IFAW helps remove lions, tigers and leopards from private owners in Nevada
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. Just last week, a tiger escaped and was roaming the neighborhoods of Ventura County, near Los Angeles before it was shot and killed by authorities.
“Many of the animals are living in filthy conditions. They are malnourished, without water and standing in their own excrement in cages that are too small,” WAO’s Carole Asvestas said. “With IFAW’s help, we will provide them with the care and facilities they deserve.”
Across the country, legislators have realized that private ownership of
dangerous animals is a national public safety threat. State legislation is
currently being considered across the country including Washington, Maryland,
Arkansas, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri. Although the passage of the Captive Wildlife
Safety Act outlawed the selling and shipping of big cats across state lines
without permit, there is no federal ban against owning a tiger, lion or another
big cat as a pet.