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.