Leonardo DiCaprio
by Crystal Wiltshire
Categories: Animals, Causes, People
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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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  • Tony Price

    I disagree with DiCaprio’s views on many things, but on this subject I agree unreservedly. I’ve read that there are more tigers in private collections in the state of Texas alone, than in the wild. It’s a national disgrace. There are some “freedoms” that need to be abolished, and keeping wild animals for amusement or financial gain is one of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allison-Fogle/1524829437 Allison Fogle

    totally agree with this. It also believe certain marine life belong in the wild not in an aquarium not even 1/16 the size of their natural habitat. all for shutting down all the sea worlds if it means all the orcas, dolphins, dolphins, and so on get to return to thier natural habitat to do what they werent meant to do hunt, live in pods and migrate

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allison-Fogle/1524829437 Allison Fogle

    meant dolphins, sharks and so on sorry for the repeat