U.S. House of Representatives Passes Big Cat Public Safety Act on International Tiger Day

The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 263, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, by a vote of 278-134. The bill would resolve the country’s patchwork of exotic pet laws by banning the private ownership of big cats in all fifty states, and prohibiting exhibitors from offering lucrative physical contact sessions with captive cats that contributes to animal trafficking. The measure has been reintroduced multiple times over successive sessions and is endorsed by major organizations such as the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.