Big cats don’t belong in backyards, traveling circuses, or roadside zoos. HR 1998 and S 1381, Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, is intended to help curtail the breeding of these big cats for commercial purposes in the United States and, thus, hopefully, reduce the number of wild cats in private ownership.
Exotic animals should not be bred for the commercial trade. They cannot be properly cared for in private homes and often aren’t cared for by so-called wild cat trainers. Additionally, exotic pets pose a dangerous threat to their owners, neighbors, other pets, and livestock. The events in Zanesville, Ohio, prove this, as do past tragedies such as Travis the chimpanzee, who attacked a friend of his owner’s, and a bear near Cleveland, who killed his owner’s employee. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists. These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in close quarters with humans.