On March 2, 2012 animal legislation was reviewed by the Committee on Natural Resources to close loopholes found in the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act regarding predatory felines. The implementation of HR4122 would allow these acts to function in the spirit for which they were intended and protect endangered wildlife from extinction.
HR4122 represents the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. The necessity for this legislation is in part due to the October 19, 2011 Zanesville, Ohio massacre, where law enforcement officials needed to put down 49 predators released from their cages to ensure public safety.
The foundation of this animal legislation would make private ownership of predatory felines illegal throughout the United States. In addition, it would reduce the number of breeding farms, further protecting endangered species from being subjected to the unnatural acts of inbreeding and crossbreeding. This act would also manage to make the exotic pet trade an unprofitable endeavor and help to curb poaching by making the sale of any predatory feline, be they endangered species or human engineered, illegal in both intrastate and interstate markets.
The perversions of inbreeding and crossbreeding that humans have inflicted upon endangered felines over the course of the 20th century has only hastened the extinction of these species, rather than preserve them. These genetically altered animals suffer so many medical conditions that there is no reasonable way for them to repopulate a wildlife vacancy. Through closing these breeding loopholes, HR4122 stands to rectify the weakening of the endangered species genetic pool and ensure the safety of its constituency from the fear of being mauled.