Dear Congressman XXXX,
Please support H.R. 1998 /
S.1381, the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection
The breeding of big cats for
profit in the United States is out of control!!
Right now, there is no way to get an accurate count
of how many big cats are in this country, but it is
estimated that there are as many as 10,000 tigers
alone living in the state of Texas!
In order to produce as many
cubs as possible in as short a time as possible,
exhibitors have resorted to despicable methods of
breeding. Not only have they completely disregarded
pure bloodlines, but they are mixing subspecies of
tigers creating “mutts.”
For these exhibitors, big
cats are strictly a business to generate money. To
draw paying customers, they need a distinct gimmick
to make their facilities stand out...the current
trend is white tigers and lion-tiger hybrids. These
animals are completely unnatural and pay the price
for their uniqueness.
Due to the small gene pool
of color mutation, white tigers are inbred. Just as
in humans, inbred offspring suffer severe
deformities such as crossed-eyes and mental
retardation. “Ligers” and “tigons,” which would
never occur in the wild because lions and tigers
inhabit different regions of the globe, also are
plagued with debilitating health problems. They are
prone to gigantism, resulting in short lifespans due
to their organs not being able to support their
massive bodies. They also very often develop
arthritis, neurological defects and cancers.
When these animals become
mundane and lose their marketability, what mutant
will be manufactured next to draw a crowd? There is
actually an exhibitor out there who proclaims that
he is trying to breed a sabre-toothed tiger! This
insanity needs to be stopped!!
Lions and tigers are living,
breathing creatures and should not be treated as
commodities to make a dollar. Please throw your
support behind H.R.1998 / S.1381 the “Big Cats and
Public Safety Protection Act” and stop the reckless
breeding of big cats for profit!