Axelle Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIggy Pop is throwing his support behind the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
In a statement published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Godfather of Punk is asking Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to co-sponsor the bill, which aims to create federal regulations against the private ownership of tigers and other big cats, as well as prohibit certain public encounters with them, such as cub petting.
Along with Pop, celebrities including Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Edie Falco and Hilary Swank have signed a petition urging Congress to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which currently counts over half of the House of Representatives as co-sponsors.
The ALDF also notes that the recent Netflix docu-series Tiger King has invigorated support for the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
“The Big Cat Public Safety Act, which has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, is aimed at protecting big cats from abuse and neglect by prohibiting private possession of these wild animals, and banning risky public encounters with them,” says Pop.
He adds, “Co-sponsoring this commonsense bill will show the Senators’ commitment to the safety of Floridians and respect for exotic wildlife.”
For more info, you can visit ALDF.org/ProtectBigCats.
By Josh Johnson
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