Legislative Update on the Status of H.R. 1818: Big Cat Public Safety Act
UPDATED June 29, 2017
On March 30, 2017 the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1818) was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Proponents of H.R. 1818 laud it as a bi-partisan effort to “prohibit private ownership of captive lions, tigers, and other big cats in the US.” — in other words, pets. However, this characterization appears not only disingenuous, but it is duplicative, as most states already prohibit the ownership of big cats as pets. If passed as written, the primary impact of H.R. 1818 would not be on pet owners, but on zoos and sanctuaries that are not ideologically aligned with animal rights advocates espousing historical anti-captive wildlife sentiments.
Usurping the Animal Welfare Act
In a joint press release animal rights groups claimed H.R. 1818 would strengthen the Captive Wildlife Safety Act (CWSA). The CWSA is the 2003 Lacey Act amendment mandating interstate transport of big cats be limited…
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Is this moving?
On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 2:07 PM, The Last Word on Wildlife wrote:
> Andrew Wyatt posted: “Legislative Update on the Status of H.R. 1818: Big > Cat Public Safety Act” >
Yes Patti. HSUS, IFAW and AZA are attempting to build support to pressure the Natural Resources Committee into a hearing.
It seems to me that our Reps would have served their constituents better in repealing Obamacare as promised, rather than messing with the keeping of dangerous animals. Leave it to a bureaucrat to tell us how to manage every iota of our lives. If only their wisdom were equal to their egos.
ANDREW – u are absolutely right ! There are in fact state 7 local laws in every state 7 every community that have adequately addressed this issue -In addition numerous FEDERAL Agency’s have literally thousands of regulations to control the IMPORTATION of “BIG CATS” !
I agree with you 100% in that the U.s. Congress has FAR More important matters to attend to that the PEOPLE Of this Country WANT to be RESOLVED -IMMEDIATELY !
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