As the public becomes increasingly aware of the sensitive and complex lives of animals, we are starting to see a momentous end to the abuse of exotic animals on our home soil, with Ringling Bros. Circus phasing out elephant acts and SeaWorld’s earnings plunging 84% last quarter. Now it is time for the Big 5 to follow suit. Increasingly threatened with extinction, each of the Big 5 are equal parts charismatic and keystone, fulfilling niches in their communities that support entire ecosystems, and deserving our utmost protection. LION stands with Senator Avella in protecting our name-sake, as well as elephants, rhinos, and leopards in New York State and abroad.