Reporting Abuse

Reporting Abuse

How to Report Abuse

More than 10,000 big cats are kept captive in the U.S. by private owners. Many more are used for entertainment and exhibition. Some of these animals are kept illegally or in deplorable conditions. This doesn’t mean we are powerless to help these animals. If you are concerned about a big cat living in poor conditions, there are options:

Animal abuse is never acceptable. Immediately report concerns to local law enforcement.

Keeping exotic cats as pets is illegal or restricted in many states. Report concerns about private ownership in states where it is illegal to local law enforcement and where it is restricted to your state wildlife regulatory body.

Find Your State’s Big Cat Pet Regulations


Establishments in the U.S. where big cats are exhibited to the public (e.g. zoos, circuses, sanctuaries) are federally regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Contact your regional USDA office with concerns of poor conditions and neglect.

Find Your Regional USDA Office


If you are the OWNER of an exotic big cat and wish to surrender to a TRUE sanctuary, provide us with more information so that we can help with placement.

Owner Surrender Form


Join us to protect all big cats. Learn more about becoming a big cat advocate and supporting the Big Cat Public Safety Act.


Lawsuit seeks online access to federal elephant, lion trophy import records

The lion cub raised by a dog

VIDEO: New tiger arrives from Germany

ZOOTASTIC ANIMAL WELFARE VIOLATIONS: Zootastic fined for past animal welfare violations

Reporting Abuse