Of course, the best way to end the big cat attacks whether at a sanctuary or private residence is to curtail the exotic pet trade. There is absolutely no reason for Joe or Jane citizen to need a lion, tiger, cougar or other big cat as a pet (see video below on the top ten reasons why big cats make bad pets). Fortunately, in recent years, some states are restricting the ownership, sale and breeding of exotic pets, while other states are implementing bans on transporting big cats across state lines. Other states are taking a more regulatory approach requiring permits, inspections and liability insurance. Even better would be national legislation that would ban all private possession and breeding of big cats. Such a national ban would reduce the need for sanctuaries, reduce the number of big cats forced into unnatural circumstances, and ultimately nearly eliminate the deadly attacks on their human caretakers.