Tiger King Helps Build Support for Act to Ban Private Ownership of Big Cats

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Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Big Cat Public Safety Act,” a bill that would prohibit the private ownership of big cats like lions and tigers. As CNN reported, the bill passed the House with a 272-114 vote, with 48 Republicans voting with Democrats to approve the measure.

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, the bill’s main author, said in a statement the legislation’s passage is “one step closer to ensuring these animals are treated humanely and to keeping the public safe from dangerous big cats.”
While the Netflix series Tiger King brought the nation’s attention to the problematic nature of private ownership of big cats, groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), as well as the World Wildlife Fund, have been working to bring attention to these issues as well as support legislation that prohibits the practice for many years.

Why This Matters: There are more tigers in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild. As IFAW explained, captive, privately-owned big cats are regularly subjected to mistreatment and miserable living conditions. It’s past time that the federal government stepped in to end these cruel

Cotopaxi and Wolfgang Man & Beast Partner Launch GoodDog Holiday Gifts

The collaboration will support a grant to animal rescue nonprofit, Nuzzles & Co., to help families hit by the financial impacts of COVID-19 continue to care for their pets as well as help in-need communities support animal rescue.

Impact-driven outdoor gear brand and B Corp Cotopaxi has teamed up with fellow Salt Lake City brand Wolfgang Man & Beast to launch a unique and coveted brand collaboration, just in time for the holiday gifting season.

Wolfgang designs and manufactures American-made dog collars and leashes using only the finest American textiles. Together with Cotopaxi, they are launching the GoodDog collar and leash, to pair up with the Bataan fanny pack in a first-of-its-kind collaboration. The collaboration will support a grant to animal rescue nonprofit, Nuzzles & Co., to help families hit by the financial impacts of COVID-19 continue to care for their pets as well as help in-need communities support animal rescue.

The collection includes a co-branded Cotopaxi Bataan fanny pack, a 3L waist and sling pack made from 100% repurposed materials in unique del dia colorways, a Cotopaxi x Wolfgang woven label and added Wolfgang screen print; the GoodDog

Beware of Pet Stores, Bad Breeders Who Sell Puppies for the Holidays, Warns Pasado’s Safe Haven

Puppies are a popular Christmas gift — but they can be a lot of hard work. Know the facts to avoid problems after the puppy is home.

“The holidays are always big money-making opportunities for puppy mills, pet stores and backyard breeders who aren’t interested in the welfare of the animals or the humans.”

The iconic image of a puppy with a red bow under the Christmas tree is expected to be more prevalent than ever this year, thanks to the pandemic. But with the increased demand also comes more opportunity for ill-repute breeders and pet stores to take advantage of consumers.

“The holidays are always big money-making opportunities for puppy mills, pet stores and backyard breeders who aren’t interested in the welfare of the animals or the humans,” said Laura Henderson, executive director of Pasado’s Safe Haven, the Pacific Northwest’s leading animal sanctuary and rescue organization. “This year, they have more opportunity than ever to target vulnerable people who just want to feel some sense of normalcy during a really difficult time – people who have the best intentions but may end up in a bad situation. We are urging