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|From the ASPCA:
Federal: Urge Your Representative to Protect Big Cats and the Public! Support Haley's Act!
H.R. 1947/Haley’s Act—Prohibits Public From Direct Contact with Big Cats
Sponsor(s): Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-KS)
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Email your representative today and urge him or her to support and cosponsor Haley’s Act.
Haley’s Act, named in honor of 17-year-old Haley Hilderbrand, would prohibit direct contact between big cats and the public. Haley died in 2005 while having her picture taken with a formerly well-behaved, 550-pound Siberian tiger. Both Haley and the tiger lost their lives that day: Haley was killed by the tiger, and the tiger was shot repeatedly, and ultimately killed.
There are more than 10,000 big cats in captivity in the U.S., many of whom are in facilities licensed by the USDA. Anyone who exhibits big cats to the public—whether in a fenced-in backyard, roadside zoo, or otherwise—is required to be licensed by the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act. However, the USDA currently lacks the authority to protect public safety by prohibiting direct contact with these animals. Haley’s Act would change that by authorizing the USDA to take public safety into account when issuing exhibitor licenses. Additionally, the bill would specifically prohibit direct contact between big cats and members of the public.
Haley’s Act would also increase the civil penalty for violating the Animal Welfare Act from $2,500 to $10,000!
Please help protect America’s big cats and the public. Write to your representatives today and urge them to support and cosponsor Haley’s Act, H.R. 1947.
Click here to send an email to your Congressional representatives
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