Punish Teen Accused of Smuggling Tiger Cub

Target: Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California

Goal: Punish teen accused of smuggling a Bengal tiger cub.

A California teen has been arrested in connection with the illegal purchase and smuggling of a rare Bengal tiger cub in Mexico. To import a wild animal from Mexico to the United States, one needs a permit and declaration from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both of which Valencia lacked.

This is unacceptable. The illegal exotic pet trade overall is cruel to the animals forced into it; many species of wildlife do not thrive outside their natural habitat, and travel is often very risky for animals as a whole. The tiger was rescued before anything dangerous could happen, but the teen’s alleged actions were still unethical.

Valencia is looking at up to 20 years in prison should he be convicted for his actions. Sign this petition to demand justice be served.


Dear Attorney General Becerra,

Luis Eudoro Valencia has been arrested for the illegal purchase and smuggling of a Bengal tiger cub in Mexico; he did not have the proper permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before he made his purchase. He is currently looking at 20 years in prison should be be convicted for these alleged actions.

The illegal pet trade is highly unethical, and Bengal tigers are already endangered due to various factors. Valencia did not have official permission to buy or import the animal, who was thankfully rescued before any danger could befall them.

You must ensure that Valencia faces justice for his reported actions. Wildlife is in desperate need of protection as of late, and part of that is punishing those whose thoughtlessness or cruelty will harm these innocent creatures.


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  1. Valencia should face felony charges, with prsion time. Smuggling of EXOTIC ANIMALS MUST STOP!

  2. The tiger was better off being bought by the teen and found by the border police than his possible siblings still for sale in Mexico. Get Mexican authorities to track down the seller and other tigers.

    • Amanda Miller says:

      Exactly! Why target the teen, and 20 years? That’s excessive. Why not target the real perpetrators, the people doing the most harm THE SELLERS?

      • Yes, and the buyers. The criminals in charge of running this racket. They despicably use naive and vulnerable teenagers to risk the border crossing – often threatening their lives or their family’s lives – while they themselves remain untouched.

  3. Its not a good idea to purchase a live tiger cub from these sellers who were involved in this form of a pet trade. That teen shold’ve chosen a fake tiger cub,–instead of a real tiger cub. If I were him, I rather choose a fake one instead of a real one.

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