More than 5,000 big cats are kept in facilities licensed by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) and it is estimated that thousands more are kept as pets.
“We’ve seen too many tragedies that could have been prevented,”
said Gregory Wetstone, IFAW’s U.S. director. “Against a background of dozens of
dangerous big cat incidents, the new report demonstrates that the current USDA
license system does not guarantee public safety or humane conditions.