Tigers in captivity outnumber those in the wild

by Anonymous on Jun. 12th, 2013

Siberian tiger: New legislation deals with private ownership of large cats.
Siberian tiger: New legislation deals with private ownership of large cats.Courtesy Mark Ryan
According to the World Wildlife Federation there are now literally more tigers in captivity in the United States than exist in the wild. That's about 5000 captive tigers versus 3200 wild ones. You might think, well sure, that's not surprising, there are a lot of zoos in America. But tigers held in zoos aren't even included in the estimate. The WWF is referring to tigers as exotic pets, held in American backyards, urban apartments, sideshows, truck stops and private breeding farms.

The "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998" is new legislation introduced on May 15, 2013. The bill would prohibit private possession and breeding of not only tigers but also lions, cheetahs, cougars, leopards and other large, dangerous cats that could threaten public safety. The bill would not affect public zoos or wildlife sanctuaries, and would allow current private owners to keep their cats provided they register them with the US Department of Agriculture.

SOURCE
WWF story

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kkaydenvggbmhyh`ftbhbbhngbv gbf says:

i saw a tiger at the minesota zoo

posted on Sun, 03/16/2014 - 5:01pm

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