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Crossbreeding Big Cat Species

Animals  (tags: Lions, Tigers, Wildlife, Crossbreeding, Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act, Liger, Tigon, Li-liger, Li-tigon, Ti-liger, Ti-tigon, Zoos, Breeding Farms, Taiwan Wildlife Conservation Law, Wildlife Preservation, Animal Welfare, Exotic Pets )

- 2448 days ago -
The United States needs to address gaps in the Endangered Species and Lacey Acts to effectively preserve the integrity of endangered species and put a stop to the unethical, potentially dangerous practice of crossbreeding.

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Ruth McD (843)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 7:38 am
Crossbreeding is so horrible. Big cats who are crossbred have deformities often, and some times in pain. God made these big cats; leave them alone. Thanks Deb.

Naoko i (264)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 7:48 am
I don't understand at all why anyone wants to crossbreed big cats, especially when most of them are in danger of extinction. Even a breeding between different sub-species should be avoided.

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:02 am
Noted and Signed. Thank you.

. (1)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:10 am
Noted. Thank you Deb.

Deb Duxbury (240)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:30 am
Thank you Ruth for your outstanding petition writing skills and for all that you do for this community. You are a true treasure.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:34 am
Hybrids also sometimes exhibit "hybrid vigor," growing much larger than either species originally crossed. These creatures are particularly dangerous. Noted. Signed.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:38 am
I wonder what kind of crap is in peoples heads, Stop trying to play GOD!!!

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:50 am
Thank you....well documented....everything signed, thank you!

Lisa N (207)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:50 am
Signed all four petitions, thanks Deb for this enlightening article.

. (0)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 9:48 am
Signed the first 3 petitions.
Wouldn't allow me to sign the fourth petition: "Invalid ZIP code".

Terry King (113)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 3:00 pm

Lindsey Williams (234)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 4:46 pm
Thank you Deb.

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 4:51 pm
Signed all 4 petitions. This INDISCRIMINATE breeding is quite REPULSIVE! Will we ever know the meaning of PURE again in our wild animals?

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 5:04 pm
Another enlightening article of the series, which shows how much importance you, Deb, attach to the situation over big cats -- and you are quite right about it. Not only is it what the treatise reveals, but it also stands to reason: Crossbreading is a wilful, self-serving, and mindless act, if not a crime, against Mother Nature commited by individuals who make a sickening parade of crossbreds as if it were an admirable invention or creation, working to no good purpose but to abuse these stately animals, which are in deep trouble even without these people's misdeeds, by subjecting them to these experiments that directly compromise their viability. The foolishness of these people, for whom nothing seems sacred, knows no boundaries. There is wisdom in that which is naturally forbidden: Nothing good can ever come out of it -- so why do some people feel such an irresistible urge to mess around with it? So the tragical fate of big cats has been written by a human hand, with the animals, which are otherwise powerful enough to threaten humans, losing when faced with such invincible weapons. These people have absolutely no right to engage in what they do, and it poses a question where they have drawn the line, whether they have drawn any. Not only is it unethical, it presents a grim prospect: Will there be any wild purebred big cats -- or will the world be full of the captive, the inbred, the crossbred, or the like? Big danger there. Thus, these exploited felines need protecting from this insanity! All the petitions signed!!!

Constance F (418)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 7:00 pm
Thank you for another very well-thought out and interesting article. Ditto above comments, I think everyone covered all ground nicely. Except I'll add ( to be bratty) maybe when the USFWS stops their abusive wildlife practices, then there may be some hope for ESA (although Congress already recently gutted it with delisting gray wolves without any science) - o shut me up. All petitons signed!!

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 8:17 pm
The article states: "The Endangered Species Act was written with the significant purpose of preserving species from human interference. However, the act did not consider the full ramifications of humankindís destructive potential. There are large loopholes that enable people, so inclined, to usurp the spirit of the law through drastically negative, unnatural acts. The United States government would be wise to look towards countries like Taiwan to better understand how to properly regulate abusive wildlife practices to avoid further growth to an increasingly dangerous problem. A sound outline exists in the Endangered Species Act, now it is a matter of fine-tuning to shut down the loopholes."

Leave it to enterprising Americans to find an unethical (not to mention unnatural and totally irresponsible) way to make a buck! GREED has reduced some people to the lowest form of life! Although nature has provided many natural safeguards against the inbreeding of large cats, there weren't enough to keep people from finding ways to work around them. I hope the United States finds a way to "better understand how to properly regulate abusive wildlife practices to avoid further growth to an increasingly dangerous problem." I hope the loopholes can be worked out of the Endangered Species Act.

Another great article, Deb! Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 1:19 am
Good to know. Thanks for the post.

. (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 2:41 am
As long as humans think they can play God, the environment will never be safe.

Danuta W (1250)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 4:12 am

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 5:10 am
Noted and signed. It makes me sick. Who does man think he is to do that? I really feel sorry for the big cats.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 5:12 am
thanks Deb, noted

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 5:32 am
Petition three already signed petition four I cannot sign and noted, thank you!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 7:54 am
agreeing totally with Ruth McD.

Mary T (178)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 8:52 pm
Noted and signed, Thanks Deb.

Elsie Au (259)
Saturday October 8, 2011, 8:58 am
Thanks Deb for another great article and thanks Ruth for the petitions.
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