Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Via Born Free USA: Help New Jersey Do Its Part for Tigers

Tigers are in crisis and need you to help persuade the New Jersey Legislature to pass Senate Bill 945/Assembly Bill 2200, the most important state bill package existing for them today. S945 passed the Senate unanimously last month and we now need to ensure both bills pass the Assembly as soon as possible.

Please take a minute now and ask Assembly Chairman Nelson T. Albano (D-District 1) to hear and support both bills in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Introduced by Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) and Assemblymember Upendra J. Chivukula (D-District 17), S945/A2200 recognizes that fewer than 4,000 tigers cling to survival in the wild, where they are regularly killed by poachers in order to supply the illegal and highly lucrative trade in tiger parts and products (which tragically include bone, claws, hair, skins, skulls, teeth and even bone wine). Equally shocking is the fact that far more tigers are kept in cages in the United States, and that this population is largely unaccounted for, especially with regard to the use of their remains after death.

To help prevent New Jersey tigers from entering into the illegal tiger trade, this package bill would require all tigers in the state to be registered and systematically accounted for, whether living or deceased.

After taking a minute to ask Assemblyman Albano to hear S945/A2200 in his committee, please also consider briefly thanking AM Chivukula for his admirable leadership on this incredibly important issue.

This action alert is for residents of the following states only: New Jersey

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Change the World by Changing the Conversation


Eckhart Tolle was ahead of his time when he advised us to Be in the NOW.  Today, more than ever, we live in a real time world.  If someone gets mauled by a tiger, you will probably know about it within the hour and news broadcasters from Tampa to Hong Kong will have it running in full color video, with the 911 call playing and commentaries from around the world weighing in on who was at fault.


People love the blame game and it seems that most of the comments that are posted about such tragic events are assigning blame to the authorities who get called in to kill the tiger when it has escaped and wreaked havoc.  No one who loves animals can blame the tiger for doing what comes natural; nor should they.  What is confounding is that most people never seem to consider that the tiger's owner was almost always the one person who could have prevented the tragedy.  


Whether that owner is a private "pet" owner or a zoo, the tiger was being held in an environment that is totally un natural for a tiger.  They are meant to roam hundreds of miles, leap great distances, and kill prey that is larger and far more powerful than a mere human.  If the tiger is in a cage, it is because someone chose to breed or participate in the trade in some way to put him there.  Of course, a tiger attack could happen at a legitimate sanctuary, but in most cases even the sanctuaries are not really doing anything to end the trade.  In many cases they are enabling the bad behavior of those who breed and discard big cats incessantly, by providing an easy dumping ground.  At Big Cat Rescue there is written contract required by anyone abandoning an exotic cat that bears financial penalties if they ever own another exotic or even pose with one.


The best way to educate people who are commenting on such stories is to join the conversation.  Whether the story is about someone being mauled by a big cat, or a fair or mall promoting some pay-to-play session with big cat cubs, the conversation quickly shifts and takes on a life of its own in the comments section.  All too often the only people who bother to comment are those who either make a living from keeping lions, tigers and ligers captive, or those who enable them.  Big cats and their cubs need the voices of people who truly care about the plight of captive big cats.  They need to be heard.  


Changing the conversation can change the world for them.  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Jersey Residents!! Take Action For Tigers Today!! Senate Votes on S945 March 15, 2012

New Jersey Residents: Please Take Action TODAY For Tigers!! Vote is Thursday March 15th, 2012 for S945. Visit the link in this post for info about S945 and how to contact your Senator.

NJ Residents Only!! Friends!! Please take a few minutes to call and ask your Senator to vote for S945 a bill to require tiger tracking and help tigers today! They vote on this bill tomorrow March 15th, 2012 so it is crucial to take action now! Please visit this action alert from Big Cat Rescue - Tampa Florida for all the information you need to contact your Senator TODAY!!

From Big Cat Rescue - Tampa Florida

Senate Votes Thursday - March 15, 2012 on Tigers - Support S945

S 945 is a bill that requires people who have tigers to report and register them.

Your senator is going to be voting on this bill Thursday March 15, so we need you to call them and say something like this, "Hi! I am in your district and I want you to vote FOR S945, a bill to require tiger owners to register their cats."

That's all you have to say, but it would also be helpful if you include that there should be no exceptions, other than AZA accredited zoos. The ZAA, a group that promotes private owners having tigers, is trying to get an exemption too, but that would render the law toothless.

The call won't take even 3 minutes of your time, but can save thousands of tigers because other states will use NJ as a model if this passes.

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ask Your Congressperson to Support H.R.4122 - The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

Please ask your congressperson to support H.R.4122 - The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would prohibit private possession of big cats except at highly-qualified facilities like accredited zoos where they can be properly cared for and safely managed. Enter your zip code at this link: for a fast easy way to voice your support of this bill and ask your congressperson to co-sponsor it. Please share the link. Thank You.

WWF - Latest News - Taking Tigers Out of American Backyards
Mar 01, 2012

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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:

urban apartments
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 the massive illegal tiger trade driven by a booming black market for tiger products."

If the bill passes, it will:

Prohibit private possession of big cats like tigers and lions except at highly-qualified facilities, like accredited zoos and sanctuaries, where they can be properly cared for and restrained.

Require any persons who currently possess big cats to register those animals with the USDA in order to keep the cats they currently own.

Outlaw the breeding of any big cat except at accredited zoos and research and educational institutions.

Violators could face stiff penalties including confiscation of animals, fines as much as $20,000 and up to five years in jail.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is working on introducing a companion bill in the Senate.

Learn more
Watch a video to learn how captive tigers impact wild tigers
Is your toilet paper linked to tiger habitat destruction?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tiger Surgery - Big Cat Rescue

Modnic a female tiger who was rescued in 2007 from Savage Kingdom in Florida, undergoes surgery to remove cancerous tumors. (*Some graphic scenes of surgery are shown)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


A TIGER ROAR is a stark reminder that these animals are still very much wild despite living in captivity. The fact is that big cats like tigers and lions will never make good pets. Check out this video:


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