After ‘Tiger King,’ Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Urge Congress to Protect Big Cats

After ‘Tiger King,’ Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Urge Congress to Protect Big Cats
The success of Netflix’s “Tiger King” has resulted in dozens of celebrities coming together to urge the U.S. government to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act. The proposed bill “prohibits the private ownership of big cats, direct public contact, and dangerous public interactions with big cats such as cub petting.” The Big Cat Public Safety Act had little traction when first introduced in 2019 but now has gotten a handful of celebrity endorsements in the wake of the popularity of “Tiger King.” Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Glenn Close, Justin Theroux, and more have joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund to sign an open letter to congress members urging them to pass the bill.

The letter was drafted by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” The non-fiction feature investigated the mistreatment of killer whales at Sea World and forced the theme park to make policy changes and update the conditions of its parks.
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