A loophole in federal regulations allowed animal abusers to harm, export, and sell endangered tigers without federal oversight if they were considered “generic” (a mixed subspecies). Now, according to an FWS announcement, “generic” tigers will be subject to the same permitting requirements under the ESA as “purebred” tigers—such as those used in zoo breeding programs—are. Because the FWS closed this loophole, “generic” tigers can no longer be sold across state lines without a federal permit or registration. This could deter animal abusers from selling, breeding, and exploiting tigers. PETA had long called on the government to close this loophole, which the government had proposed doing in 2011.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind