Target: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Goal: Don’t allow exemptions to current ban on private possession of exotic cats
Government representatives from the Lousiana Senate and House of Representatives approved a new measure that will allow exemptions to the current ban on private possession of exotic cats. Sadly, Louisiana Governor Jindal officially signed the bill into law in June 2014.
Senate Bill 250 (S.B. 250) is detrimental to exotic cats being kept as pets in the state of Louisiana, creating a loophole that makes certain individuals exempt to the current ban. The bill ensures that big cats like Tony the Tiger, who has been kept at the “Tiger Truck Stop” in Grosse Tete by Michael Sandlin, will continue to suffer in their cruel confinement by humans.
Unfortunately, Lousiana legislature failed to see that S.B. 250 is “a serious threat to both public safety and animal welfare,” according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. ASPCA officials have spoken out against the bill, saying that the majority of people who keep exotic animals as pets are either unable or unwilling to meet that animal’s needs, often leading to the poor creatures being “caged, chained and beaten into submission or mutilated by removing their teeth and claws.”
The bill also puts anyone who comes in contact with these animals, be it their owners or customers paying to interact with them, in serious danger, as wild animals can never truly be tamed and may revert back to their natural instincts to hunt or protect themselves at any time. Urge the Louisiana Legislature to reverse their decision on this cruel, inhumane bill.
Dear Governor Jindal,
As an animal welfare advocate, I am extremely disappointed with the Louisiana Legislature’s decision to allow Senate Bill 250 (S.B. 250) to be passed into law. The inhumane measure allows exemptions to the current ban on the private possession of exotic cats.
This cruel bill allows the suffering of bigs cats being kept as pets to continue. One such cat that has gotten media attention in the past several months is Tony the Tiger, who has been kept at the “Tiger Truck Stop” in Grosse Tete. Despite many attempts by animal welfare organizations and the general public to protest Tony’s cruel confinement, S.B. 250 ensures he will continue to suffer.
I am shocked that government represenatives chose to ignore the serious harm the bill poses to public safety and animal welfare. Wild animals are dangerous for both their owners and the general public who pays to interact with them. These animals can never be tamed, and may act on their natural instincts at any time. Further, many exotic animals kept as pets and used to make a profit endure a lifetime of suffering, being confined in cages or chained up, brutally beaten into submission or mutilated by having their their teeth or claws removed. These animals deserve to roam freely in the wild where they can behave naturally and live without fear or suffering. I strongly oppose the Louisiana Legislature’s decision to deny exotic cats the life they deserve by passing S.B. 250 into law, and urge them to revisit their decision.
[Your Name Here]
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