Local wildlife sanctuary fights big cat bill

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Lawmakers are considering a bill that will make it illegal for people to own exotic cats.
  • Officials at a local wildlife sanctuary said it would be bad for some cats.
  • They said most people should not own big cats, but some big cats benefit from private ownership at sanctuaries.

Lawmakers are proposing changes that could force Oklahoma wildlife sanctuaries to shut down.

Workers at an exotic sanctuary in Broken Arrow said they are fighting the act that would end the ownership of exotic cats.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act was introduced into the US Senate this week.

The act would bring an end to the private ownership of exotic cats.

Officials from Safari’s Sanctuary said while most people should not own exotic pets, senators should reword the act to make it more of a responsible owners act.