Darnell Dockett has been busy hitting the media circuit and Twitter to brag about buying an endangered tiger as a “pet.”
In one interview, he
even presumably didn’t want PETA to get involved. A reporter
asked him, “Do you have a tiger, really?” And
Darnell responded, “Yeah, yeah. But I cannot tell y’all
everything about that as far as legal reasons. That company with the
four-letter word? We’re going to keep them out of this. But yes, for everybody,
I do have a tiger.”
four-letter-word organization called another one, the feds, and asked it to
investigate Dockett. Tigers are protected by the federal Endangered Species
Act. There’s no indication that the government issued a permit allowing Dockett
to purchase the tiger, and there’s no way that a permit would
have been granted
to allow him to buy the tiger as a “pet.”
there are other legal problems with Dockett’s alleged tiger transaction. The
Captive Wildlife Safety Act prohibits transporting tigers and other big cats
across state lines, with few exceptions. So in our appeal to the U.S. Fish
Wildlife Service, PETA also asked it to investigate suspicions that Dockett bought the tiger in Florida and plans to transport
the animal to Arizona—if he hasn’t already.
also asking Arizona’s Game and Fish Department to get involved because state
law requires a permit for possession of a tiger, and if Dockett took the tiger
to training camp, he also violated a law
that prohibits handling a wild animal in a manner that is dangerous to the public.
not get involved? Hardly.
What You Can Do
your representatives to cosponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, which would ban private individuals from owning and breeding large cats.
Article source: PETA Files