H. R. 1380, Big Cat Public Safety Act.

Summary: To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 10/15/19.

STATUS: Introduced 02/26/19 by Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5].

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • “Big cats are some of the world’s most majestic wild animals. They should not be penned in as ‘pets’ or used for selfies for a fee taken from an unsuspecting public,”said Sara Amundson, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We applaud Representatives Quigley and Fitzpatrick for their work to end this inhumane treatment of captive big cats, and look forward to the day when wild cats are just that—wild.” (Source: Rep. Quigley, Press Release, 02/26/19)
  • The Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380- S.2561) is a federal bill that would address two of the biggest sources of abuse of big cats by ending owning big cats as pets and stopping exploitative roadside zoos from offering cub petting and photo ops. Big cats purchased as pets are dangerous and typically end up living in inhumane conditions. Cubs used for petting and photos are ripped from their mothers at birth, physically punished to diminish their natural behaviors, deprived of sleep, then often discarded a few months later when they are two big to pet, with no tracking of what happens to them or how many die. (Source: Big Cat Rescue)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL:

  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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