Target: General public
Goal: Never visit or support facilities that keep tigers captive for profit, as these animals are often starved, beaten and otherwise abused.
Countless tigers are caged and mistreated by attractions offering them for selfies and entertainment to unsuspecting tourists. Experts are using International Tiger Day to remind travelers to steer clear of abusive facilities that exploit tigers for profit. While the infamously cruel tiger temple in Thailand has finally been closed after the discovery of 40 dead tiger cubs kept in a freezer and much public pressure, many more equally abusive facilities continue to operate around the country and elsewhere.
A World Animal Protection Group report found that people who visit tiger tourism sites are inevitably supporting animal abuse. Tiger cubs are separated from their mothers just two or three weeks after birth and are given to tourists to be viewed and mishandled as though they were playthings. This can lead to injury and extreme stress. Some sites starve or physically punish tigers to force them into submission, and in most places tigers are kept in cages far too small for them.
Sign this petition pledging never to visit an attraction that keeps abused tigers captive for profit and put pressure on Thailand to shut down all such facilities once and for all.
Dear Prime Minister Chan-o-cha,
The highly mediatized and disturbing events that took place at Thailand’s tiger temple exposed the abuse and cruelty these majestic animals suffer in countless similar facilities across the country. Tourist attractions all over Thailand exploit and mistreat tigers.
A report by World Animal Protection Group found that captive tigers are starved and beaten into submission, as well as kept in tiny cages far too small for them. Tiger cubs are torn from their mothers at just two weeks old to be manhandled by clueless tourists and used as selfie props, often causing them injury and stress.
I pledge not to visit Thailand until all facilities that keep tigers captive for profit are shut down for good and all tigers released to suitable sanctuaries where they may recover from the abuse they endured.
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Photo credit: Nick Hubbard