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The Case Against Big Cat Ownership


Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, big cats, environment, protection )

Cher
- 741 days ago - green.blogs.nytimes.com
No one knows for sure how many big cats -- including tigers, lions, panthers, cheetahs, leopards and others -- are kept today in backyards and apartments across the United States, but estimates run as high as 20,000.



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 9:24 am

We need a lot of constant follow-up on imported animals, people do stupid things. Sometimes for the right reasons but stupid nonetheless.
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The implications are far from trivial. More tigers live in private captivity in Texas than in the wild, where conservationists estimate that around 3,000 of the endangered animals remain. No one knows for sure how many big cats — including tigers, lions, panthers, cheetahs, leopards and others — are kept today in backyards and apartments across the United States, but estimates run as high as 20,000. (The Endangered Species Act does not prohibit domestic trade in captive-bred wildlife.)

“Many of these cases are misguided animal enthusiasts who become enamored by a beautiful baby that quickly becomes wild, and then the situation gets out of control,” said Tracy Coppola, a campaigns officer at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“The animals are often abandoned, relinquished or just kept in very substandard and dangerous conditions because they’re wild animals and people don’t know how to deal with them,” she said.

The Department of Agriculture assumes responsibility for monitoring big cat possession and for inspecting the animals’ facilities, but Ms. Coppola said the department does not have the resources to thoroughly evaluate each situation, meaning that some individual animals are never assessed.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 9:27 am
I wonder what the psychological reason behind this is.
 

Bee S. (226)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 10:54 am
noted TY
 

Nyack Clancy (447)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 10:55 am
noted
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 6:01 pm
There are a myriad of reasons why big cat ownership is a really bad idea and yet that's still not enough for some thickheaded people. How sad. Sad and pathetic. Thanks a million Cher.
 

. (7)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 9:16 pm
Noted, thank you.
 

Frans Badenhorst (556)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 11:59 pm
noted.... wish they start eating their owners...:)
 

Donna Hamilton (148)
Monday November 12, 2012, 2:12 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.
 

Danuta Watola (1210)
Monday November 12, 2012, 4:44 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 12, 2012, 5:47 am
noted
 

Julie E. (370)
Monday November 12, 2012, 8:20 am
Noted.
Hopefully all states will ban owning big cats in the near future. This CAN happen!
 

Veronique L. (215)
Monday November 12, 2012, 10:31 am
Unbelievable!
 

Darla Taylor (111)
Monday November 12, 2012, 10:49 am
Noted. Thanks so much, Cher.
 

Judith C. (149)
Monday November 12, 2012, 2:40 pm
Thanks for article.
 

Edna Escalona (9)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:00 pm
Noted :D
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday November 26, 2012, 2:38 am
noted, thanks
 
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