I'm guessing here, but I assume most Americans think it's harder to obtain and license a tiger than it is a rescue dog. Seems like common sense, right?
Yet the truth is that's not always the case. It all depends on where you live.
Since there are no federal laws or guidelines to address the ownership of dangerous and/or exotic animals, regulation is managed by a hodgepodge of local and state ordinances.
Below is a map of state laws from the American Humane Society, though South Carolina recently passed a ban. Still, those red areas aren't the only ones with animal registration problems.
Texas, which requires permits for certain species, has no registration to track the addresses of dangerous animals living in captivity.
“We have no database. We do not know where these animals are kept,” says Katie Jarl, the Texas state director of the Humane Society of the United States. "The truth is, we have absolutely no way to prove the scope of this problem because we do not know where these tigers are."
What's more disturbing is that, in addition to tigers, you can legally own lions, bears, cheetahs, hyenas, and gorillas in Texas.
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