Frannie Joseph tiger advocate

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Fort Bend Star

Caring For Critters : Sienna Plantation Student Inspiring Others As Animal Advocate.

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Fort Bend County resident Frannie Joseph is taking the lead for making the world a safer place for all animals. The 11-year-old is a friend and defender for not only the safe treatment of domesticated animals, but also for wild animals.

She’s organizing lemonade stands and fundraisers for animal advocacy and has her classmates at Sienna Crossing Elementary School, along with other schools across Texas, involved with the campaign.

“I feel if we don’t take care of animals, then who will?” Joseph said.

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Wonderul and inspiring news from the USA where 11-year old Frannie Joseph takes a stand for tigers.
 
She recently testified in front of a Texas Senate committee in support of a Humane Society of the United States-authored bill to prohibit private ownership of dwild animals.
 
Keep up the good work and keep inspiring all those ignorant adults, dear Frannie!
 
 

Montecore white tiger

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USA – USA Today

Siegfried & Roy Deny Trainer's Allegations That They Caused Horrific 2003 Tiger Attack.

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Siegfried & Roy are speaking out against their tiger handler’s allegations that Roy Horn was to blame for the infamous tiger attack that almost killed him in 2003.

Horn, 74, was mauled and dragged offstage by Montecore, a 400-pound Siberian tiger, during a live show on Oct. 3, 2003, ending Siegfried & Roy’s successful Las Vegas run.

Following the attack, Horn adamantly said the tiger “saved my life” by dragging him to safety after he suffered a stroke. But trainer Chris Lawrence told the Hollywood Reporter in March that Horn made an error onstage that almost cost him his life.

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Entertainers Siegfried & Roy abused tigers and other endangered animals to entertain people to make money.

In 2003 Roy was mauled by Montecore, a bred white tiger, which ended their career in Las Vegas.

Now the tiger handler, another abuser, comes out in the open, saying the mauling was not an accident but an attack because Roy didn’t follow procedures.

CNA tigers

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Singapore – Channel News Asia (CNA)

Commentary: Tigers Belong In The Wild, Not In Our Homes, The Streets Or Farms.

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Some things are not meant to go together, like peanut butter on pizza or papaya trees in Antarctica.

Last month, our screens brought us the sight of another strange combination: Two tigers walking down a road in Terengganu, Malaysia. Advertisement Advertisement On Jul 18, Terengganu Wildlife and National Parks Department caught one of the roaming tigers , who unfortunately died just days later due to a canine distemper virus. The whereabouts of the other remain unknown. Some have speculated that the tigers might have been pets, due to their seeming lack of instinctual predator behaviour in the village that they strolled through.

We don’t know for sure why the tigers were roaming the streets, but regardless, tigers are supposed to be treading forest trails, not walking along paved roads meant for tires and cars with racing stripes.

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Article to raise awareness on the situation of Malayan tigers with examples of recent incidents.

Mike Tyson

Even though professional athletes earn paychecks that most of us can’t comprehend, history is littered with stories of athletes who went broke because of outrageous, poorly planned or just plain stupid purchases. Check out these examples of professional athletes who spent their fortunes on purchases that were ill-advised, excessive or over the top.

Mike Tyson: Bengal Tigers

At one point, the world’s most feared boxer bought three of the world’s most feared cats. Mike Tyson’s three Royal Bengal tigers cost $70,000 each upfront, and required $4,000 a month to house and maintain. He eventually was forced to give the majestic predators away, but not before one knocked out Iron Mike’s gold tooth with a head butt, The Telegraph reported. However, these Bengal Tigers aren’t the only unusual purchases Tyson splurged his money on.

captured Malayan tiger

White tiger cub smuggled

Colchester zoo cub

Carson Spring tiger

Tigers in the USA

Samutprakarn zoo

White tigers

Robert Irwin

Tiger temple tiger

All Things Wild tiger

Russia tiger pet ban

Steve Sipek and tiger Bobo

Palm Beach County’s very own Tarzan, Steve Sipek, died in a North Florida hospital last week, a man who never outgrew the bitterness of losing his Loxahatchee wild animal oasis.

The Croatian-born Sipek first came to fame as the B-movie actor, Steve Hawkes, playing Tarzan in action movies shot around the world. Then, at the age of 63, he became locally infamous when one of his pets, a 600-pound tiger named Bobo, got outside the gates of his five-acre Loxahatchee compound in the summer of 2004.

After learning that the tiger had been killed Cheryl Churchill and her daughter Kassidi speak to friends of Steve Sipek and the media in front of Sipek’s home, July 13, 2004. While her daughter holds up picture of Churchill feeding one of Sipek’s tigers and sits with stuffed tiger in her lap named Bobo, Churchill explains how upset she is that the tiger is dead.

After learning that the tiger had been killed Cheryl Churchill and her daughter Kassidi speak to friends of Steve Sipek and the media in front of Sipek’s home, July 13, 2004. While her daughter holds up picture of Churchill feeding one of Sipek’s tigers and sits with stuffed tiger in her lap named Bobo, Churchill explains how upset she is that…

For 26 hours, the aerial and land manhunt for Bobo went on, captivating and terrorizing his neighbors, while Sipek begged the searchers not to harm his tiger. Sipek desperately wanted to be the person who found his pet. But instead, it was a frightened wildlife officer who fired five shots with an M-4 rifle, killing the tiger and sending Sipek into a spiral of grief.

Joe Exotic tiger cubs

Houston tiger

Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic was done. For the previous two decades, 55-year-old Joe had been the heart, soul, and ubiquitous public face of a massive private zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, an hour north of the Texas line. He had boasted of owning the largest tiger collection in America. His sixteen-acre park was lined with metal cages, each filled with majestic tigers, lions, bears, alligators, and even tiger-lion hybrids called tiligers.

His sun-leathered visage, horseshoe mustache, and blond mullet adorned signs all over the zoo and all along I-35 between Dallas and Oklahoma City. His image covered the side of a tour bus as well as packages of condoms for sale in the zoo’s eclectic gift shop. His face had been on CNN, BBC, and CBS This Morning, and he had drawn millions of views on his YouTube channels and website, which hosted his shows, Joe Exotic TV and Joe Gone Wild.

Most of Joe’s life—many of his best moments and many of his worst—could be traced back to that zoo. He had for years both worked and lived on the property. But by August 2018, his kingdom had all but turned to dust. The zoo’s new owner, a flashy exotic animal breeder named Jeff Lowe, had squeezed Joe out of the business two months earlier and was in the process of dismantling much of the zoo, piece by piece, before taking its animals to another facility.

Joe had his issues with Lowe, but he blamed his troubles mostly on someone else: Carole Baskin, the owner of a big-cat sanctuary in Tampa, Florida. To those outside the exotic animal industry, Baskin and Joe appeared to operate similar facilities. But their philosophies diverged sharply on nearly every animal rights issue, notably the ethics of breeding big cats and allowing visitors to pet cubs, both of which had been fundamental parts of Joe’s business. Today there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild, and breeding remains a major point of contention between conservationists and private zoo owners like Joe. Baskin was Joe’s most vocal and effective critic, and in 2013 she had won a $1 million civil suit against him. He became consumed with revenge and repeatedly vowed to bring Baskin down.

Bengal tiger and dog