The author of the bill describes it as “a common-sense solution to the inhumane, dangerous, and wasteful practice of private ownership of big cats.”This week Senators Richard Blumenthal and Bernie Sanders introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act (S. 2541) in the U.S. Senate. This measure is the Senate counterpart to H.R. 3546, a House bill with the same objective—to bring an end to the private ownership of lions, tigers, and other big cats.

Senator Blumenthal, a longtime champion for protecting both the public and captive wildlife, stated, “I am proud to introduce the Big Cat Public Safety Act,” describing the bill as “a common-sense solution to the inhumane, dangerous, and wasteful practice of private ownership of big cats.”

Senators Blumenthal and Sanders also sent a letter to the USDA, calling upon the agency to prohibit direct contact with big cats. Their message reinforces IFAW’s efforts to advance this USDA policy and stop the excessive breeding and mistreatment of big cat cubs and families.

With both Houses of Congress addressing the issue of big cat protection, there is promise for a safer, more humane system governing private ownership of these animals across the US.

–CB

To help us advance the Big Cat Public Safety Act, contact your Representative and Senators today and urge them to support H.R. 3546/S. 2541 to protect community safety and animal welfare.

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