Stop Using Captive Tigers for Selfies

Target: Khun Suan Phanomwattanakul, Founder of the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, Thailand

Goal: End the practice of keeping tigers for visitor selfies, and release the park’s tigers to a sanctuary.

A chained tiger is prodded in the face with a red-hot poker by a park employee while visitors pose with the tiger for a selfie, in footage captured at the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm in Thailand. It has caused worldwide outrage, and though the park says that the employee in question has since been removed, the helpless tiger is still there.

Tigers and other animals are often used for photo ops in Thailand. “Trainers” often poke, prod, or hit the animals in order to get the perfect picture, for which tourists—who either do not realize or do not care how the animals are being mistreated—pay large sums of money. No animal deserves to be exploited this way: prevented from living a full life for the sake of momentary gratification, narcissism, and profit. Sign below to demand that the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm stop using tigers for selfies and release them to sanctuaries.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Phanomwattanakul,

The video depicting the use of a red-hot poker on a chained tiger at your park has rightfully sparked outrage, and something must be done. Tigers should not be kept in captivity so that humans can take selfies with them. Even aside from mistreatment at the hands of “trainers,” these animals need and deserve lives of freedom, not chains and photo ops.

While the release of the employee from the park is an important step, it is not enough. The tiger remains constrained to a life of captivity, being forced to pose for selfies with visitors. This is unacceptable. I urge you to ensure that this wild animal is allowed to live in freedom in a sanctuary as he is entitled to, and no longer chained for photo ops.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Ruggles

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5 Comments

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop selfies!

  2. This is disgusting in every sense of the word! Let’s take s selfie with an abused animal!!!!! Why is this allowed to happen???? It’s f$&@$&@ gross.

  3. leave to Thailand or any asian country to come up with another animal cruelty idea these sick countries should be bombed

  4. Linda Cummings says:

    These are disgusting barbarians. They have set human evolution back a thousand years.

  5. Tell trip advisor, go to MILLION YEARS STONE PARK Facebook page. The world can stop this drugging and torture of these animals – NEVER VISIT THAILAND! Thailand’s government could care less about animal abuse.

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