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Ligers and tigons: activists aim to outlaw 'inhumane' breeding of frankencats

USDA petition calls for an end to interbreeding of large felines, claiming the practice clashes with federal laws because of increased odds of health problems
Kenny, an inbred white tiger. Photograph: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

A coalition of US conservation groups has launched an attempt to outlaw the breeding of so-called frankencats, where big cats such as tigers and lions are crossed with each other to create unusual and often unhealthy specimens.

A petition filed with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday calls for an end to the “inhumane” interbreeding of large felines, claiming that the practice clashes with federal animal welfare laws because of the increased probability of resulting health problems such as cancer, cleft palates, arthritis and

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