December 22, 2021

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Quintana Roo, Mexico, is considering crucial legislation that would ban big-cat cub- and reptile-petting experiences, and we need your help to make sure this new article is approved.

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Quintana Roo, known for its white sandy beaches and tropical jungles, is a popular tourist destination. This state in the south of Mexico is setting a wonderful example of kindness and common sense for the rest of the world by leading the way for animals, enacting laws that protect them. Now it’s considering a crucial piece of legislation that would ban interactions with big-cat cubs and reptiles, and we need your help to make sure that this article is approved.

The Animal Welfare and Protection Act of Quintana Roo doesn’t include a ban on petting encounters with big-cat cubs or reptiles, which is bad news for animals and humans. The wild animals in the cub-petting industry are almost constantly confined to cramped cages when not being used for encounters. Mothers are forced to churn out cubs, who are typically torn away from them when they’re just days old. They often endure extreme temperatures and are denied everything that’s natural and important to them, just so that exhibitors can make a quick buck. Within mere weeks, cubs grow too large and dangerous for public contact and are typically relegated to barren cages at roadside zoos for the rest of their lives. Children and adults have been injured by tigers, primates, reptiles, and other animals during encounters.

After hearing from the local animal rights organization Animal Heroes, dozens of concerned tourists and local residents, and PETA Latino and our supporters, state representatives will be casting their vote for a reform of the Animal Welfare and Protection Act of Quintana Roo to include a ban on cub- and reptile-petting experiences.

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Please take action now and urge Quintana Roo legislators to support this ban.