Black Pine applauds signing of ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act’ into law

News Release

ALBION  — The only cats that are now legal to have as a pet can be found in local shelters  — not from the jungle.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden signed the Big Cat Public Safety Act into law, which bans the private ownership of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars, or any cross-species hybrids of those animals.

It makes the practice of cub petting and photos with cubs illegal and prohibits the breeding of big cats for private ownership.

“We are beyond thrilled to see this bill passed,” says Black Pine Animal Sanctuary Executive
Director Trish Nichols.  “It is one more step toward ending the exploitation of animals for profit.”

“We appreciate the support and advocacy from our donors who used their voices to reach out to legislators. On behalf of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary board, staff, and volunteers thank you.”

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion is now the permeant and safe forever home for four of the tigers seized by the Department of Justice from the Oklahoma Zoo featured in the Netflix series, Tiger King. Elvis, Ima, Price and Patronus are now living in a cared-for environment with individual and spacious natural habitats, proper diets, and veterinary care.

The zoo featured in Netflix’s series has permanently closed to the public.

To learn more about Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, go to its website.