Urge the U.S. Government to Ban Public Contact With Dangerous Animals

Target: The United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Enact a regulation to protect humans and animals from animal attacks

Many animal shows allow humans to have direct contact with their beasts.  According to PETA, in 2012, a brown bear fatally mauled a person at a Montana animal exhibition.  The U.S. government is now considering a regulation that would prohibit direct human contact with primates, big cats, and bears. This regulation would protect humans and animals from dangerous encounters.

Many people believe that the right to ownership of personal property is senior to any obligation to protect the public from naturally dangerous animals.  But over the last few years, dangerous animals have attacked countless people: these attacks ultimately result in the death of the animal and the person.

All over the country, people have died from animal attacks, including on attack in Oklahoma where a man died in front of several preschoolers.  Furthermore, many facilities that captivate such animals do not have proper education or facilities to protect the public.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates human contact with wild animals.  This agency can enact procedures that will hinder these dangerous encounters.  Further, the USDA will listen to constituents who support a law.  Sign the petition below to show your support for a regulation that will protect both humans and animals.

PETITION LETTER

Dear United States Department of Agriculture:

Many animal exhibitors allow humans to have direct contact with humans.  The U.S. government is considering a regulation that would prohibit direct human contact with primates, big cats, and bears. This regulation would protect humans and animals from dangerous encounters.

We urge your agency to enact a regulation that will protect both humans and animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Barbara Crank says:

    I strongly agree with this petition! I also believe that people should not be allowed to have theses animals in captivity, only professionals and not for public display.

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