Ohio wild animal stampede ignites vast law review

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Of all the beasts set free by the suicidal owner of an exotic animal farm in Ohio last year, few were as scary or as lethal as the big cats.

Tigers, leopards and lions — more than two dozen — were loose before being hunted by sheriff’s deputies.

While the slaughter was chilling, it was truly panic-inducing that an unstable owner had accumulated such a collection of dangerous animals.

Yet, by some estimates, there are thousands of tigers in captivity in American backyards — more than there are in the wild on the planet.

No one knows the number for certain because there’s only scattered regulation for such pets. In fact, it’s easier in some states to buy a tiger or lion from a breeder than it is to adopt a kitten from a shelter.

That’s likely to change after the Zanesville stampede drew the attention of lawmakers around the country.

Legislation has been proposed in Congress that would ban private ownership of exotic cats. Ohio and other states are also looking to outlaw the animals or to keep them more tightly controlled.

One leader of the cat fight is actress and animal activist Tippi Hedren, best known for being terrorized by crows in Alfred Hitchcock‘s “The Birds.”

Hedren has devoted much of her life to rescuing big cats at her Shambala Preserve north of Los Angeles, home to 53 seized or abandoned exotic cats, and she doesn’t think they make good pets.

“It is the job of the predator to take out any old, sick or lame animal. What quality there makes for a good pet?” she asked. “If you get near its food, it will kill you.”

The Zanesville animals may have forced the issue into the open, but it certainly isn’t the first tragedy involving private cats.

Since 1990, 21 people, including five children, have been killed and 246 mauled, according to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla. Over that period, 254 cats have escaped and 143 have been killed.

There have been other federal laws proposed over the years, but most have failed.

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The Shambala Preserve – Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, 2012

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At last, one of the missions in my life since I brought A bill titled ‘A Federal Ban on the Breeding of the Exotic Feline for Personal Possession’ in 2009 to my Rep. Buck McKeon was to get it introduced and passed in the U.S. Congress and signed into law by the President! The bill, with a new title, “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act ” was introduced around noon EST on February 29, 2012 in the House of Representatives by Rep. Buck McKeon and Rep. Loretta Sanchez as co-sponsors.

I’m very proud of this important legislation finally on it’s way to becoming the law…I will apprise you when it goes to the Senate to be introduced by Senator John Kerry, and when the Senate # will be in place.

Here is a summary of the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, 2012

H.R. 4122 Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 Bill Summary

H.R. 4122/S.____, the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act,” will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, which are bred to be sold and kept as pets or for financial gain in the U.S. in alarming numbers, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and cruelty. The bill will prohibit breeding and private possession of big cats exempting only qualified, accredited AZA zoos, where they can be properly cared for and restrained. Wild Animal Sanctuaries having given sanctuary and safe haven for big cats who have been confiscated for decades will be asked to take in animals

Read more:-via The Shambala Preserve presented by The Roar Foundation.

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