Iggy Pop is asking Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to co-sponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act, a piece of legislation that would protect tigers and other big cat species.
The legislation aims to end the abuse of tigers and other big cat species by prohibiting private ownership, direct public contact, and dangerous interactions with big cats.
Iggy Pop was just one of many celebrities that signed a petition co-authored by Blackfish Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Other celebrities that signed the petition include Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Edie Falco, and Hilary Swank.
“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,” Pop said in a statement. “Co-sponsoring this commonsense bill will show the Senators’ commitment to the safety of Floridians and respect for exotic wildlife.”
The recent release of Netflix’s hit series Tiger King has helped boost support for the bill. The legislation now has support from over half of the House of Representatives as co-sponsors.
This past Monday, Carole Baskin and her Big Cat Rescue Corp. were granted control of the Oklahoma Zoo that used to belong to Joe Exotic.
The court found that Exotic’s fraudulently transferred the park to his mother and Jeff Lowe in order to avoid a $1 million settlement with Baskin and Big Cat Rescue.