Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
Goal: Permanently shut down zoo accused of neglecting and abusing its tigers.
An undercover investigation on Tiger Safari, a zoo in Oklahoma, has apparently revealed appalling, inhumane living conditions for the numerous tigers housed in the facility. The Humane Society of the United States says that the roadside zoo allowed the public to pet, feed, pose and play with the tiger cubs for a fee ranging from $50 to $1,000 per session. Although the cubs were overworked, thirsty, hungry or sick, they were allegedly forced to sit still for paying customers, according to the report.
Other acts of abuse and cruelty have been allegedly documented through video footage. Tiger cubs showed visible distress while being handled by employees, and the owners could be heard telling them “not to tell the USDA a [expletive] thing.” One cub’s diet was so lacking in nutrition that the facility’s veterinarian showed concern for the improper development of the cub’s leg bones. Many of the cubs, however, have never even been seen or treated by a veterinarian despite the clear need for one. Additionally, baby tigers are forcibly taken from their mothers immediately after birth and used for public photography sessions with paying visitors but are dumped like trash when they are no longer profitable. In order to milk the most profit from the tiger cubs, they are often starved so that they will take food from customers. In turn, adult tigers are being overbred.
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society, even stated, “Our investigations revealed never-before seen abuse, neglect, and the overbreeding that goes on behind the scenes […] We must put an end to this dangerous and cruel business.” Please sign this petition to close Tiger Safari Zoo.
Dear Mr. Shea,
Several investigations into Tiger Safari zoo have allegedly yielded shocking evidence of animal abuse and cruelty. Roadside zoos exploit animals for profit, and many of the animals forced into performing acts for the paying public are being neglected. The tiger cubs at Tiger Safari Zoo are purposefully starved and poorly handled; the owners were caught on camera acknowledging their negligence but refuse to publicly admit to them. One cub’s diet was proven to be insufficient enough to impair its development and, sadly, many other tigers in the zoo lack proper veterinarian care.
I am urging you to use the information gathered by the Humane Society and put an end to this horrible roadside zoo. Animals should not be abused for human entertainment. Save the innocent tiger cubs at this zoo from enduring further horrific neglect and abuse.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Willow Grove via Wikimedia Commons