I'm sharing this from an email. There is a bill before Congress to put an end to animal abuse by traveling circuses and the like: After 146 years, Ringling's circus has finally gone out of business this week. Will other traveling circuses be far behind? With your help contacting your representative today, that may finally become a reality. A shocking video came out this week showing a tiger trainer beating a tiger 31 times in two minutes. He's worked with many popular traveling circuses that may have visited your area. To us, the welfare of animals beyond our gates is just as important as those inside our gates. Many lawmakers simply don't know how important animal welfare issues are to you. But one thing's for sure, these are bi-partisan issues that are bringing both parties together across the aisle. There's a bill before Congress now that will put an end to these tales of horror - The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Protection Safety Act (TEAPSA). If it passes, it will end life on the road for more than 200 big cats, bears, camels, and elephants still working as circus performers. Thirty-four other countries already have similar bans. Isn't it time the U.S. does, too? Please contact your Congressional representative HERE and simply say, "As your constituent and a citizen concerned with animal welfare, please support federal legislation to protect wild animals in circuses. VOTE FOR TEAPSA - The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection and Public Safety Act." Please take a moment to read 'Why All of America's Circus Animals Could Soon be Free' to understand how important your one phone call or email may be for so many. P.S. Ringling has refused to say where their animals are going, despite many requests. As soon as we know, we'll share that info with you. But wait, there's another bill that needs your support! It's hard to believe states require dog licenses but, when it comes to dangerous exotic animals - well, that's a whole other story! Yes, there are still states that have absolutely no laws addressing private ownership of dangerous wild animals, like big cats. In some states, your neighbor can go buy a cute, cuddly tiger, put it in a backyard cage with no license at all! This week, we're also happy to hear South Carolina (1 of 5 states with no laws) finally passed legislation regarding private possession of dangerous animals. But what's really needed is a federal law. The patchwork of all these different state laws, most very weak, is easy for abusers and exploiters to navigate. The Big Cats Public Safety Protection Act is before Congress now and will go far in protecting big cats throughout the US. Please lend the animals your voice. IFAW has made it easy to do. Simply CLICK HERE TO SIGN A LETTER of support to your Representative. It takes you a minute to do this. For the animals, it affects them for life. The Wildcat Sanctuary petitions USDA to end abusive interbreeding This past week, we and a coalition of U.S. conservation groups, filed a petition with the USDA to end the inhumane interbreeding of large felines. It's past time to outlaw the inbreeding and crossbreeding breeders force upon animals in order to create unusual and often unhealthy big cats. The abusive mating of tigers with lions, or big cats with their own close relatives, clashes with federal animal welfare laws. It increases the probability of painful and tragic health problems such as cancer, cleft palates, arthritis, depression, and shortened lives. White tigers are created through intentional inbreeding. The tiger pictured above, Kenny, is not an unusual outcome. Once considered rare, white tigers are considered commonplace now since the general public will pay top dollar to own one or see one perform. Sadly, when there's demand, there will always be suppliers - no matter the tragic price the animal pays. We've already rescued 5 white tigers and we know of more in need right now. Almost every sanctuary in the country has had to rescue these animals when they're no longer profitable for their breeders/exhibitors.