Actor and philanthropist, Leonardo DiCaprio, has spoken out again over the dangers of privately owned large cats, and the animal cruelty it often leads to.
DiCaprio had been very vocal on this topic in October 2011, after the tragic killing of more than 50 escaped exotic animals from a backyard menagerie near Zanesville, OH, and is re-voicing his concerns again now.
Using twitter and facebook, the actor has warned about the Zanesville tragedy and how restrictions and bans need to be put into place in order to prevent this from happening again. ”Tigers, lions and cougars are kept as pets in the U.S. in alarming numbers…often leading to mistreatment and cruelty towards the animals themselves, but also diminishing big cat conservation around the world,” Leonardo posted on his facebook wall. He added, “Let’s prevent another Zanesville, Ohio tragic incident from happening again and take action to ban private ownership of big cats in the US.”
He also posted a link on twitter to a prepared letter to members of Congress, stating “Big cats like tigers & lions belong in the wild, not in people’s backyards & basements. Take action!” Well said, Leo!
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