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Save the big cats

In December 2003, the president signed the Captive Wildlife Safety Act into law. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to issue regulations implementing this new law to curb the pet trade in tigers, lions and other big cats. [I ask that the Wildlife Service] please expedite the issuance of these regulations and ensure that they enforce this very important law.

This issue is very important to me. Our beautiful, dignified, exotic animals are being exploited, maimed and killed. We are abusing their place on our planet. Since we, the public, cannot always be trusted to make the right decisions regarding the welfare of animals; we need you to put a stop ‘legally’ to the pet trade industry.

I have personally seen the results of not having strict enough laws to protect our big cats and others…. And also, in turn, it will help to protect us from ourselves.

We live just a few miles from Tiger Haven, here in East Tennessee. They work around the clock trying to repair the damage that the pet trade industry has created by purchasing, breeding and selling these cats.

We’ve always said: “There ought to be a law. It’s just too easy to own these noble creatures. The cats have suffered enough!” Please help stop the plight of these magnificent cats.

I know that [the leaders of the Fish and Wildlife Service] are very busy, but our nation is not safe until you take the time and effort to enact the rules necessary to stop the trade in exotic cats.



Diane Woods

Kingston

 

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