Ban ‘Inhumane’ Breeding of Lion/Tiger ‘Frankencats’

Target: Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Ban the cross-breeding of lions and tigers, due to health concerns.

Cross-breeding lions and tigers can create some amazing looking, unique hybrid animals that can be the star attractions of zoos and special events. Fans of the practice often call the animals “ligers” and “tigons”, depending on how the animal is bred. Unfortunately, there’s a dark secret behind this practice, according to animal rights campaigners. Often labeled “frankencats” by critics, these animals are can be stricken with debilitating health risks, campaigners say. These risks include cancer, arthritis, mental health problems like depression, along with a general an increased susceptibility to disease. Research has also shown these animals can also experience dwarfism, and its opposite, gigantism.

Because of this myriad of health issues, animal rights campaigners say its time to end the practice of breeding these animals together for amusement.

“This kind of breeding virtually guarantees health problems,” Carney Anne Nasser, a campaigner for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“There’s no conservation purpose to it and it should be banned. There is a big cat crisis in the U.S.,” Nasser told the U.K.’s The Guardian newspaper.

PETA isn’t alone. At least seven major animal rights groups have expressed public opposition to the cross-breeding of lions and tigers. Some of these groups include the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Performing Animal Welfare Society and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

To these groups and others, there’s just no good reason to cross-breed big cats merely for the amusement of the public, and hence they are urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to crack down on the practice.

If you agree, please sign our petition calling on the USDA to take immediate action.


Dear Mr. Perdue,

For years now, we’ve seen the ongoing practice of cross-breeding tigers and lions across the United States. This practice is undoubtedly a crowd pleaser, creating unique animals that impress zoo-goers all over the country. Sadly, this spectacle comes at a massive cost to the animals themselves, campaigners argue. According to animal rights groups, these “tigons” and “ligers” (as these hybrid animals are called), are severely weakened from birth. Research suggests they’re much more susceptible to a variety of health problems than their parents. These health issues range from mental health problems like depression, to chronic ailments like arthritis, and even deadly diseases like cancer. They can also develop dwarfism and gigantism.

As Carney Anne Nasser, a campaigner for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently put it, this kind of breeding “virtually guarantees health problems.”

In other words, the cross-breeding of these big cats is for public amusement, at the expense of the animal’s well-being. For many animal rights campaigners, this is pretty much the textbook definition of animal cruelty. It’s violence by other means to create these “frankencats” for no good reason.

As the sole federal government agency charged with the nationwide protection of animals used in commercial settings, we urge the United States Department of Agriculture to immediately act to outlaw the cross-breeding of big cats, such as tigers and lions. Animals shouldn’t be forced to suffer for our amusement.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joshua Smith

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  1. cross- breeding is cruel, abusive and extremely dangerous. please stop these perverted actions!


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