Jan. 17, 2013
-- Born To Be Wild And Free by Ira Fischer is an expose into the secretive world of the exotic pet trade industry and individuals that harbor big cats - - such as lions and tigers - - as pets. The article aims to increase awareness of the suffering and abuse endured by wildcats as a result of being held in captivity. It spotlights the implications of captivity on the welfare of these animals and the public safety issues resulting from raising some of the world’s most dangerous animals as pets. The article notes that repeated tragedies between humans and captive big cats underscore the need for passage of the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 4122), introduced into the House of Representatives by Buck McKeon (R-CA). It concludes: “The time is long past due to protect public safety and to put an end to the suffering and abuse endured by these majestic animals and to respect their birthright to be wild and free.”
The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would prohibit private possession of big cats except at qualified facilities, like accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, where they can be properly cared for and safely housed. Momentum is gaining in the House for support of this piece of legislation. According to the latest release by the Library of Congress, the Bill now has 61 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. It is currently before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.
The writer is an attorney-at-
law (now retired). He devotes his retirement to the cause of animal welfare through advocacy. The writer’s BIO can be viewed on his website [http://www.irafischer.com
] at: http://irafischer.com/aboutira.html
. Born To Be Wild And Free has been published by Big Cat Rescue - the largest accredited sanctuary in the United States dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. It can be read at: http://irafischer.com/bigcats.html
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