Dear [Member of Congress],
The US government has demonstrated strong bipartisan leadership to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking for almost a decade. However, the US is also home to around 5,000 captive tigers—and there is no accounting for these animals, including who owns them, when they're sold and traded, or what happens to their valuable parts when they die. For these reasons, the US is unable to ensure that its tiger population isn't feeding an illegal trade that remains the primary threat to tigers remaining in the wild, of which only around 4,000 remain throughout all of Asia.
I am asking you to cosponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380/S. 2561), a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) that will go a long way towards ensuring that the US minimizes its risk of contributing to the illegal trade in tiger parts and products. The bill also helps ensure the welfare of these animals and protects public safety from the threats posed by private ownership of big cats.
Please cosponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act and send a message that the US continues to stand strong in its fight against wildlife crime and holds itself to the same standards it expects of other countries.