WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW):
"This leopard was yet another victim of a horrible reality in the U.S., where keeping big cats as pets is generally legal," said Tracy Coppola, IFAW Campaigns Officer. "Nothing good comes from keeping a big cat as a pet, and this needs to stop. If it doesn't, more communities, more sanctuaries, and more first responders will continue to bear a dangerous burden. We need a national solution, and this is why IFAW is asking citizens to contact their Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 1998) today."
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act
U.S. Representatives Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) today introduced (H.R.1998) the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. The bill, spearheaded by IFAW and other animal welfare groups, is aimed at prohibiting private possession and breeding of captive big cats in the United States.
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare