A bipartisan group of senators on Monday unveiled a bill to ban private ownership of big cats and prohibit exhibitors from allowing public contact with cubs.
The bill, called the Big Cat Public Safety Act, was introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Susan collinsSusan Margaret Collins Collins joins Democrats in attempt to undo Trump’s methane emissions cut Biden sends Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler for five-year term MORE (R-Maine), Tom carperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperEPA EPA staff have warned of factual and legal issues in turning back the Trump vehicle climate, according to watchdog This week: Democrats move to statehood DC OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate Confirms Mallory Heads White House Environmental Council | US emissions fell 1.7% in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make federal government pay less for drillers MORE (D-Del.) And Richard burrRichard Mauze BurrSenate Confirms SEC Chairman Gensler for Five-Year Term A Proposal to Tackle Congressional Internal Trading: Invest in the United States Former Governor Pat McCrory Enters the Race for the GOP Senate in Carolina North PLUS (RN.C.) to “protect public safety and improve animal welfare,” according to a statement from lawmakers.
Specifically, the bill seeks to prohibit the possession of big cats, such as lions and tigers, by unlicensed individuals, and to restrict direct contact between the public and big cats, including small ones.
Senators wrote that private ownership of big cats “raises important public safety, animal welfare and conservation concerns,” adding that thousands of big cats live in insecure and secure conditions. insecurity.
The group went on to write that Cub drop attractions and petting zoos cause “irreparable damage” to animals, which are often separated from their mothers at a very young age.
Additionally, lawmakers have said the animals pose a danger to humans, who could be bitten or scratched.
According to senators, there have been more than 700 incidents in the United States “involving big cats”, including human injuries, mutilations and deaths.
“This bipartisan move would help stop the exploitation of big cats like tigers and lions, and reduce security risks,” Blumenthal said in a statement.
In announcing the bill, the group mentioned the Netflix series “Tiger King,” which they said “has greatly raised public awareness of widespread animal welfare abuses and public safety issues related to property. deprived of big cats. “
The House passed a similar bill in December, which would also ban people from owning felines and prohibit exhibitors from allowing people to touch cubs.
Legislation passed by bipartisan vote 272-114.
Carole Baskin and Howard Baskin, two subjects of the Netflix series, supported the bill.