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Tigers! You Can Help. Most Important Action in 10 years.

Tigers! New Rules! You Can Help!

Camouflaged among the pages of the Federal Register/Vol. 76, No. 162/ Monday, August 22, 2011/ Proposed Rules, pages 52297-52301, hidden between pages and pages of proposed rules,  the most important action to SAVE TIGERS in over 10 years is waiting for your support by just leaving a comment before September 21, 2011.

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Siberian Tiger Photo credit: Joanne McGonagle

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose to amend the regulations that implement the Endangered Species Act by removing inter-subspecific crossed or generic tiger (Panthera tigris)(i.e.,specimens not identified or identifiable as members of Bengal, Sumatran, Siberian or Indochinese subspecies from the list of species that are exempt from registration under the Captive-bred Wildlife (CBW) regulations.” To read the entire proposal, click here.

Don’t be overwhelmed when you see the words crammed on the pages. All you need to do is leave a comment in your own words. Simply say you are FOR the new rule rescinding the generic tiger exemption.  That is all you have to say and you will have done an amazing thing towards saving our big cat cousins.  It will only take about 30 seconds and it doesn’t cost a penny.  Won’t you please help? Click Here for the Comment form.

You might be wondering why this is so super important.  There is an estimated over 5,000 tigers in captivity in the United States and the reason we don’t know how many tigers are in captivity is because in 1998  the US Fish and Wildlife Service created a rule that exempted “generic” tigers from the permit and reporting requirements that apply to endangered species.  ALL tigers bred outside of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facilities are generic.

A generic tiger is a tiger that is not identifiable as  a  Bengal, Siberian, Sumatran or Indochinese subspecies. No matter what the facility may tell you, this type of breeding of tigers does not help the conservation of tigers in the wild or  the survival of the species in captivity. These are the tigers bred for photo opportunities with cubs. When the cubs have outgrown their “usefulness” in a few short months, they are often kept in crowded cages, sold into the canned hunting industry or to taxidermists as “trophies”.  These are the tigers that need rescued by reputable cat sanctuaries and why they are in constant need of our support both as volunteers and financially.

Increasing the supply of generic tigers supports the market for them and creates a greater opportunity for poachers to kill a wild tiger to sell its parts into the black market.  We have less than 3000 surviving wild tigers today.  There is no time to wait.  We must step up our protection of our big cat cousins.

Big Cat Rescue has a short video showing us what happens to  generic tiger cubs when they are born into these captive breeding facilities. Won’t you please leave a comment to help stop the captive breeding of generic tigers?

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When you leave a comment on the  regulations.gov, Your voice in Federal Decision-Making, please come back and tell me what you said to help others that might be struggling to come up with their own words.  This is super important to me and all cats everywhere.  Thank you for helping!!!

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  • Kelly Taylor

     How can people be so ignorant and callous??  These are precious creatures of nature. Ditch the stupidity and get educated about HUMANE treatment of animals in the wild – they should be left alone!  IDIOTIC what people do sometimes – what stupidity!!

  • Sleepyowl1

    What is the big deal about generic breeding.  it should not go on because it only makes it available to poachers to take what parts they want and then kill them.  As a strong supporterof wild life I urge you to stop this horrific treatment of these beautiful animals.    They are kept in crowded cages and not cared for for long periods.   Poachers  should get the same treatment that these poor animals are getting.  Those cats should be allowed to run free as God intended them to do.              

  • Alice

    for god’s shake!!!leave wild animals alone!!!!they r no pets!!!!as if people had enough knowledge on how to treat all other domestic animals and now they are moving on to wild ones?insane!!!

  • Andezwoman

    I added a comment to help save these beautiful animals.  I was short and sweet about it.

  • Denise

    poor babies! :-( makes me so sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.flowers1 Suzanne Flowers

    good luck

  • Jen

    Thanks for publicizing the opportunity to comment on this and providing the link!! I was happy to leave the following comment:
    The big cats are so precious and so many (if not all) are endangered or critically endangered. We need to protect them all; we Must protect them all. Please end the species designations in terms of protection and protect ALL the big cats. It will be a poorer world if we lose any more of them. Our children and grandchildren will know what we were willing to do, and not willing to do, for them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1096273877 Pauline Crosby

    Human beings are hunting/killing and abusing these poor animals and get
    away with it every day, but yet if the animal bites/mauls, attacks or
    kills a human they are put down/killed, well maybe humans beings should
    start getting the same treatment the bible says and eye for an eye, do
    unto others what you would have done to you.  I think its only fair that
    human beings are treated the same way they treat the animals.  Sorry if
    i offend anyone but this is my thinking.  These wonderful creatures
    need to be free so they can live there lives the way they should be
    living, not in cages but in the wild were they belong FREE.  The ones in
    the wild also need protecting from poacher’s who kill them just for
    certain body parts and leave the rest of the body to just rot away, like
    i said earlier the poacher’s should have the same done to them…  You will see this same comment by Tigeress6671, that was my comment before connecting this with my fb

  • Tigeress6671

    Human beings are hunting/killing and abusing these poor animals and get away with it every day, but yet if the animal bites/mauls, attacks or kills a human they are put down/killed, well maybe humans beings should start getting the same treatment the bible says and eye for an eye, do unto others what you would have done to you.  I think its only fair that human beings are treated the same way they treat the animals.  Sorry if i offend anyone but this is my thinking.  These wonderful creatures need to be free so they can live there lives the way the should be living, not in cages but in the wild were they belong FREE.  The ones in the wild also need protecting from poacher’s who kill them just for certain body parts and leave the rest of the body to just rot away, like i said earlier the poacher’s should have the same done to them…

  • Janellm

    I read (wrote) them the riot act, Gracey! I truly hope our voices are heard. Thanks for bringing this comment period to our attention.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Janell!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michele-C-Hollow/1504249976 Michele C. Hollow

    Done. Thanks Gracie for this!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Michele!

  • cindy

    I commented and posted to my facebook page.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    • Anonymous

      Super Hurrah! Thank you Cindy.

  • Markgbev

    LOVE cats, big and small!! And tigers are SO beautiful!! Truly hoping that doing this helps!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for helping!  Super Hurrah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071687763 Melanie Eichert Garland

    Those baby tigers are about the cutest I’ve ever seen but I hate to see this happening! Is there anyone we can report stuff like this too if we see it? 

    • Anonymous

      You can voice your opinion to the Mall management and local news media outlets.  Thank you for caring about our big cat cousins.

  • MeowhowseMary

    Hi, Gracey – I submitted a comment.  Thanks for the opportunity to do so, and for the information you and your Mom share with us.   Also, please tell your Mom that her Siberian tiger photo is awesome!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dawn.white.nyc Dawn White

    Done Gracey!

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Gracey.  Here is what I wrote:  I support rescinding the generic tiger exemption.  Hundreds of “generic tigers” live in difficult and dangerous captive situations across the United States.  Rescinding this exemption would allow for humane rescue and care for these abused animals.  Thank you for allowing me to speak my piece.
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    Thank you for sharing this information with us.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! Super Hurrah!

  • Kim

    Cats are my favorite thing on the planet either big or small but these are wild animals not house cats and as cute as they are we need to remember that and help them in the wild not a cage for us to pet.  It always amazes me when they go after a human they get killed but use your brain they didn’t choose this life the human did they want to be free not taken from there mothers for profit.  Humans are very greedy and if you can do this you are not an animal lover. 

  • Chrismcalister77

    Something needs to be done now, before these beautiful gifts from God are gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Janet-Vandenabeele/826217505 Janet Vandenabeele

    OK, done! And I gave props to BCR, too. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! Super Hurrah!

  • SimCat

    Stop this immediately, I can’t even look at the video….*ROAR*with anger….totally supporting the new rul! 

  • SimCat

    Stop this immediately, I can’t even look at the video….*ROAR*with anger….totally supporting the new rul! 

  • http://www.beefcakebilly.blogspot.com Billy Smukalla

    right now on the morning news as i was submitting my comment, they were advertising an event going on at a local mall with a bunch of baby tigers!  when will this stop?!  yes they are cute but what they have to go thru for us to look at them is disgusting!  how can people who claim to love animals go see these abused babies?  what if there were human infants in cages being tossed around and not allowed any sleep and had to perform for our amusement?? people would be up in arms!  

  • http://www.beefcakebilly.blogspot.com Billy Smukalla

    right now on the morning news as i was submitting my comment, they were advertising an event going on at a local mall with a bunch of baby tigers!  when will this stop?!  yes they are cute but what they have to go thru for us to look at them is disgusting!  how can people who claim to love animals go see these abused babies?  what if there were human infants in cages being tossed around and not allowed any sleep and had to perform for our amusement?? people would be up in arms!  

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for submitting your comment.  Super Hurrah!  Where is this mall?

    • Noodles5455

      Love the ‘human babies’ comment! This so true,don’t people understand these animals feel just as we do?The only difference is they can’t talk! Please post where this mall is!!!!

  • http://www.beefcakebilly.blogspot.com Billy Smukalla

    I cant stand to watch videos like this so i’m not going to watch it, my heart just cant take it, but i will go and leave a comment. 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for helping.  Super Hurrah!

  • Enikutza_88

    i wish something could be made to end this crulety!!!

    • Anonymous

      Leave your comment and that is a step in the right directions.   

  • http://twitter.com/DianeM1966 Diane M

    I’m for the new rule, too! :)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! Super Hurrah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1126605825 Carolyn Schellhardt

    I said that extinction is forever.  And this bill will help save the big cats.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! Super Hurrah!

  • Pusskin33

    I am most definitely  FOR the new rule rescinding the generic tiger  exemption 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! Super Hurrah!