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Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1998

031512_bigcats.jpgWe will never forget Haley Hilderbrand, the 17-year-old who was attacked and killed by a Siberian tiger during a photo opportunity for her high school senior portrait back in 2003. Although Congress passed the "Captive Wildlife Safety Act" that same year, the need to crack down on private possession and breeding of big cats by all individuals — including licensed exhibitors — remains.

Born Free USA is spearheading an important Congressional initiative to help protect big cats. Sponsored by U.S. Reps. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), the "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act" (H.R. 1998 prohibits future possession and breeding of lions, tigers and other big cats in the exotic "pet" trade. The bill also would require all current "owners" to register their big cats with the federal government. Please ask your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the bill today.

At Born Free USA we are passionately (and compassionately) opposed to the whole notion of exotic "pets," and our work to protect big cats includes many bold moves on behalf of tigers and African lions. The big cats trade involves tremendous suffering and grave dangers to human health and safety. This is why we remain deeply concerned that an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 big cats are held in private ownership in the United States (and we are frightened that the actual number is higher!).

Contact your congressional representative today and help us pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.