(MURCHISON, Texas) May 15, 2019 -- This week the Humane Society of the United States’ Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch was granted full and legal custody of a tiger who has been in their care since February 12 after he was found abandoned in a Houston home. The tiger was transferred to the world-renowned 1,400-acre sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, joining more than 800 resident animals including a tiger named Alex, a former pet who arrived in 2014.
Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, said: “This tiger was found living in a small cage and is now enjoying the life he deserves - living here in a five-acre, naturally wooded habitat complex that emulates a native environment. Since his arrival we have seen him flourish from being fearful and timid, to boldly exploring his habitat. He loves to climb high on his platforms and soak up the early morning sun’s rays. He will have the opportunity to roam in wooded forest and nap under a tree without worry or stress. We are grateful this was not a temporary home for him and that BARC transferred legal custody to us so we can care for him properly for the rest of his life.”
The Ranch is operated by the Fund for Animals, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.
- Exotic animals are readily available to anyone who wants to buy or own one.
- There is no uniform regulation determining who can possess big cats or other dangerous wild animals in the U.S. Thousands of these animals are kept as pets or in grossly substandard conditions at poorly run roadside and traveling zoos, pseudo-sanctuaries, and private menageries.
- Thirty-five states have already passed meaningful laws regarding the private possession of wild cats.
- Texas SB 641 - legislation that would prohibit private ownership statewide, has made it through the Senate. But with only two weeks to go, the bill is being held up in the House Public Health Committee by Chairwoman Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston.
- The Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 1380, creates a national framework for the oversight of big cat possession and trade. In particular, the legislation prohibits public contact with tigers, lions, and other dangerous species. In this way, the bill takes a meaningful step toward ending activities in which people pay to pet, feed, take pictures with or play with big cat babies. The constant production of cubs for these activities is the major driver of the huge surplus of big cats across the country.
View the original press release/story on the tiger from February.
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