You Can Help: Report Big Cat Exhibitions in Your Area

Learn about big cat exploitation and help the BCSA make a difference

Big Cats in Entertainment

It’s time to stop the suffering of big cats in circuses, traveling acts, and fairs! These animals are confined in small barren cages, endure long periods of travel in filthy trucks or trailers, and are subjected to violent training. 

The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA) opposes the use of big cats for any type of entertainment. To learn more, read our position paper on big cats in entertainment here. 

Report Big Cat Exhibitors in Your Area

You can help us help big cats! Report fairs, circuses, or traveling acts with big cats that are coming to your area. The BCSA can then reach out to educate decision-makers and discourage them from hiring wild animal acts in the future. 

To submit a report, click on the black “Report Incident” button to the right. All reports are kept confidential.

Public Contact with Big Cats of Any Age is Illegal

With passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act in December 2022, exhibitors can no longer allow public contact with big cats, including cubs. In addition, big cats must be kept at least 15 feet from the public.

Prohibited species include lion, tiger, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, jaguar, cheetah, and cougar, and any hybrids of these species.  

Photograph courtesy of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

If you witness direct contact with big cats of any age, or if you see this advertised, please file a report immediately by clicking on the “Report Incident” button.

Other Ways to Help Big Cats

  • Skip the show. Do not attend a circus, traveling show, or fair featuring big cats or other wild animals. 
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, describing why people should not attend these shows.
  • Use social media to share what you’ve learned.
  • Support the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance! Click here to make a donation.