Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Support proposed ban on cruel tiger cub petting venues
Legislators in New York have proposed a ban on the cruel business of tiger cub petting. Exhibitors heartlessly rip the cubs from their mothers at a young age and expose them to unnecessary stress in order to make a profit. Further, the cubs are often discarded once they become too big to handle. It is the responsibility of the New York government to ensure this cruel business is banned permanently.
Current state law in New York allows exhibitors to display cubs between the ages of eight and 12 weeks at petting venues. These cubs are taken from their mothers at a young age and kept in small cages to make a profit for their human captors. There have been reports that exhibitors even encourage customers to do things like yank their tails, dangle them by their forelegs or blow in their faces. According to Howard Baskin of the nonprofit sanctuary Big Cat Rescue, it is common practice for exhibitors to breed high numbers of cubs for petting and then dump them when they grow too large. Those who do keep the growing cubs often lock them in small steel or concrete cages with little stimulation and almost no space to move around.
The proposed legislation would ban all contact between big cats of any age and the public, effectively ending the cruel practice of for-profit cub petting enterprises, and has already been passed by both the New York Senate and House of Representatives. Urge Governor Cuomo to immediately sign the bill into law and help save innocent tiger cubs from abuse.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Sadly, the cruel business of tiger cub petting is currently legal in New York. Cubs displayed at these venues are taken from their mothers at an extremely young age and subjected to severe stress simply so their exhibitors can make a profit. These cubs are often discarded after they grow too large for their human captors to handle.
Exhibitors allegedly inflict added stress on the cubs by encouraging customers to do things like pull their tails or dangle them by their forelegs. These exhibitors breed high numbers of cubs for use at petting venues and then dump them when they are too large to be used. The tigers that aren’t discarded are often kept in small concrete or steel enclosures without proper stimulation or space.
Thankfully, New York legislators have proposed a bill that would ban contact between the public and big cats, regardless of the animal’s age. I urge you to ensure the end of the cruel business of tiger cub petting and sign this bill into law.
[Your Name Here]
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