“Tiger Queens” Celebrates True Saviors for Captive Felines and Highlights the Dangers of Big Cat Pseudo-Sanctuaries

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WashingtonAnd November 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – It is estimated that there are more tigers held across the United States than are left in the wild globally. The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA) is an alliance of wildlife rescuers, reputable sanctuaries and animal advocates working to eradicate the “pet” wild cat trade and the commercial exploitation of exotic cats nationwide. Seeking to raise awareness about the plight of captive big cats kept in inhumane conditions, the BCSA today released a new video titled tiger queens.

tiger queens It features an in-depth discussion among the wonderful women who have dedicated their lives and livelihoods to operating fully legitimate, certified sanctuaries that provide lifelong care for rescued tigers, lions, leopards, and other wild cats rescued from extreme conditions. Supervised by Emily McCormack, a BCSA Leader and Animal Welfare Expert at Arkansas Turpentine Creek Wildlife Sanctuary (TCWR), tiger queens It allows viewers to hear a frank discussion about the extraordinary commitment required to lead a true sanctuary and the steps we can take to help combat big cat exploitation in the United States. On different levels – they share an unwavering commitment to animal welfare. include Tanya Smith (Co-Founder and President at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas), Bobby Brink (Founder and Director at Lions Tigers and Bears in California); Lisa Stoner (Co-founder of Forest Animal Rescue in Florida), And Tammy Teese (Founder and CEO of The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota).

“The poorly regulated trade in wild breeds and the spread of exploitative pseudo-sanctuaries across the United States are leaving countless numbers of big cats abused and in dire need of assistance,” he said. Carson Barillac, Campaigns Manager, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) the organization that helped organize and support the creation of tiger queens In partnership with BCSA. “Unfortunately, popular culture images of captive big cats – from the ‘Tiger King’ to the emergence of ‘tiger selfies’ across social media – have stunned the exploitation of tigers and other cats and, in turn, perpetuated cruel and exploitative practices. It is critical that we consider what It really happens to these animals. Sanctuary leaders who share their experiences in tiger queens They are uniquely qualified to educate us all about making responsible and humane choices and support reform of federal policy to protect captive big cats nationwide.”

“Queens” discuss the need for broad reform in the United States, where both exploitation of big cats and interpersonal commerce are widespread. Keeping tigers, lions and other exotic cats as “pets” fuels abusive trade and breeding practices while also creating serious public safety challenges. The demand for cubs to be used as photo props or for ‘pay-to-play’ sessions promotes rapid reproduction and devastating separation between mother and cub, and causes enormous physical and psychological suffering to the animals involved. These large cats may be physically abused to enforce compatible behavior and are often denied basic veterinary care, proper nutrition, opportunities to engage in normal behaviors, and other basic needs.

With so many big cats in captivity outside of legal zoos and sanctuaries across the United States, the public and first responders face unnecessary risks including escape, escape and even death. fact, October 2021 It marked ten years since the devastating “Zanesville Massacre,” during which first responders were forced to kill dozens of dangerous big cats after they were released from a private zoo in the east of the country. OhioIt shocks the nation and raises international media attention.

“The risks of traumatic human injury or death are highest when big cats are kept as pets, used as photo props, petted, or otherwise in direct contact with humans. Even when born in captivity, these cats remain wild animals with their predatory instincts intact.” A large cat can attack suddenly and without warning, with disastrous results” John Madigan, president of the Big Cat Sanctuary. “tiger queens It highlights the grave danger that exotic cats pose to the public and the fact that it is never safe to be in direct contact with an adult cat of any age and under any circumstances.”

Proposed federal legislation known as the Big Cat Public Safety Act, passed by emergency responders and safety officials across the country, aims to end exploitative practices and protect the public from fatal encounters with wild cats.

The legislation is also supported by a number of animal welfare and wildlife conservation groups including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Born Free United States of America, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA), World Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Statewide Animal Care and Surveillance Administration United, and much more.

to watch tiger queens Learn more about the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, or to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act, please click on the following link.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a global non-profit organization that helps animals and humans thrive together. We are experts and ordinary people, working across seas, oceans and in more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release animals and restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we face are urgent and complex. To solve it, we match new thinking with bold action. We partner with local communities, governments, NGOs and businesses. Together, we create new and innovative ways to help all species thrive. See how in

About Big Cat Sanctuary
Founded in 2017, the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA) includes 16 professional wildlife captive sanctuaries and 8 partner organizations to advance standards for wild cat care in sanctuaries and to eliminate private ownership and commercial exploitation of wild cats in the United States. BCSA members are true sanctuaries – those who do not buy, sell, breed, trade or exploit their animals for profit, and do not provide public contact with wild animals of any age. See the full list of our members at

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