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Might not be a good idea

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 263, known as the “Big Cat Public Safety Act,” which puts a slew of new amendments on an older law that regulates wildlife trafficking. The legislation bans private citizens from breeding, purchasing, and transporting big cats, mandates owners register animals they already own, effectively phasing out private ownership of big cats. The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month, also restricts public contact with six species: lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, snow leopards, and jaguars.

It’s said that US private ownership amounts to 25,000 tigers. Half of all that exist. That’s half the entire species to now be made progressively illegal.

Might not work out as people desire you know.

16 thoughts on “Might not be a good idea”

  1. You could argue for Federal Law on the grounds that an escaped tiger might cross a state border. A bit feeble, perhaps, but not necessarily dishonest or corrupt. Which, come to think to it, means that that can’t have been the logic behind the law.

    As for the effect: if tigers thereby become less valuable fewer will exist.

  2. “I bought this damn animal because he’s a free spirit, like me. I’m not going to register him with the federal authorities. He deserves better than that. Live free or die. First sign of government interest, he’s released into the high sierra…”

  3. Having seen the poor bloody animals owned by the oxygen thieves of ‘Tiger King’; I’m happy with this. I’d rather all the big cat owners were fed to their pets, but life is all about compromises.

  4. It strikes me that Americans might have a pressing need for lions in the near future. If not the present. With or without laser beams or flamethrowers.

  5. I agree with Sean O’Connor.
    The Feds should never have this clout.
    Back in the UK, hunting bans if desirable should have been devolved to LAs.

  6. No, Dhdhhdf, can’t own a panther. Because that’s a term that refers to leopards, and – in some areas of the States – to cougars.

    But I’m unsure why cougars are on the list anyway, as they aren’t members of the big cats, in a scientific classification sense.

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