Long overdue but welcome that finally the US is getting serious about the private ownership of big cats. It wasn't that long ago I read that there are more tigers kept in captivity in the US than there are in the wild which is a truly depressing and sad fact. So much suffering for these magnificent animals that are so unsuitable for confined living. They belong in the wild. It seems incredible to me that laws have not been put in place banning the ownership of big cats long before now so I hope the bill being put forward in the Senate actually comes to fruition. It would mean that no one can own and keep big cats captive without special permits granted only to those who qualify for either educational purposes or can offer them a suitable environment to live in such as a wildlife park. The shocking statistics estimate that upwards of 10,000 big cats like tigers, lions and cougars are kept captive in the U.S. by private owners. The exact number is a mystery because few records are kept. It is inhumane cruel.