USA Tigers

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United Kingdom – The Guardian

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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.

 
 

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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

China tiger hunter

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China – South China Post Magazine

Trophy hunters like boastful William Lord Smith pushed the big cat towards extinction in China and Southeast Asia; greed and growth hastened its end.

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In early 1903, a 40-year-old big-game hunter, Dr William Lord Smith, who had stalked Kodiak bears in Alaska and shot lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos from the safety of a hot-air balloon in Africa, heard there were man-eating beasts roaming the hills of Fujian province. The American was immediately gripped by the prospect of bagging a

South China tiger.
 
Swarthy, moustachioed Smith set off, stopping in Japan and Manchuria before sailing down the China coast to the port of Amoy (now Xiamen). He rested a few days in the European enclave of Gulangyu Island, where between cleanings of his prized hunting rifles, he hit it off with a local tiger hunter named Taikoff, whom Smith tasked with assembling bearers, a cook and men who knew the villages and monasteries of the interior.
 
The deal was simple – 30 cents a day per man, an extra $5 any day a tiger was killed.

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Historical insight on what happened in the old days with tigers in China.

With trophy hunters starring in a bad movie.

#tiger #tigernews

Starving tiger

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United Kingdom – Mail Online

Starving tigers found covered in excrement in tiny cages in lorry during exhausting transfer from Italy to Russian circus are recovering in Polish zoo after dramatic rescue operation.

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Nine stranded tigers who were found emaciated and dehydrated after they were shipped from Italy are slowly recovering thanks to two Polish zoos.

The tigers endured a gruelling journey through Europe last month during which a tenth feline died.

The big cats were found starving and covered in their own excrement in cages while being transported to a circus in Russia. 

But seven are now eating and have received vitamins and mineral salts at one of the zoos in Poznan, western Poland.

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Thanks to the care of Polish zoo keepers 9 out of 10 in Belarus stranded tigers are doing a bit better.

Last week 10 tigers were found in an Italian truck, on its way to Russian Dagestan. The tigers were neglected all the way, without food, and were in a terrible state, most of them without the will to live (with one tiger that died).

Now they are doing better and will eventually, after they regain their strength, be transported to Spain, where they can live the rest of their lives in a special facility of St. Aap, a Dutch rescue center.

Now it is also time to seek the for the answers to important questions:

– why does Italy have tiger breeding centers?
– who is responsible for treating 10 endangered animals this way?
– who is going to pay for the costs for the recovery?
– where will the ones responsible be trialed?

We’ll keep you updated.

[see the photos and videos in the original article]

#tiger #tigernews

 

Stranded tigers

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Singapore – CNA

Poland charges two with animal abuse over 'nightmare' tiger trip.

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Polish prosecutors said on Monday (Nov 4) they have charged two Italian truck drivers with animal abuse after the men took 10 tigers on a gruelling journey through Europe that left one tiger dead and the others “emaciated” and “without the will to live”.

The trip is believed to have been organised by Russian citizen Vakhitov F., whom prosecutors charged with animal abuse last week after the truck got stuck for days on the border with Belarus after setting off from Italy on Oct 22.


Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/poland-charges-two-with-animal-abuse-over–nightmare–tiger-trip-12062940

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Two arrests have been made in what seems to be the worst case of animal disrespect ever.

Ten tigers were transported via trucks from Rome to Russia. The drivers neglected the tigers and at the border of Belarus it seemed that the paper work was not sufficient.

The tigers were transported to Polish zoos. One tiger didn’t survive the horror trip.

“The tigers were emaciated, dehydrated, with sunken eyes, excrement stuck to their fur, urine burns, in a total state of stress, without the will or desire to live … Maltreated, suffering and humiliated,” the zoo said.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger

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India – India Today

Maharashtra govt refused to pay our fees for eliminating T1 man eating tigress, says Hyderabad based shooter.

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A felicitation ceremony was organised at Savarkeda in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra on November 2 to commemorate one year of eliminating the man-eating tigress.

Villagers of 19 villages of Savarkeda tehsil got together and felicitated Nawab Shafaket Ali Khan and his son Asghar Ali Khan.

The father and son were also given a token of appreciation and an amount of Rs 21,000. The villagers thanked the father and son saying there hasn’t been any loss of human life since T1 was eliminated on November 2, 2018. A total of 13 villagers in Yavatmal district’s Pandharkevda division had lost their lives in the T1 Attack.

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A small consolation for tiger lovers that are still angry with the whole situation around the killing of Avni.

The killer of tigress Avni doesn’t get paid for killing her as there is no MoU (or a contract).

#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’.

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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.

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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

Tiger cubs pets

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USA – Humane Society

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

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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.

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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

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.

IUCN Cambodia tigers

Six tigers will be brought into Cambodia from India and released into the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province in 2022, while wildlife protection organisations have urged all stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of tiger conservation.

Provincial Department of Environment director Keo Sopheak told The Post on Monday that India had agreed to export six tigers and release them into the sanctuary to help restore the species to Cambodia.

According to Wildlife Alliance, the last record of a tiger in Cambodia was in November 2007 in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sopheak said: “From 2022 to 2023, if we think that the amount of food available for tigers has sufficiently increased, we will implement the plan and release them here.

Bridgeport tiger

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim announced that the city is pledging $2.5 million to be used for the construction of a new habitat for the Amur tigers at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

The city’s pledge is the latest input for the tiger habitat fundraising efforts, which kicked off last November with a $1 million pledge by philanthropist Pamela Kochiss Werth. At a ceremony announcing the city’s contribution, the zoo named Ganim an “Official Hero for Tiger Conservation.”

“This is the state’s only zoo,” said Ganim, adding that Connecticut residents “need to know what a great place this is for young people and, as P.T. Barnum said, children of all ages to come and enjoy. It’s a great opportunity to share wildlife and nature.”

Summit County Fair tiger

A tiger show at the Summit County Fair is generating controversy online, but the show operators said they stand by their practice of caging the tigers and prodding them with a stick.

Kinsey Switalski, a California woman originally from Stow, attended the Summit County Fair earlier this week, as is a yearly tradition for her and her friends. While there, she was shocked to see two white tigers being kept in cages, and posted to Facebook video of one of them being prodded with a stick.

“I am beyond disgusted with the fair’s decision to hold this horrible show featuring exotic animals (who seem to be miserable) being whipped and battered with sticks to do circus tricks,” Switalski said in the post, which has received over 1,300 shares and 600 comments. “I won’t be coming back next year, and I hope no one else does either.” Her video of the tiger being prodded has also been viewed over 66,000 times.

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.

Ice treats tigers

As a sweltering heat bore down on the Chicago area last week, Brookfield Zoo gave some of its residents what were essentially animal-sized versions of freeze pops to help them keep cool.

The biggest treats went to the zoo’s polar and grizzly bears, who received massive 300-pound blocks of ice filled with a variety of fruit. Animal care staff also provided icy treats to the zoo’s sloth bears, an Amur tiger and a rhinoceros.

Waste tiger

captured Malayan tiger

USA circus tiger

Tigers in the USA

Samutprakarn zoo

White tigers

Tiger bone ointments

All Things Wild tiger

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

Sariska TR tiger

Liger tiger

Loomis Bros tigers

Brahmapuri tigress

Mongla Tiger products

Mike the Tiger