Tuesday, 18 September 2012

NEWSLINK: Senator Kerry Introduces the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Tigers, lions and communities across the country may soon receive critical protection  U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced S.3547, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, aimed at prohibiting private possession and breeding of captive big cats in the United States. The House version of the bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) last March. 
Kerry's action comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Zanesville, Ohio animal massacre where the owner of a backyard collection of tigers, lions and other exotic wildlife, committed suicide after freeing the animals from their cages. Local police were forced to shoot and kill nearly 50 animals - 38 of them big cats - before they could enter populated areas.

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I do think this is a good idea, but like the uk it could mean more exotic big cats are released into the wild and left to fend for themselves.

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