Stop Drugging and Displaying Tiger Cub for Casino Profits

Tiger Cub : Willow Grove

Target: Russian Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky

Goal: Don’t allow endangered tiger cub to be repeatedly drugged and paraded around a casino.

A 5-month-old Siberian tigress was bought and transported 5,000 miles to be paraded around at the opening of a casino in Vladivostok, Russia. Serving the purpose of a live mascot for a new club, Tigre de Cristal, the baby tiger will live out her days in a nearby zoo and be “on call” for casino events. Worse, the animal was heavily sedated in order to be exhibited.

According to Sergei Aramilev of the Amur Tiger Centre, drugging the tigress was not only morally disgraceful and unethical but also incredibly dangerous because sedatives can be addictive and cause health concerns. The woman allegedly responsible for drugging the tigress, zoo director Ekaterina Zotova, said the medication was necessary “to prevent sickness and aggression from the loud music.” This statement clearly serves to prove that tigers do not belong in clubs.

Siberian tigers, also called Amur tigers, are an endangered species that only have 500 or so individuals left in the wild. Understandably, this needless abuse of an endangered baby animal has led to fervent protest from locals. However, this may not be enough. Sign this petition urging Russian officials to remove the tiger cub from the casino, and send the cub to an accredited sanctuary. The people involved in this mistreatment should also be charged with cruelty to animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Medinsky,

A casino named “Tigre de Cristal” in Vladivostok recently caused major public uproar by drugging and parading a 5-month-old Siberian tigress. The tiger cub was transported 7,800 kilometers, despite her young age, and was heavily sedated and exhibited as an object during the casino’s opening night.

According to Sergei Aramilev of the Amur Tiger Centre, drugging the tigress was not only morally disgraceful and unethical but also incredibly dangerous because sedatives can be addictive and cause health concerns. Siberian tigers are seriously endangered with only 500 of them remaining in the wild.

Anyone can tell that tigers don’t belong in clubs where loud music and flashing lights can cause fear and aggression. I urge you to ensure that this tigress cub is removed from its current owners — who have proven they are not capable of caring for her adequately — and sent to an accredited sanctuary. Furthermore, the people responsible for drugging the baby animal should be charged with animal cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Willow Grove

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4 Comments

  1. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  2. Wendy Morrison says:

    This is ANIMAL ABUSE and CRUELTY at its best! Quit drugging TIGER CUBS to drag them through casinos or anywhere else for that fact! ALL TIGER and their CUBS deserve to be running free without any person interfering with them at all! Stop this DRUGGING of TIGER CUBS immediately! !!!!!!! Whoever drugs an animal baby should be jailed for the rest of this person’s life.

  3. Cynthia Gannon says:

    There are some of us who actually care and protest at the obscenity of this kind of treatment to animals. And then there are the others. Shame on them.

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