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| Ban the Interstate Transport of Big Cats as "Pets
Help Ban the Interstate Transport of Big Cats as "Pets"
(posted:11/24/03, 12:06:54 PM)
Large cats do not adjust well to a captive environment. They spend the bulk of their days in a small enclosure, unable to roam and freely express natural behaviors.
By their very nature, exotic animals pose public safety risks. Many incidents have been reported across the country where these animals have attacked humans and other animals within their enclosures, or escaped from their enclosures and freely roamed the community. In Loxahatchee, FL in February 2002, a 750-pound "pet" Siberian-Bengal tiger mix bit into the head of a 58-year-old woman and severely injured her. In Lexington, TX in October 2001, a 3-year-old boy was killed by his stepfather's "pet" tiger. These are not isolated incidents, but a small sample of incidents that occur with unnerving frequency.
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