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Incidents Involving Big Cats
As experts in the field of captive big cats, we are all too familiar with incidents with big cats that result in physical harm or death of humans and big cats alike. These risks are the exact reason that we are opposed to any public contact with wild cat species, and we require our member sanctuaries to abide by protected contact – always having a barrier between humans and big cats, whether they are staff or members of the public, they never have direct contact with the cats. Unfortunately, this is not true for many commercial exhibitors and private owners who allow for direct contact that can result in tragic consequences, and even in the best of circumstances, accidents do happen. The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance keeps a database of these incidents to educate the public and the media on the dangers of captive big cats. This database includes sources for original news coverage on each of the incidents.
(Please note the following: The database is currently being updated to include incidents that have occurred since 2019; please check back for updates.)