After stepping out of her car at the drive-through animal park Beijing Badaling Safari World, a woman was pounced on and dragged away by a tiger and is now fighting for her life in the hospital. The woman’s mother, who was also in the car, got out and chased after the wild animal. During this attempt to save her daughter’s life, she was attacked by another tiger and tragically died.
The park, which also forces animals to perform in degrading circus-style shows, has been closed for an investigation.
This isn’t the first time that lives have been lost at this appalling facility as a result of imprisoning wild animals for the sake of entertainment. Just a few months earlier, the park’s senior manager was trampled to death by an elephant. Also, in 2014, an inspector was mauled to death by tigers after leaving his patrol car, and in 2009, a young man was killed by a tiger after climbing into an enclosure.
This list will continue to grow as long as tigers and other exotic animals are locked in cages and compounds for human amusement. Big cats are NOT cuddly kitties who can be used and abused for our entertainment—they’re wild animals, and captivity does not take away their instincts. Attacks on people by captive big cats—which occur surprisingly often—are the result of the stress, anxiety, and agitation that these animals experience every day of their lives.
Captivity is a living hell for wild animals and denies them the opportunity to do any of the activities that make them happy. Zoos and safari parks exist to make money, NOT to protect animals.
PETA and peta2 send our condolences to the woman’s family and hope this incident will make zoos around the world think twice about imprisoning big cats.