Many San Antonio residents were shocked by recent reports of a tiger cub sighting at a Southwest Side house over the weekend, but animal rights activists say tigers held in captivity are actually common.
Even though captive tigers are a “serious threat,” the Humane Society of the United States said there are likely more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild across the world.
While it is unclear how many unregistered tigers are held captive in this state, there are 43 tigers on state records, according to data from the Department of State Health Services, which oversees ownership of exotic animals in Texas.
This is exactly the problem in the USA. In many states the possession of tigers was never registered because of poor laws or poor law enforcement.
This article was published in KSAT on February 10, 2021.