House passes bill featuring “Tiger King” that would ban ownership of most large cats

The Netflix series “Tiger King” left an impression on 2020 – and now, it could contribute to a more lasting legacy. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bill featured in the show, which would ban the ownership of most large cats.

The bill, passing 272-114, is an extension of the Lacey Act Amendment of 1981, which “promotes the conservation of certain wildlife species.” In particular, the bill limits the ability to transport, sell, buy, breed or acquire large cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, leopards, jaguars, cougaris or hybrids of those animals.

If the bill passes, most individuals will not be allowed to keep private cats private, and direct public contact with animals, including cube painting, will be prohibited. Wildlife sanctuaries, colleges and universities, state-licensed veterinarians, certain licensed facilities of the Department of Agriculture and some other selections will still be allowed to keep large cats.

Owners of large cats who acted before the act took place will be allowed to keep their animals until they register the animal and raise it or allow it in public.

If passed, violators could face a maximum fine of up to 20,000, and up to five years in prison.

According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. There are about 10,000 big cats in, and more tigers in captivity instead of wild ones.

The organization says large cats kept in captivity are often at “risk for abuse”, and live in unsanitary conditions, in which roadside zoos are not inspected or held accountable. A few weeks ago, The Justice Department is charged Jeff and Lure Ren Lowe, a couple also featured in the “Tiger King” series, opened a large unlicensed cat park after losing a USDA license to care for “unsuitable” and “inadequate” animals by Jeff.

Representative Mike Quigle, who sponsored the bill, said on the House floor that “500-pound carnivores are a very real threat.”

Lions and hair are not found in urban apartments or in suburban areas, Quigley said. “Private citizens do not have the resources to take care of dangerous animals that have to roam hundreds of square miles.”

Carol Basky, owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, has been pushing Congress to pass a bill for years, and some of her activity was featured in “Tiger King.”

He wrote on Facebook, “We are delighted that the Big Cat Public Safety Act has passed the House of Commons with bilateral support to protect cats from abuse, cats, the public and first responders, and wild hair.” “None of these important goals are biased in any way and we hope the Senate will comply quickly to get them into law.”

We are thrilled that the House was passed with bipartisan support by the Big Cat Public Safety Act to protect from big cats.

Posted by Carol Baskin on Thursday, December 3, 2020

The same day, a tiger amputated the hand of a volunteer at Bill Cat Rescue, the defense said.

Candy Kaiser, 69, was getting ready to feed 3-year-old Hair Kimba when she realized she had been cut off from the area where she was normally fed.

“He opened the door of the guillotine tunnel at one end of the tunnel, and when he went to pick up the other door he saw that it had been clipped. Big Cat Rescue said in a statement, “She wasn’t just thinking when she arrived to open the clip. “It’s against our protocol for someone to keep any part of their body with the cat in the cage. Kimba grabbed his hand and almost threw it over his shoulder.”

According to Big Cat Rescue, Cuse Surrey has insisted that the tiger be “not harmed by this mistake.” Kimba will be placed under 30-day quarantine as a precaution, but the defense said the incident was “normal behavior due to the presence and opportunity of food.”

“The federal bill banning cube handling and private possession came into effect on the day the House came to vote on the floor,” the defense said. “The fact that, despite our strict safety protocol and excellent safety record, an injury like this can only confirm the internal danger in dealing with these animals and the Big Cat Public Safety to allow us to eliminate it without track in the surrounding garden.” Why the Act is needed. It ends in countries and sanctuaries where wonderful people like Candy Cuiser have committed themselves to providing care for people who have been canceled by payments by the gaming industry. ”