Target: Dr. Courtney Blake, Director, Wildcat Sanctuary
Goal: Support the Wildcat Sanctuary’s efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of inbreeding in white tigers.
White tigers are animals that are often prized as “trophy” pets throughout the world, particularly in the United States (where they are kept illegally) and parts of Asia. The allure of the Royal Bengal White Tiger motivates many people to break the law in order to showcase such a rare species. The problem is, the white tiger is not a species at all. The gene that dictates whether a tiger be white and black (as opposed to orange and black) is an uncommon recessive gene. As a result, in order to pass it on to future generations, tigers within the same family are often forced to breed with one another in order to pass on the recessive gene. This means brother to sister, mother to son, and father to daughter. The consequences are devastating. Not only do tigers inherit the genes that give them white coloring, they also acquire birth defects that are passed on by recessive genes. Sign this petition to support the efforts of the Wildcat Sanctuary, an organization that is working to prevent inbreeding and birth defects among white tigers.
The white tiger pictured above is named Kenny, and he suffers from Down’s Syndrome. The effects of his inbreeding are evident and painful to see. He suffers from mental disabilities, as well as deformations in his facial structure. Yet, as long as white tigers continue to be inbred, we will continue to see birth defects like Kenny’s. Help raise awareness about the problems associated with white tigers by signing this petition.
Dear Dr. Blake,
Thank you for raising awareness about the inbreeding of white tigers. Wildcat Sanctuary has compelling information about this issue on its website, and has also rescued two white tigers from the illegal conditions that they were previously kept in. Often, creatures such as white tigers are revered and sought after. However, Wildcat Sanctuary effectively explains that as impressive as they are to see, the means used to reproduce them are inhumane.
Wildcats (and not only white tigers) are a frequently misunderstood type of animal; this is a problem that needs to change. Wildcat Sanctuary is taking effective steps towards educating the public. Your work is noble and admirable. It deserves to be supported so that animals will not have to endure the types of birth defects that inbred animals are plagued with. Force Change supports your cause.
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