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Wild Things: Stop Forcing Baby Tigers to Swim with Tourists

A zoo in Florida is charging visitors $200 to swim with a baby tiger for 30 minutes. When the tiger cub tries to get out of the pool, crying out, the handlers force it to stay in the water.

Sue started a Care2 petition demanding that the zoo stop this cruel practice immediately. Click here to sign Sue’s petition.

According to witnesses, many of the tiger cubs are too young to be separated from their mothers, making the babies fearful. PETA investigated and documented a caretaker at the establishment as they “lowered a young tiger into a pool by the tiger’s tail, pulled the tiger’s tail in order to restrain it while it was in the pool, and pulled the young tiger out of the pool by the tiger’s right front leg.”

These activities are cruel and ridiculous. The USDA has filed a complaint against the zoo for mistreatment of animals, but the Dade City, Florida zoo responded saying “we are going to keep doing it until the Supreme Court or God comes down and says stop doing it.”

These animals need to be with their mothers, not be exploited for monetary gain as a form of entertainment. Help us send a message to “Wild Things” zoo demanding they immediately stop selling tickets to swim with tiger cubs. If enough of us speak out, we can convince the owners that the public doesn’t want to see this kind of exploitation.

You can sign the Care2 petition here

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