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.

1.12.2021 Update

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.

Previous Updates

12.29.2020 Update

The Big Cat Public Safety Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020 (116th Congress). However, it was not brought to the Senate for a vote in 2020. Therefore, it will need to be voted on again in the House and brought to the Senate for a vote in 2021 (117th Congress). BCSA will continue to post updates on the status of this Act on our social media, and we will also provide updated Calls to Action regarding the Big Cat Public Safety Act and other relevant big cat legislation on this page regularly.

U.S. House of Representatives (116th Congress): On December 3, 2020, the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1380)  passed the U.S. House of Representatives. However, the Bill will have to be reintroduced into the House in 2021. Please see the December 3rd voting record at https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/2020232. If your Representative voted yes, please thank them for their vote and encourage them to vote yes again in 2021. For those Representatives who did not vote or voted no in 2020, please contact them and let them know that you support the passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act.

U.S. Senate (116th Congress): The Big Cat Public Safety Act was not brought for a vote in the Senate in 2020. To view the co-sponsors of Bill S.2561 in the Senate, visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2561/cosponsors.