You probably wouldn’t be too thrilled if someone forced you to suffer through long, exhausting swims with strangers and their loud and obnoxious kids, would you? We didn’t think so, but this is exactly what’s happening to baby tiger cubs at Dade City’s Wild Things in Florida.
While Wild Things claims that the swims are for “training” purposes, the zoo pockets $200 per person for a 30-minute encounter.
Alarming video footage of these swims shows a cub named Tony repeatedly crying out in distress as a reporter stops the baby tiger from escaping the swimming pool. The terrified cub is ignored and later can be seen in the background trying to escape again, only to be pushed back in.
Even though Dade City’s Wild Things was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in September 2011 for violating a federal law that prohibits the handling of tiger cubs in a manner that causes unnecessary discomfort or stress, the company continues to exploit suffering baby tigers for profit.
Tell Dade City’s Wild Things to stop its unnatural, cruel swims with tiger cubs!
Send polite comments to:
Kathy Stearns, Owner
You can also send an e-mail via the zoo’s Web form: http://www.dadecityswildthings.com/. (Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Contact Us.”)
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