Tuesday, 30 May 2017

NEWSLINK: 11 Captive Big Cats Killed Instead of Transferred to Sanctuary

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates there to be between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers in the United States, even though they’re endemic to Eurasia, not North America. Meanwhile, tigers are endangered, and there are only around 1,500 to 3,500 remaining in the wild. 

That’s right, there are more tigers living in American’s backyards than exist in the wild because a lofty 95 percent of big cats – which include lions, leopards, bobcats, and lynxes, in addition to tigers – aren’t found at the nation’s public zoos, but instead are privately owned. And sadder still, Federal and state laws that govern how these big cats must be treated and cared for are extremely lax. As a result, their well-being isn’t often a huge priority for their owners, and a recent incident in Elbert County, Colorado is just the latest in a string of events that shows how true this unfortunately is.


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