How to Help
With so many amazing organizations aiming to conserve tigers, T4T does not lack in intiatives to support. We encourage you to do your own research on conservation and animal welfare issues, but here's a few things that we support and hope you will too!
Photo Courtesy of Tigerstamp.com
Save the Vanishing Species Stamp
On September 20, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the image of the Save the Vanishing Species Stamp, a beautiful Amur tiger cub with an amazing facial structure, designed by Nancy Stahl. The price of the stamp marginally exceeds the cost of first class postage. Proceeds made from the stamp are being used to benefit wild endangered animals around the world - including tigers, rhinos, gorillas, Asian and African elephants, and marine turtles.
This stamp has been a success so far resulting in over $2.5 million raised benefiting the Multinational Conservation Species Fund.
Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 3546)
The bill would effectively ban the private ownership of big cats. Exceptions include AZA accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries where they can be properly cared for and sheltered, and would only allow breeding at accredited zoos, along with some research or educational institutions. Current owners would be allowed to keep the cats they currently have provided they register their cats with USDA but they would not be allowed to acquire or breed more. This “grandfather” clause is necessary because there is no place for the animals to go if owners were forced to give them up, and the prospect of confiscation might create an incentive to kill animals and illegally sell their parts. Violators of the law could have their animals confiscated along with any vehicles or equipment used to aid in their activity, and could face stiff penalties including fines up to $20,000 and up to five years in jail.
Club and Coalition members visiting International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to gain support for the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
South Carolina Bill to Restrict Exotic Pet Ownership (H. 3531)
Letters written by members to their local Representatives and Senators.
South Carolina is one of only 5 states that have absolutely no restrictions on the ownership of big cats. It's our hope that the H. 3531 bill will finally change this. The bill will restrict the private ownership of big cats, great apes, and non-native bears. Only AZA accredited zoos, universities and research facilities holding a Class R registration under the Animal Welfare Act, persons who possess a valid United States Department of Agriculture Class A, B, or C license in good standing, and circuses that are incorporated and hold a Class C license under the Animal Welfare Act will be able to acquire these animals in the state of SC after Jan. 2018. All currently owned big cats, apes, and bears will be "grandfathered in" and can remain with their current owner until they pass away as long as the animal(s) is registered with a local animal control authority.
So far this bill has passed in the State House with 99 yeas and 5 nays. It was introduced to the Senate on 2/7/2017 and is currently under review.
Check out our T4T meetings every Thursday at 7:00 pm in Lehotsky 134 on Clemson's campus. Meetings are very laid-back, so don't worry if you can't make it to every one. Topics range from current issues to upcoming events. We'd love to see you!
T4T members at a weekly club meeting.