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Baby Tigers Exploited at Florida Zoo

Tiger Cub

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
Randy Stearns, President and Head Trainer
Dade City’s Wild Things
352-567-9453
mail@dadecitywildthings.com

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.”)

Submit a copy of your e-mail or let us know how your call went for 350 points!

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  • Profile photo of aqilzidan

    279 days ago

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    STOP STOP STOP

  • Profile photo of maddiemoo

    676 days ago

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    oh wait nvm they didnt shut it down i checked the website — those cruel people are still tormenting the poor baby tigers )': i’ll send an email right now to stop this cruelty. it should be illegal!!!

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    728 days ago

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    The cub would now grow up to hate the water or even people all because he was forced to do something he really didn’t want to do. Geez! I said it before and I’ll say it again, it is so selfish to use animals for our entertainment!

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    734 days ago

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    I got a response pretty quick… “We don’t allow loud and obnoxious people. It is a great time for them ck out video and know your facts not competitor ramblings”

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    801 days ago

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    I E-mailed them yesterday to let them know they should stop the swims with tiger cubs, and they messaged me back saying and I quote “Check out Utube they love it. Why do u think they hate it?”

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      768 days ago

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      I would have said to them when they replayed why do you think they like too be forced To swim? Yea and i bet they love that extra cash they bring in

  • Profile photo of luciferia

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    Omg! Poor babies!!! They want to go somewhere where they can run and run free from those stupid people!! My God I would’ve never tought zoologist can be like that?! Don’t they care bout animals?!! That’s why they’re there?!! WTH!!! Why do colleges offer a major In zoology! Wtf!

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    844 days ago

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    These poor tigers they should have not done that at all the tigers barely know how to swim and people should not be with the tigers incase the tiger might bite the person.

  • Profile photo of MirandaLABELLE

    852 days ago

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    I LIVE RIGHT NEXT TO THIS???!!! How did I not know what was happening??? *Sigh* Time to pick up the picketing signs again.

  • Profile photo of maddyaxstevens

    867 days ago

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    Oh my god…I almost started crying in the first 30 seconds of the video…Did you see the woman who picked the tiger up by the arm and just swung it back in the water?!?! Make her swim around with nasty people all day and treated like shit like that and see how she likes it!

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    905 days ago

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    OMG! did anyone notice the blonde haired woman in the back towards the end of the video? She was picking the poor cub up like a rag doll! Horrid!

  • Profile photo of sunshiningimsmiling910

    912 days ago

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    Oh God. I cried watching that video…thank goodness for PETA! Trying to teach people better.

  • Profile photo of RenaeBrown

    922 days ago

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    these poor cubs! why would you make babies swim with strangers? would you enjoy the swims if you were the baby tiger in the situation? this is sickening.

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    930 days ago

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    poor baby tony :( he wanted to get away from the human

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    931 days ago

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    This is terrible!!!!!!!!!!

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    932 days ago

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    This is just the saddest thing ever… I don’t even know what else to say….

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    941 days ago

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    I emailed,

    Hello,
    My name is autumn. I have recently seen the videos of your poor tigers.. Specifically one named tony. This is cruel and unjust. For the sake of yourself and the poor tigers please put this to an end. Let them live happily like any animal deserves, thankyou.
    Sincerely,
    An unhappy person

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    945 days ago

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    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW poor tiger cub

  • 946 days ago

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    BIG SHAME ON YOU Dade City’s Wild Things ! specially on the owner Kathy Stearns whom allows all this unnatural activity for those wild animals! humans should not make it a joke and get money out of it! this is animals and they are living beings, we must protect them and respect their way of living!

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      895 days ago

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      Mashka, I recently sent a long e-mail to Dade City Zoo and I hope they understand that cats dont like water and are meant to live free in the wild.

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    948 days ago

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    that poor baby! he looks so sad, you can just see it in his eyes… that’s so wrong. they don’t even care /:

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    951 days ago

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    I emailed this Dear people of Dade City’s Wild Things,

    I read about the brutal swims that tigers need to perform for $200. I urge you to stop this completely. You are committing a crime in case you were unaware. Peta has recently posted this on facebook and people will only continue to spread the word until you get financially punished BIG time. Please stop the whole swimming of tigers, it is unnecessary and mean. Cat animals do not enjoy water anyway.

    Kind Regards,

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      950 days ago

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      Thanks for contacting officials about Dade City’s Wild Things! To get points for this, be sure to click “Get Points” above. :)

  • 954 days ago

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    The practice of baby tigers swimming to the point of exhaustion in inexcusable by anyone! How heartless are you people? As far as “training” goes a baby tiger gets their training from their mothers and no one should interfere with that.
    At the expense of their well being so you can bring in more revenue, again I say HOW HEARTLESS ARE YOU??

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    954 days ago

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    OMG!!!!i’m literally crying just from a video that was obviously trying to be upbeat and positive!nothing and I mean NOTHING about this video let alone what they are doing is positive.Do you not hear the cub?!Look at it’s mother!Nothing and I mean NOTHING was alright about this video!!So what if they’ve been kept in captivity their whole lives, the least they could do is just let them be!let them be as happy as they can in captivity and don’t force them to do something they don’t want!

  • 955 days ago

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    CATS DO NOT LIKE WATER! HOW DARE YOU ABUSE A BABY TIGER! What is wrong with this person who exploits and endangers animals for the mighty dollar! How dare you! PLEASE, SOMEONE, CLOSE THIS FACILITY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 955 days ago

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    This is sick, cruel, and just down rite sad :(

  • 955 days ago

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    This is truly sad, wish people use their brains to be smarter instead of being stupid, thoughtless and heartless …, the wild animals belong to the wild, not to for entertainment purposes …, will send an email to the owner …, Thank you,