People for the Ethical
People for Animals (PETA)
[Ed. Note: Also see Tell USDA to Stop Public Contact with Captive Wildlife]
Please take a moment now to submit a comment before October 4 to the USDA urging it to protect public health and animal welfare by prohibiting public contact with dangerous wild animals. You can submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal:
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
Disreputable exhibitors irresponsibly allow the public to have direct contact with dangerous wild animals—including big cats, bears, and primates—which has resulted in hundreds of serious injuries to humans and numerous human and animal fatalities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for adopting and implementing new regulations to protect animals. The USDA is now considering adopting regulations that would prohibit public contact with big cats, bears, and primates. We need your help to ensure that the USDA implements these new regulations for the sake of both animal welfare and public safety!
The following are just a few of the hundreds of incidents that illustrate that big cats, bears, and chimpanzees are dangerous exotic animals who can never be "tamed":
State governments and other officials look to the USDA to make decisions about these matters, and it is now up to the public to urge the USDA to implement regulations that will curtail the inexcusable risks associated with direct contact between the viewing public and dangerous animals.
Exhibitors will continue to jeopardize animal welfare and public safety until forced to do otherwise by the USDA. Please take a moment now to submit a comment to the USDA urging it to protect public health and animal welfare by prohibiting public contact with dangerous wild animals. You can submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
Feel free to use the sample comment below, but remember that a personalized comment is always more effective. Public comments are highly regarded, and officials listen to them when making decisions, so please also forward this alert to anyone who cares about animal welfare or public safety!
Sample comment: I am writing to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make the right decision for animal welfare and public safety by implementing regulations that prohibit public contact with big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates of any age.
Hundreds of humans have been injured, and dozens of humans and animals
alike have been killed as the result of human contact with captive big cats,
bears, and nonhuman primates. The conditions to which these animals are
subjected by exhibitors and dealers in captivity are frequently abusive and
deprive them of everything that is natural and important to them. Experts
agree that animals who are subjected to abuse and deprivation are prone to
unpredictable, potentially dangerous behavior. It is inconsistent with the
stated purpose of the Animal Welfare Act for the USDA to continue to allow
public contact with dangerous exotic animals who may be abused and
manipulated but never tamed.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!
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