Thousands of big cats are kept as pets or maintained in ill-equipped roadside zoos in the U.S.
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Currently, there are no federal laws regulating the private ownership of big cats and other dangerous exotic animals. Only state and local laws prevent your neighbors from keeping these dangerous animals as pets. For years many animal groups and accredited sanctuaries have been working hard to get a federal law passed to regulate big cat private ownership. On March 30, 2017, House Representative Jeff Denham, referred H.R. 1818 to the 115th Congress to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
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"Evidence of a cat being revered and treated like a pet dates back about 9,500 years ago." Learn all about domesticated cats and the similarities they share with lions, leopards and other big cats. Rexano exotic big cat feline gallery pet African serval savannah hybrid kittens
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Photo provided by FlickrThe Federal ban on big cat sales across state lines as pets has helped slow the escalation of events, but a full ban on possession is needed
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As many as 15,000 exotic big cats may be living in neighborhoods and roadside zoos in the United States. In fact, the country may have more pet tigers than there are estimated to be remaining in their wild habitats in Asia, according to research done for the National Geographic television documentary Extracts from the program airs on MSNBC tonight, October 9, in a special presentation hosted by Lisa Ling.Animal protection groups want to outlaw private ownership of big cats. They say that with an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 large cats kept as pets in the United States, the problem is out of control.Carol Asvestas is tired of seeing the same scene played out across the country. Big cats are taken in as pets or kept in so-called sanctuaries, but are neglected by owners who become overwhelmed.People who own pet big cats include low-income families, high-income families, and teenagers who want them as graduation presents, she said. "It's an ego thing. It's great to be able to walk down the street with a tiger cub on a leash. It creates attention." Restrictions vary by state: As of June 2002, 19 states ban private ownership of big cats, 15 require only a license or permit, and the remaining 16 have no regulations at all, established.The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires licenses for exhibitors, dealers and researchers, but not private owners keeping a big cat as a pet.And by big cats we don’t mean lions and tigers, although those are awesome too, but we’ll take a look at domestic pets. What if you just want more to love? check out this list.'s researchers found dozens of cases reported in the U.S. media of people being killed or mauled by their pet big cats. In at least one situation it was reported that an owner was partially eaten.See more: -- Tallest Pet Cat - Guinness World Records - official - she was bred and raised at A1 Savannahs, the premier Savannah cat breeder in the world. She is called MAGIC, an apt name for such a stunning cat. Is this the biggest domestic cat? Update 22-9-09: Guinness Book of Records has I am told declared her the tallest domestic cat at 43.43 centimeters (17.1 inches). More to come....