The number of tigers raised in the United States may be higher than the number of wild tigers worldwide.In states that reacted strongly to government intervention, such as Texas, no one knew exactly what there was how many tigers are being kept in captivity.
Keeping pets “poisoned” is a controversial issue in the United States.
In some states like Texas, owning a pet – whatever it is – is seen as a personal freedom that the government should not interfere with.
Speaking about the issue, animal activist Ben Callison said he was criticized by several audiences after urging the US Department of Agriculture to intervene in matters involving “toxic” pets.
“People say I seek to deprive them of the freedom to own what they want and to do what they want,” Mr. Calission said.
However, few Texans want the government to intervene in the matter for the safety of the community. The problem is, many “toxic” pets in the United States are not subject to specified in the Species at Risk Act 1973 (ESA) – which applies only to animals caught in the natural environment. Meanwhile, the majority of tigers in America originate from breeders.
The legal burden therefore rests with the states. Despite the increase in numbers, regulations are often ineffective, including in Texas – said the observer.
“People want unique pets. There are many predators locked up as pets across the country, including black bears, African lions, mountain lions. People also raised dangerous reptiles.
like crocodiles and snakes. ” – Nicole Paquette, Vice President of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), shared .Wildlife belongs to the wilderness. Tigers shouldn’t be held as pets.
“Texas is a conservative state, embracing personal freedoms and ownership of what you want…You can buy a tiger online, it’s crazy” – Pamela Boich, of the lobby group for animal welfare, Texas Human Legislation Network, said.
In 2001, Texas passed a law requiring “poisonous” pets to be registered after a cobra came out and bit off a young man’s hand. However, the enforcement of the law the law rests with the local governments of 254 counties, making it very difficult to “hunt” unregistered tigers.
Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Texas Department of Health Services, said only about 50 tigers are currently registered. This raises concerns about dangerous pets escaping, especially when there are natural disasters.
More disturbing, for tigers, Texas weather is generally very pleasant – meaning they can live outside all year round without having to seek shelter in winter – Austin Zoo manager John Gramieri said Jasper.
In addition, Texas’ location is also very conducive to cross-border tiger trading with Mexico. In the past, animals smuggled through this border area were often birds and reptiles. i’m from Mexico. However, this trend has changed in recent years with mainly tigers and animals of the cat family being propagated in the United States and smuggled into Mexico.