Calls to Action
You can help big cats in captivity through your actions and advocacy.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act
The Big Cat Public Safety Act would prohibit the private ownership of big cats. It would also restrict direct contact between the public and big cats, ending cruel cub petting attractions. Few states have an outright ban on the private possession of big cats (see graphic), and some states have no state regulations at all, making a federal solution necessary. The Big Cat Public Safety Act would better protect captive big cats and help safeguard the public, who are put at risk by the unregulated ownership of these animals.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, January 11, 2021. Please contact your Representative to voice your support for H.R. 263 – The Big Cat Public Safety Act. You can find your Representative and Senators using the links below. Please be sure to reference the H.R. number in your correspondences. To keep up-to-date on the bill in the House, please visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/263/
BCPSA in the U.S. House of Representatives
The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 263. Please contact your Representative to voice your support for its passage in the House again this year. If you have a newly elected Representative, contact them and let them know that you encourage them to vote yes for the Big Cat Public Safety Act. For a list of current co-sponsors of the bill in the House, please visit: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/263/cosponsors.
BCPSA in the U.S. Senate
It is imperative that we build support for the BCPSA in the Senate. The Bill will need to be brought forth by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for a vote in the full Senate. Please monitor the Committee’s website at www.epw.senate.gov/public/ for changes in leadership in 2021 (117th Congress). We encourage you to identify your Senators now by clicking on the button below and contact them to encourage them to vote for this bill when it is introduced into the Senate.