Captive US Tigers

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USA – National Geographic

Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It's a problem.


Their squawks echoed from inside the neat, ranch-style home, sounding more like parrots than tiger cubs. Then James Garretson carried Hulk into the living room, where the McCabe family waited on the couch. The kids giggled as he placed the squirming cub on nine-year-old Ariel’s lap and pushed a baby bottle into its mouth. “Hold the bottle, just like that. You got it?” She nodded.

Everyone beamed, fondling Hulk’s rough, striped fur as Garretson hovered nearby. The 12-week-old, cocker spaniel-size cat clutched the bottle in his oversize paws, sucking with wild enthusiasm. When the bottle was empty, the cub wandered onto the coffee table and swatted our photo gear.

Garretson lured him back with another bottle to give Ariel’s five-year-old brother, James, a turn. Then the rambunctious cub leaped off the sofa, grabbed me from behind, gripped my legs with surprising strength, and tore five-inch scratches into my thighs. He sank his claws in and held on. Garretson peeled him off, and all made light of it with nervous laughs. Playful. Just acting like a kitten.



Next to China and Thailand the United States of America is displaying an absolute disrespect to tigers, an endangered animal.

This excellent article not only gives an insight of how tigers are abused but also how the black market is growing and growing, even with trade lines to Thailand and China.

#tiger #tigernews

USA Tigers

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United Kingdom – The Guardian



There are more tigers in American gardens than there are left in the wild. Alex Hannaford meets the owners who live cheek by jowl with their pets, and also those ensuring the big cats are treated without cruelty.

t was the sort of headline impossible to scroll past: “Pot Smokers Find Caged Tiger in Abandoned Houston House, Weren’t Hallucinating: Police.” Last February, a group of people had snuck into a deserted house in Texas’s largest city to smoke marijuana when they stumbled upon a full-grown tiger in a cage – a cage secured by just a nylon strap and a screwdriver.

Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police Department’s animal cruelty unit, later told a local TV station: “It wasn’t the effects of the drugs. There was an actual tiger!” The animal was given a name, Loki, and sent to an animal sanctuary in the country, run by the Humane Society of the United States. You’d be forgiven for thinking Loki’s experience was an isolated incident – it isn’t.



USA is one of three countries of the axis of tiger evil. After China and Thailand, the US shows us time and time again how tigers and other big cats are being abused.

If President Donald Trump would have balls, he would create better circumstances for tigers (and other captive animals) in the USA.

Just to make America great again.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Mike Tyson

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United Kingdom – The Sun

CAT OFF Mike Tyson claims he had to sell his pet Bengal tiger Kenya after 16 years as it ‘ripped somebody’s arm off’.


Tyson told USA Today that he decided to buy a tiger while in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992 and sent to prison for six years.

He was talking to his car dealer at the time, but decided to swap a luxury vehicle for a luxury animal.

Tyson, who now runs a cannabis farm, had his tiger for 16 years before he was forced to give up the big cat.

And in an interview with GQ Sports, the 53-year-old has revealed why.

He explained: “I did have a pet tiger, her name was Kenya and she was around 550 pounds.

Read the original article here.


Mike Tyson, former heavy weight boxing champion had a tiger as a pet for 16 years. Not only that is stupidity, but to ‘remove’ her when she needed care the most, was undoubtedly even more stupid.

#tiger #tigernews

Canadian tiger pets

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Canada – News Optimist

3,600 lions and tigers being kept as pets in Canada.


Wild cats are fascinating creatures, from afar. But according to a new survey, more than 3,600 lions and tigers are estimated to be kept as pets in Canada. In fact, 1.4 million exotic pets are estimated to exist in the country including Burmese pythons and African grey parrots.

These new data show a harsh reality for exotic animals facing a life in captivity. And it’s all legal. For example, if you’re in Ontario, your neighbour could have a tiger and you may not even know it.


A survey of World Animal Protection in Canada shows that Canadian citizens have 3,600 tigers and lions as pets.

It is time to change this Canada!

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger cubs pets

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USA – Humane Society

Senator introduces bills to restrict private possession of big cats, primates.


Ten years ago, Americans were stunned by a pet chimpanzee’s vicious attack on a Connecticut woman, Charla Nash. The animal bit off Nash’s fingers and toes, tore off most of her face, and left her fighting for her life. The chimpanzee, Travis, was shot and killed by a police officer concerned for his own life. Two years after that incident, we were shocked once again by a report from Zanesville, Ohio, where a mentally disturbed man released his private menagerie of 50 tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves and primates before committing suicide. In the ensuing chaos, law enforcement officials were forced to kill most of the animals.


Please share with US citizens that love animals.

A US Senator has finally introduced a long-awaited bill.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act, S. 2561 and H.R. 1380, would prohibit public contact with captive tigers, lions and other big cat species, and it would prohibit the possession of big cats by individuals and roadside zoos and other businesses unless they are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill would not impact professionally run zoos and sanctuaries or their conservation programs.

If you live in the US please contact your senators or representatives in Congress to vote in favor of this bill.

It is needed!

#tiger #tigernews

Ming the tiger

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USA – MSN News

Ming, Tiger Famously Found In NYC Apartment In 2003, Dies At Animal Sanctuary.


The tiger who earned his stripes in New York City folklore has died.

Ming the tiger gained fame when he was discovered living inside Harlem’s Drew Hamilton Houses in 2003.

Ming had injured his owner, tipping authorities off to his unusual living arrangements.

The giant cat was removed from his Big Apple apartment and spent the last 15 years at an animal sanctuary in Ohio.



15 years ago Ming, a grown up tiger, was held as a pet in a tiny apartment in Harlem, New York.

New York is now one of the states in the USA that prohibits tigers as pets.

15 years ago Ming injured his owner and was brought to a sanctuary in Ohio, where he died of natural causes.

This already happened in February but news about it was just released.

#tiger #tigernews

Drugs tiger

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United Kingdom – The Mirror

Rare Albino Tiger Kept As Trophy Pet By Drug Runners At Luxury Spanish Villa.


A couple who bragged about owning one of only 20 albino tigers in the world as a caged pet have been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Spanish police found the endangered animal in a house in the city of Alicante, in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia, with the animal living next to a swimming pool in a cage.


Drug traffickers keep white tiger as pet. It confirms that tigers are the favorite pets of organized crime.

The tiger has not been seized yet. Action has been prompted.

#tiger #tigernews

UAE saved tiger cubs

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United Arab Emirates – Dubai Week

Lion And Tiger Cubs Rescued From Sharjah.


Animal protection officers seized a white lion cub and two tiger cubs that were being illegally sold in the UAE.

Officers from the Environment and Protected Areas Authority raided a house in Sharjah after a tip-off.

Two monkeys were also discovered in the raid.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chair of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority, explained that the process of confiscating dangerous and predatory animals could take two to three months, as some of the complaints that arrived were malicious.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a well-known offender of wildlife rights. Lots of rich people own tigers or lions and keep them as pets.

Fortunately the UAE Cabinet introduced a law in March 2019 to prevent dangerous or exotic animals as being pets.

Now the UAE steps up and confiscated at a house in Sharjah.

Of course the police needs to do and can do so much more but it is a first step.

#tiger #tigernews

Frannie Joseph tiger advocate

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Fort Bend Star

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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