“Keeping lions and tigers as pets is a growing phenomenon that is causing a
huge public safety and animal welfare issue,” said IFAW’s Josephine Martell,
“It’s a bad idea for animals and people.”
The number of Americans keeping tigers and other big cats as pets continues
to grow. IFAW estimates that there are 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the
U.S., double the amount left living in the wild in the entire world. Since 1990,
tigers have killed 11 people and injured 60 others.