For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Washington – Last night, the U.S. Senate passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, championed by Carole and Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue, which will prohibit private ownership of big cats and ban public contact with them. Below, please find a statement in response from PETA Foundation General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet:
The final nail’s about to hit the coffin of the extremely cruel big-cat cub-petting industry, which PETA lawsuits nearly annihilated by taking down the biggest players, such as the “Tiger Kings,” and establishing that it’s illegal to separate big-cat cubs from their mothers prematurely and let the public pet them. PETA will be watching closely to ensure that federal authorities enforce the new law and stop wannabe “Tiger Kings” from resurrecting this abusive industry.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.