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

© 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:

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