I've seen the horrific suffering captive tigers go through in this country, and I hoped I would never see it again.
Rotting away in tiny, filthy cages, around 5,000 of these majestic beasts are reduced to nothing more than dangerous 'pets' or sideshow props.
In fact, there are more privately-owned tigers in American backyards than there are in the wild.
Worse still, tiger parts are highly prized on the black market. Some of these backyard tigers may even end up skinned, stuffed or butchered for trinkets.
That's why today I'm asking for your help.
You see, we have a unique opportunity to close a loophole that allows people to legally keep tigers on their property without reporting even basic information about them to the Federal government. Because of this loophole, tigers can be bred, exploited and discarded with virtually no oversight.
In some states, it's actually easier to buy a tiger than to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter! As a result, several human lives have already been tragically lost.
Please take a moment to tell the US Fish & Wildlife Service to close the "generic tiger" loophole and to keep track of the number of tigers in the US. You can make a huge difference in three easy steps:
Step 1: Visit the official USFW website here and fill in your contact information on the lefthand side.
Step 2: Enter your public comment in the box on the right side of the page. Feel free to use the below text:
I strongly support the removal of the generic tiger loophole as proposed in 76 Fed. Reg. 45597, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; US Captive-Bred Inter-Subspecific Crossed or Generic Tigers. The regulatory removal of this loophole would go far toward preventing the illegal trade in tiger parts originating from the United States.
Specifically, I support the idea that owners of tigers must report any activity including births, deaths, and transfers and that they must supply a year end inventory of all animals held the previous year.
Thank you for taking this first step towards ensuring that captive tigers are treated humanely, that they are kept in conditions safe for both cat and humans, and that they don't threaten the world's last remaining wild tigers.
Step 3: Click "Submit" and let me know you took action by sending a copy of your public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By closing this loophole, captive tigers in the US will have far more protection under US law. But please don't wait to speak out for tigers, there are only a few more weeks for public comments to be accepted.
I can't thank you enough.
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