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U.S. Bans Big Cat Ownership

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In December, President Biden signed a bill outlawing unlicensed people from owning, breeding and transporting big cats in the United States.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act, which identifies lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars and hybrids of these species, goes one step further, banning licensed exhibitors (for instance, zoos and animal sanctuaries) from allowing public petting of big cats and their cubs.

The new law comes as a response to the Netflix documentary television series Tiger King, which revealed the dark side of private big cat ownership in the United States.

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