it encounters. So even those who think that, "they're just animals" should support this bill in order to protect human populations. Big cats are wild animals, they are not meant to be held in captivity, it is abusive towards the animal and prevents them from being able to follow their natural instincts, it prevents them from being able to roam free in the wild, and it prevents them from being able to mate and increase their population sizes, which is especially important as a lot of big cats are actually endangered species. This bill must be past, and in doing so it would protect the lives of both Big Cats and Humans alike.
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    This bill is to will hurt small zoos and legit education facilities and is nothing more than an animal rights law. The current laws and the need for the APHIS - USDA are very well written to cover these issues.
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    No one should be allowed to own an animal that can snap in a second a kill the owner.
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