Congress Set To Ban Private Ownership Of Big Cats

Roll Call reports:

The Senate is expected to take up and approve a House-passed bill that would restrict the breeding or possession of “big cats,” including tigers, lions, jaguars and cougars, and limit ownership of the animals to zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, veterinarians and universities.

The bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, was approved by the House 278-134 on July 27 and its sponsors say they are “optimistic” it will be passed by the Senate. The House approved a similar measure in 2020 after national attention was focused on the issue by the Netflix series “Tiger King.”

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The above-cited 2020 House bill was never taken up by the Senate.