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US friends, please urge your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 4122

March 30, 2012

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Find your representative using the links below and send the appropriate sample letter whether your representative is already a sponsor, to encourage him/her to be a cosponsor, or if your representative is the bill’s author, Buck McKeon.  Thank you.

BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Recently, in Zanesville, Ohio, sheriff’s deputies armed with assault rifles opened fire on dozens of “mature, very big, aggressive” lions, tigers, cheetahs, and other animals after the owner—who opened the animals’ cage doors and left fences unsecured before killing himself—allowed the animals to escape. The tragedy in Zanesville is far from an isolated incident. Since 1990, incidents involving big cats have resulted in more than 235 human injuries and the deaths of more than 85 cats and more than 20 people. Fortunately, U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., has introduced House Resolution (H.R.) 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, a new bill that would mean unparalleled improvements for large cats who are kept as “pets” in the United States.

Recognizing that “the private ownership of and commerce in prohibited wildlife species has a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the American people and on the species themselves,” this bill seeks to ban private individuals from owning and breeding large cats. Today, there are no federal regulations mandating minimum standards of care for the approximately 20,000 big cats who—having grown from cute cubs into unruly, inherently dangerous predators—are confined to tiny, barren backyard cages and left to languish or for those who are sold on the black market for their bones and other body parts.

Appallingly, even in states that already have laws governing the ownership of captive wild animals, animal abusers are able to evade prosecution through loopholes that the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would close. This bill would not affect accredited zoos or legitimate large cat sanctuaries but rather would address irresponsible private owners of large cats and seek to minimize threats to public safety and animal health. Violators would be subject to steep fines, jail time, and confiscation of animals.

This bill would also prohibit notorious traveling circuses like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from whipping and prodding lions and tigers in order to make them hop on their hind legs and from confining large cats to cages that are barely bigger than their own bodies as they are hauled across the country in poorly ventilated semi-trucks.

For the animals’ sake, take a moment now to contact your federal representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 4122!


LOCATING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE’S POSITION

You can find your representative’s phone number here.

If your representative is already a sponsor of this bill (find out here), please take a moment to thank him or her for making the compassionate decision to support this landmark legislation. If not, let your representative know that you are a constituent and ask him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.


WHOM TO CONTACT

Please follow up your call with a brief e-mail (you can find your representative’s e-mail address here). Feel free to use the form letter below, but personalized comments are always preferred. Don’t forget to share this urgent alert with your friends and family!


SAMPLE LETTERS

1. Use this sample letter if your legislator is not yet a co-sponsor

Subject: Please Co-Sponsor H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 4122—the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act—which was introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., on March 1, 2012. This important legislation would prohibit private individuals from owning and breeding dangerous large cats such as lions and tigers. Not only would this help ensure the physical and psychological health and well-being of the approximately 20,000 captive large cats currently languishing in cramped, barren backyard cages in the U.S., it would also subject violators—including irresponsible large cat owners who currently threaten public safety by allowing public contact or failing to provide secure enclosures for dangerous, captive wild animals—to steep fines, jail time, and confiscation of animals.

Since 1990, incidents involving large cats have injured more than 235 humans and have resulted in the deaths of more than 85 cats and more than 20 people. Many people who buy cute cubs dump them at unaccredited roadside zoos that cannot adequately care for the cats once they mature into large, inherently dangerous predators. Such careless and irresponsible behavior frequently ends in tragedy. As you may know, recently, in Zanesville, Ohio, sheriff’s deputies armed with assault rifles opened fire on dozens of “mature, very big, aggressive” lions, tigers, cheetahs, and other animals after the owner—who opened the animals’ cage doors and left fences unsecured before killing himself—allowed the animals to escape. Many other big cats are sold on the black market—the global illicit trade wildlife is worth an estimated $20 billion per year—for their bones and other body parts.

Today, there are no federal regulations mandating minimum standards of care for large cats owned by private individuals. And even in states that already have laws governing the ownership of captive wild animals, animal abusers are able to evade prosecution through loopholes that the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would close. Recognizing that “the private ownership of and commerce in prohibited wildlife species has a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the American people and on the species themselves,” this legislation would ban only private individuals from owning and breeding big cats, grandfathering in current owners as long as they register their large cats with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This bill would have no impact on accredited zoos or legitimate large cat sanctuaries but rather would subject irresponsible private owners—who threaten public safety and animal welfare—to steep fines, jail time, and confiscation of animals.I support H.R. 4122, and as your constituent, I strongly urge you to sign on as a co-sponsor of this important bill.

Thank you for your attention to this serious issue.



2. Use this sample letter if your legislator is Buck McKeon

Subject: Thank You for Sponsoring H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

I am writing to thank you for sponsoring H.R. 4122—the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. If it passes, this important legislation will help ensure the physical and psychological health and well-being of captive large cats who are currently languishing in deplorable conditions under the substandard care of private individuals as well as those who are frequently sold on the black market for their bones and other body parts.

I support H.R. 4122 and thank you for taking a stand for these animals by sponsoring this important bill.



3. Use this sample letter if your legislator is already a co-sponsor

Subject: Thank You for Co-Sponsoring H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act\

I am writing to thank you for co-sponsoring H.R. 4122— the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. If it passes, this important legislation will help ensure the physical and psychological health and well-being of captive large cats who are currently languishing in deplorable conditions under the substandard care of private individuals as well as those who are frequently sold on the black market for their bones and other body parts.

Recognizing that “the private ownership of and commerce in prohibited wildlife species has a substantial and detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the American people and on the species themselves,” this legislation would ban only private individuals from owning and breeding big cats, grandfathering in current owners as long as they register their large cats with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This bill would have no impact on accredited zoos or legitimate large cat sanctuaries but rather would subject irresponsible private owners—who threaten public safety and animal welfare—to steep fines, jail time, and confiscation of animals.

I support H.R. 4122 and thank you for taking a stand for these animals by co-sponsoring this important legislation.



big cats are not toys.
they eat girls and boys.
respect is what they
need,
not being subjected
to vanity or greed
sponsor HR 4122
for exotic animals
and man,
what good you do

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


3 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 30, 2012 12:33 pm

    big cats are not toys.
    they eat girls and boys.
    respect is what they
    need,
    not being subjected
    to vanity or greed
    sponsor HR 4122
    for exotic animals
    and man,
    what good you do

    Like

  2. Monica A. Gomez permalink
    March 30, 2012 9:24 pm

    Please Co-Sponsor H.R. 4122, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act
    I am writing to thank you for sponsoring H.R. 4122—the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. If it passes, this important legislation will help ensure the physical and psychological health and well-being of captive large cats who are currently languishing in deplorable conditions under the substandard care of private individuals as well as those who are frequently sold on the black market for their bones and other body parts.

    I support H.R. 4122 and thank you for taking a stand for these animals by sponsoring this important bill.

    Like

  3. March 31, 2012 10:59 am

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE.

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