Roadside zoos and cub-petting operations — like those seen by millions in Netflix's "Tiger King" series — are directly contributing to the wildlife trade. And the truth is that many people who love big cats are often unknowing contributors to this trade by taking part in activities like cub-petting and keeping big cats as pets.
Even as their numbers decrease in the wild, unscrupulous cub-petting operations, claiming to be sanctuaries and zoos, are reaping profits by contributing to big cats' decline. And so do big cat "pet" owners who keep these wild animals in their homes.
Ask your Member of Congress to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act (S. 1210), re-introduced in April 2021 after passing in only the House in 2020, to help ensure the United States does not contribute to the wildlife trade — and the extinction of Africa's vulnerable big cats.
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