A woman flees from authorities with her collection of tigers, monkeys, a fox, and a skunk — and her 14-year-old daughter who was living under the same roof as the wild animals.
A California couple, whose escaped pet tiger prowled neighborhoods for weeks before finally being shot and killed by authorities, quickly packed their things up and fled with the rest of their big cat collection in tow.
What do these two incidents, as well as dozens of other cases have in common? These people all wind up in one state, Nevada.
While 45 out of the 50 states that make up America have laws forbidding private citizens owning exotic wildlife, there are five that have no such rules.
Like Nevada the four other states Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin have no standards, nor statewide laws restricting private possession of dangerous wild animals.
You would think someone who is willing to go through all the trouble and expense to obtain a Tiger or Leopard would be ultra responsible with their care, unfortunately that is far from the truth.
A great many of these exotic pet owners get into it, simply because they thought a tiger cub was just the cutest little bundle of joy.
But those little darlings grow up fast and within months they become too much to handle and they are shipped off to a small pen in the backyard.
Subjected to a life of cruelty and starvation they live for years in unsanitary conditions, till they either die from exposure, malnutrition or someone happens to discover the poor animal and calls the authorities.
Ironically, there are plenty of laws on the books once the Tiger or Lion grows to be a 500 pound killing machine, but as a young cub there are hardly any laws in these five states to prevent you from owning them.
Cost seems to be the only deterrent and there are no state laws preventing money and stupidity from having a relationship.
Nevada, seems to be the go to the state when an exotic pet owner is, pardon the pun, on the lamb and is considered the Wild Wild West when it comes to exotic pet ownership.
Politicians like Harry Reid always talk about other people's motivations or lack of insight, but as a Nevada senator for decades, it seems to me it could not have been too much of a stretch to figure out this equation.
500 Pound Tiger + Moronic low I.Q. untrained private citizen = Disaster in the making
Its just common sense not to let private citizens to have tigers and chimps and other powerful animals running loose around the house.
Wild animals have thousands, sometimes millions of years of predatory evolution and their instincts are to kill and feed on anything that nature places in front of them.
The keeping of these animals not only requires substantial space, but years of training to become knowledgeable and experienced enough to understand small personality traits that signal the animal may attack or is becoming more aggressive as it becomes over stimulated with emotions.
I really could care less if a tiger eats it's idiotic owner, but these fives states are not only putting the general public in danger, but when these animals are discovered, first responders are the ones that have to go deal with a loose killing machine, who is on the prowl in an unsuspecting neighborhood.
If everything goes perfect and no one is hurt and the animal is miraculously captured unharmed, then ultimately, taxpayers, as well as the sanctuary community, will need to foot the bill for decades to take care of this innocent animal who never asked to be ripped away from it's mother just hours after it was born.
The federal government needs to act immediately to protect both the animal and the general public. The government needs to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act. It passage will prohibit unqualified morons from possessing and breeding big cats, bolster weak laws in states that have them, and fill any gaps in states like Nevada who just lost their damn minds and never passed any legislation on wildlife ownership..
Until the states takes action, there can only be three outcomes.
Remember, these animals are innocent, they cannot control their natural instincts and they never asked to be trafficked because someone thought they were just the cutest little things.
Click here to go to the Big Cat Rescue site - It has much more information on the Big cat bill and also a search program so you can quickly find out who your state reps are.