This is why we do what we do. MJEF is committed to the conservation and preservation of the Asian Leopard. I predicted last year that by 2016 the Leopard in India would be extinct… I fear it will be sooner now.
Please educate yourself on what big cat bans will do.
1. Bans do NOT work. It creates a black market and criminal atmosphere.
2. The cats here in the US are the products of 15 generations or more of captive breeding with a diverse gene pool via the private sector. Banning big cats in private owners is banning facilities like Mystic Jungle Educational Facility. The wording is much to broad and encompasses too many areas.
3. Hasten the extinction of the Asian Leopard. Why? Because AZA zoo’s do not breed them and that is what the current bill is proposing.. only AZA zoo’s and sanctuaries (which the latter does NOT breed) will be allowed to have these cats and only AZA zoo’s will be allowed to breed… please refer to the first part of my statement!) can have big cats. The Asian Leopard is a big cat.
From what I understand there is only one other facility that concentrates on the Asian Leopard and they are up north… and also a private facility.
4. Cost more cats their lives. Just where are these cats supposed to go? Does the end justify the means? When people clamor for something to be “banned” oftentimes the big picture is not thought through..