Performing Animal Welfare Society Praises Federal Captive Cat Law

San Andreas, California – A local animal sanctuary is celebrating a new federal law that will protect both big cats and the public.

The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of San Andreas applauds the Big Cat Public Safety Act which became law today after being signed into law by President Biden. It prohibits keeping big cats as “pets” and prohibits any contact between them and the public.

“For nearly 40 years, we have worked to protect big cats and other wild animals in captivity from exploitation and abuse,” said PAWS President and CEO Ed Stewart. “We are very pleased that the Big Cat Public Safety Act has become law, as it will end cruel cub petting operations, save countless animal lives and protect the public from the danger posed by big cats held by guards. individuals.”

Currently, PAWS is caring for eight rescued tigers at its ARK 2000 sanctuary in Calaveras County, most of them from a cub petting center. Two more were featured in the Netflix docuseries Tiger King, where the owner waived his rights after being shut down by the federal government, as previously reported here. Another was bred to be sold as an exotic “pet”. In fact, PAWS states that there are more tigers held in captivity in the United States than are left in the wild worldwide.

These ‘pets’ can become dangerous, with the latest statistics showing that since 1990 more than 400 dangerous incidents involving big cats in captivity have occurred in 46 states and the District of Columbia, killing 5 children and 19 adults and causing hundreds of seriously injured.

“PAWS is very proud of the contributions we’ve made to ensure Big Cat Public Safety Law becomes law, including working with organizations such as the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance,” Stewart said. “Our ultimate goal is to end the use of captive big cats for entertainment, and the Big Cats Public Safety Act is an important step towards achieving that goal.”