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President Biden to sign the Big Cat Public Safety Act

Natasha, a 16-year-old female tiger, has her ears pinned back as she leaps against the enclosure’s fence trying to reach her prey at the Lions, Tigers, and Bears rescue facility Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 in Alpine, Calif. There are as many as 20,000 privately owned cats in the U.S. and about half are tigers, according to groups like the World Wildlife Fund and the AZA. The WWF says there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild in Asia. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(TAMPA, FLA) — Carole Baskin, who runs The Big Cat Rescue Ranch in Tampa, is relieved that The Big Cat Public Safety Act is headed to President Biden’s desk. It was made famous by the “Tiger King” Netflix series and Baskin who objected to “cub-petting” in which members of the public pay to play or take photos with tiger cubs or other big cats. The Big Cat Act passed unanimously in the Senate and is expected to be signed by Biden. The bill restricts private ownership of big cats such as tigers, with possession of the big cats and cross-breeds limited to wildlife sanctuaries, state universities and certified zoos.