Telluride Tiger Fundraisers

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USA – Telluride Daily planet

Fundraiser Fridays Club to the rescue.

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Great change starts with an idea. That’s exactly what Telluride Intermediate School fourth-grader Mikayla Ialeggio had in music class one day, which led to the creation of the Fundraiser Fridays Club — a group of students that aim to save endangered animals around the world through the World Wildlife Foundation.

“We were in music one day learning about slaves, and I just had an idea of how bad it was for them,” she said. “Then I thought about all the animals that are going extinct.”

Commentary

Wonderful initiative of American schoolkids in Telluride, a small town in Colorado.

With Fundraiser Friday Club diners they raise money for a.o. Vampire Bats and Amur tigers.

Their idea of having a tiger at school can be considered as an error of youth.

#tiger #tigernews

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.

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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.

 

Commentary

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

Tiger prairie

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USA – Chron

Katy students promote benefits of Tiger Prairie.

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The Tiger Prairie might be considered the living legacy of a group of Katy High School students and teachers who are seeding and weeding the one acre to make it a suitable home for deep-rooted prairie plants that mitigate flooding.

Rhonda Burrough, KHS environmental teacher, started the prairie project in 2018 with Kelly Knight, an environmental science teacher, and Susan Barker, an instructional coach-science, and partnerships with nonprofits and businesses to provide hands-on learning for students.

Gathered Nov. 12 around a conference room table, about a dozen students and educators talk of how tests have shown prairie plants increase infiltration rates and can mitigate flooding in areas. Visit http://www.tigerprairie.org/ for more information.

Still a work in progress, the Tiger Prairie still sometimes draws less-than-positive comments on social media.

But Jason Ramirez, a Katy High School junior, said “Then again what’s worse than prairie plants is a flooded city. They might look at that and say we don’t like it but we spread awareness of positivity and good effects of it.

Commentary

Flooding becomes a problem in some parts of the USA. To prevent floodings students from Katy High School are seeding and weeding one acre to make it a suitable home for deep-rooted prairie plants that mitigate flooding.

The Tiger Prairie Initiative at Katy High School is only one of four projects in Texas to win an award from the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

That $4,000 award helps to fund infiltration rings that measure infiltration rates of soil at research sites and a time-lapse photography sign with a bracket from which students and the community can take photos to document changes over time in the Tiger Prairie.

Of course, they called it a ‘Tiger Prairie’.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger in New Jersey

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USA – The Philadelphia Inquirer

A New Jersey man’s attempt to buy a $6,800 tiger-skin rug for a ‘safari room’ landed him in prison for six hours.

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Loren Varga loves tigers.

He loves them so much, he coveted the pelt of a dead one to decorate the floor of his home.

And on Wednesday, that years-long fixation landed the 61-year-old New Jersey man behind bars for six hours.

A federal judge sentenced Varga — a world traveler, antiques collector, and radiological technician at Merck and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital — to one day in prison and two years’ probation. It was the culmination of an embarrassing year that saw him caught in a sting operation trying to illegally purchase a $6,800 tiger-skin rug and then pleading guilty to his crimes.

Commentary

The USA makes itself ridiculous again when it comes to tigers.

A man in New Jersey that bought a skin of a dead tiger, was arrested for it only got six hours of prison time.

The judge knew that the man knew it was illegal but she refused to do her work properly.

The judge said her main concern was deterring poachers and purchasers like Varga.

Six hours.

Unbelievable…

#tiger #tigernews

 

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.

 
 

Commentary

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’.

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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.

Commentary

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

Bala tiger

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USA -Tampa Bay Times

Tiger dies at Busch Gardens after altercation with her brother.

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Busch Gardens on Tuesday announced the death of Bala, a 13-year old Bengal tiger who “incurred a major injury from an atypical interaction with her brother,” according to the park.

“Her wounds were too great and she was humanely euthanized,” a park statement said. “A full necropsy is underway and the team will know more about her passing once test results have been received.”

Commentary

US Busch Gardens zoo failed to create a safe environment for a tiger, that got into a zoo-typical fight with another tiger, this time her brother.

The result: severe wounds.

The zoo decided to euthanize her, in a state where euthanisation of humans is forbidden.

#tiger #tigernews

Tigers Rolling Hills zoo

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USA – KSAL.com

Tiger Cubs Venturing Outside.

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The Rolling Hills Zoo tiger cubs are venturing out into the big world of their outdoor habitat.

According to the zoo, the three cubs will be going out today and in the days ahead to explore their outdoor habitat. Since this is new territory for both mom and cubs, they will continue to be on “tiger time” and their explorations outdoors will be for limited amounts of time that can’t be predicted and will be determined by the weather, their mother and her comfort level of having them outside, and how the cubs are doing on any particular day.

Commentary

The Rolling Hills zoo has produced 3 more tigers to exploit. One step in the cub-exploitation process is to show them to the public.

Zoos are dealing with decreasing numbers of visitors and tigers are magnets for visitors. Tiger cubs are even better magnets. This is why many zoos want to have tiger cubs and why they are being exploited to the fullest.

The well-being of the cubs is often neglected.

#tiger #tigernews

Schleich tiger

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USA – Blooloop.com

Schleich announces retailtainment experiences and more on Toys ‘R’ Us Adventure.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Adventure, opening soon in Chicago and Atlanta, will be a “toy-filled playland” with sensory experiences, games, and interactive play rooms.

Schleich’s offerings at the attraction include a jungle-themed experience, the chance to escape from a T-Rex, and a ride in the Jungle Explorer vehicle.

The toy figurine manufacturer is also opening an immersive retail environment at the FAO Schwarz flagship store in New York City, and launching an enhanced e-commerce platform.

Commentary

Schleich is a big online toy store that also sells within offline toy stores.

Animals always do well with children and so they use the animal of all animals a lot to engage children more with their products.

Schleigh now announces retailtainment experiences and more on Toys ‘R’ Us Adventure, getting more and more jungle experiences

#tiger #tigernews

TIGERS recognition

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USA – Alamosa News

T.I.G.E.R.S earn recognition.

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The School to Work Alliance Program, Blue Peaks Developmental Services, the Work Force Center, the Training Advantage Program and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, recognized three San Luis Valley programs and businesses employing persons with disabilities.

Each were presented with a plaque recognizing their efforts.

Commentary

Another initiative that is really doing good things is using the name of the tiger.

Not a word about the tiger itself, nor the fact that the tiger is an endangered animal – threatened with extinction.

#tiger #tigernews

Topeka tiger zoo cub

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USA – WIBW

Topeka tiger cubs turns one year old.

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The Topeka’s Sumatran tiger cubs turn one year old this weekend. The extremely rare cubs birthday is a very special occasion for the zoo.

Activities began this morning at the zoo and ended with a behind the scenes tour of the tiger building.

The community had the chance to step up close and see how they live outside the zoo.

Commentary

Zoos use a protocol to get the most publicity (=visitors) out of tiger cubs.

It starts with the pregnancy of the mother, than the labour, followed by the birth. After the birth the medical check-up is news, just like the moment they can decide the sexe. After 3 months it’s a new moment to tell the crowd they are doing fine and then after one year is the last moment to use the cubs as a magnet for visitors.

All these moments are used for press releases, invites for (local) journalists and special activities.

After one year the cubs are almost grown and not (extra) interesting anymore.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Blue Goes Green

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USA – The Daily Helmsman

“Tiger Blue Goes Green” tents up the environment at the festival.

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The University of Memphis student plaza resembled a Tiger Lane football tailgate Tuesday afternoon as students flocked to party tents to enjoy autumn temperatures at the annual Tiger Blue Goes Green festival.

The Physical Plant Departments Office of Sustainability’s outdoor expo provided students ample refreshments and lunch options, while vendors from on and off-campus gave a range of educational presentations on environmental sustainability and conservation.

Sustainability manager Ameilia Mahayi coordinated the event and said her office hoped it would be an exciting, effective way to educate students about not only where their green fee tuition money is going, but also how to take advantage of the eco-friendly services available to them on campus.

“There’s Tiger Garden, Tiger Bike, Memphis Law and so many more,” Mahayi said.

Commentary

A ‘Tiger Lane’, ‘Tiger Blue Goes Green festival’, ‘Tiger Bike’ and ‘Tiger Garden’….

All activities by the University of Memphis to focus on clean water – not a word about the endangered situation of tigers.

This is only one example of how the ‘tiger’ brand is being exploited for other means than tiger conservation.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger women

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USA – Forbes

How Women In Business Can Avoid Tiger Traps.

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A tiger trap is just what it sounds like: an effective way to strip a very powerful being of its strength and mobility. The fiercest of you out there — with your confidence, in your tiger stripes, going about your workday — probably encounter very real tiger traps that are designed to reduce your visibility and defuse your power.

It’s a vast overstatement to claim that awareness is enough to dissolve gender inequality in the workplace. But if you’re a woman, whether new to the workforce or a 40-year veteran of these challenges, you may find (as I did) that not only is awareness a great place to start, but awareness of the challenges can be contagious. Here are five of the most common tiger traps for women in the workplace, along with tips for sidestepping them.

Commentary

Article that compares women with tigers. The intention of the writer is logical – tigers are known as fierce creatures – but in reality the comparison is not applicable.

– tigers and tigresses have other ways of living together than people.
– tigers don’t accept each other as equal. There is no gender equality whatsoever.
– people that think they are a tiger should think again: they are endangered, hunted down and they are always lazy, unless they want food.
– tigers can’t think 5-10 years ahead as they have to survive, every day again.

Women are fabulous creatures too. But let them be women, not tigers.

#tiger #tigernews

Airbnb

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USA – Peta

Big News! Airbnb Experiences Ban SeaWorld, Elephant Rides, Tiger Cub Petting, More.

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After working with PETA, international hospitality company Airbnb announced the launch of new policy guidelines governing its Animal Experiences, which ban direct-contact activities that abuse and exploit wild animals!

Airbnb Experiences are bookable tours and activities, designed and led by local experts. While Airbnb has excluded elephant rides from its tourism experiences for some time now, the new policy prohibits other encounters that cause animals harm, such as swimming with dolphins and photo ops with tiger cubs.

Commentary

Peta has worked together with Airbnb to make new guidelines.

These guidelines mean that Airbnb will ban direct-contact activities that abuse and exploit wild animals!

Another big step!

#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

Ming the tiger

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USA – MSN News

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

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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.

 

Commentary

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

Toma Amur tiger

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USA – New York Business Journal

Toma, The Tiger, Dies At Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

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Toma, a male Amur tiger at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, has died at age 18, the zoo announced Tuesday in a Facebook post.

Toma was the oldest living male Amur tiger in human care and had previously survived cancer treatment, the Syracuse zoo said.

Commentary

Toma was the oldest Amur tiger in captivity in the world and was euthanized on orders of the management of the zoo in New York (USA), a state where euthanising humans is not allowed.

Zoos see tigers as moneymakers. They attract more people than any other animal. Most of the times the management of zoos makes their audience believe that tigers are in zoos because of a ‘survival” plan, which is highly questionable as there are better ways for tigers to create this.

Ted Fox, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo director, said the zoo will acquire another pair of Amur tigers and continue to participate in the species survival plan in the future.

What he really means is that they need another tiger to attract people to the zoo again.

#tiger #tigernews

Uniroyal tiger

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USA – Yahoo Finance

Uniroyal Tires Renews Support for World Wildlife Fund Program to Double Wild Tiger Population.

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Uniroyal® Tires is renewing its support of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF®) campaign to increase the number of wild tigers. The brand that offers the iconic UNIROYAL® Tiger Paw® tire line is launching its second month-long campaign to support Tx2 – an ambitious tiger conservation target set by 13 tiger-range countries to double the number of wild tigers by 2022.

Commentary

Brands use iconic species like tigers for their marketing or branding, knowing it will sell more.

Each company should pay 1% of all annual turnover for using the iconic animal – as if they pay brand rights.

Incidentally big companies that use iconic animals pay a small amount. The well-known conservation organisations -like WWF- are profiting from this.

Regardless of the fact that the amounts paid are often too low this situation calls for a change.

In this case WWF collects all the money and nobody knows what they do with it. The amount disappears in the deep pockets and WWF never tells how it is spend exactly.

We call for an independent fund that collect all the money coming from rights, paid by companies that use iconic animals in marketing and brands.

This transparent fund will see to it that all money will be invested wisely in tiger conservation programs, without attributing to overhead costs, high wages or other spillage.

#tiger #tigernews

Detroit zoo tiger

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USA – C&G Newspapers

Expanded Tiger Habitat Opens At Detroit Zoo.

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On Sept. 13, the Detroit Zoo hosted “opening day” for its Amur tigers and publicly unveiled the new Devereaux Tiger Forest habitat, which houses 2-year-old brothers Nikolai and Aleksei, and 16-year-old female Kisa.

The brothers were born at the Columbus Zoo; Kisa was born at the Detroit Zoo.

The new $3.5 million, 1-acre habitat, which is four times larger than and incorporates the old habitat, is located in the zoo’s Asian Forest and reflects the tigers’ native landscape of eastern Russia, with elevated vantage points, open spaces, wooded areas, pools, a waterfall and a cave.

Commentary

Despite the beautiful words and the references to conservation of tigers in the world this Detroit zoo has invested US$ 3.5 million into a cage for tigers. A luxury one.

But nothing into the conservation of tigers in the wild. That’s the priority of this Detroit zoo.

#tiger #tigernews

Siegfried & Roy tiger

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USA – MSN

Who's to blame? Siegfried & Roy address new claims over infamous tiger attack in exclusive 20/20 trailer.

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It’s been almost 16 years since performer Roy Horn of the famous duo Siegfried & Roy was attacked on stage and nearly killed by a tiger during their Las Vegas magic show, on Oct. 3, 2003.

Now, for the first time in over a decade, Siegfried Fischbacher and Horn are sitting down together for an emotional primetime interview, to tell their version of events from that night.

Commentary

It took 16 years to come up with a plausible story about why the tiger attacked Roy Horn of famous duo Siegfried & Roy in a Las Vegas show.

In the end it is just pointing fingers without blaming the tiger. But the tiger just did what a tiger does: being inpredictable.

Especially when they are in captivity.

#tiger #tigernews

USA tiger circus

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USA – Times Record

Arkansas Animal Advocates Upset About Tiger Show At State Fair.

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Fort Smith residents are in an uproar about a traveling tiger show taking place at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair.

Nerger’s Tiger Show, touted as the largest group of performing tigers, is a midway act.

A 2017 article from 911 Animal Abuse, shared by Fort Smith Animal Services Advisory Board member Stacie Cox, said animals jump through hoops, make pyramids and “dance.” The show was employed at the time by Hawthorn Corporation, which was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture and had its licensed revoked.

Commentary

The USA makes itself completely ridiculous again.

Besides that USA-citizens in most states can have a tiger (an endangered animal on the CITES-list) as a pet, it now reaches a new low.

A circus act that violated animal rights before is allowed to perform again, only because it uses a permit of another proxy, despite of protests of animal welfare groups.

How low can the USA go?

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Temple dead tiger

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USA – The Washington Post

These Tigers Were Rescued From An Infamous Tourist Attraction. Then 86 Died In Government Custody.

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At Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple, paying tourists could pet and pose for selfies with the dozens of big cats that called the attraction home. They could walk tigers on leashes and bottle-feed cubs. But the Buddhist monastery turned tourist magnet had for years faced allegations of abuse and, in 2016, a raid by Thai authorities uncovered ghastly sights, including 40 frozen tiger cubs shoved into a refrigerator and a monk attempting to flee with 1,600 tiger parts.

The government soon removed 147 tigers from the compound in the West Thailand town of Kanchanaburi, taking them to two state-run facilities. But in a tragic update on the case, Thai media reported Friday that 86 of the rescued animals have died. A government official attributed the animals’ deaths to a viral disease, saying their immune systems had been compromised by inbreeding.

Commentary

Tiger Temple, once famous for its monks caring for tigers, but later unmasked for tiger trade, strikes again.

Already 86 out of 147 seized tigers have died due to a viral disease while being in Thai government custody.

Some NGOs points fingers to the Thai government for not taking proper care for the seized animals.

Although that is partly true, the real blame is with the exploiter of Tiger Temple: abbot, Phra Wisutthisarathen. He was responsible for Tiger Temple and is responsible for breeding tigers. He is responsible for these deaths and a shame for buddhism.

This dramatic mass killing calls for stronger regulations by the Thai government on tiger exploiting facilities, like Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Tiger Temple and others alike.

We call for a national discussion in Thailand on tiger tourism to prevent further unnecessary harm to tigers.

#tiger #tigernews

Tony the tiger

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India – NewKerala.com

Tony The Tiger Claims Sun Bowl Title Partnership And Returns The Game To Original Mission: Helping Kids Play Sports.

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A new era of college football begins as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes is announced as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

The postseason contest will feature a power-five matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will be televised for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The agreement between the Sun Bowl Association and Frosted Flakes was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. What’s more, Tony is returning the Sun Bowl to its inaugural mission — helping kids play sports — something that hasn’t been a focus since the birth of the Sun Bowl.

Commentary

The American Superbowl in El Paso is being sponserd by Kellogg’s with Tony the Tiger.

Kellogg’s is using the tiger as brand and made fortunes with it. But instead of teaming up seriously to help tigers, the animal that made them so rich, they get into all kinds of other partnerships.

When does Kellogg’s finally starts investing seriously into tiger conservation?

#tiger #tigernews

Kansas City Zoo tiger cubs

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USA – Kake.com

Kansas Zoo Says 3 New Tigers Cubs Are A Boy And 2 Girls.

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The Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina says three Amur tiger cubs born last month are a boy and two girls.

The cubs were born August 14 to mother Andrea and father Dhenuka.

“Since their birth, via the tiger cameras, the animal care staff have been watching these three grow, shared Brenda Gunder, General Curator. “I feel the male was the first born due to his size from day one. The first born has been on the move and keeping his mother Andrea busy, and has also remained the largest of the three.”

Commentary

Tigers are the moneymakers of zoos. White tigers are even better than ‘regular’ tigers but tiger cubs beat the odds: the ultimate moneymakers.

To make the most money out of the tiger cubs zoos always follow more or less the same protocol.

1. when mama tiger is pregnant, it is big news.
2. when tiger cubs are born, it is big news.
3. when tiger cubs can be presented after a few days, it is big news.
4. when tiger cubs are around six weeks, their sexe can be defined – which is big news, often accompanied with a contest for the name.
5. when the tiger cubs are big enough to be presented to the audience, it is big news.
6. when tiger cubs get their first medical check up, it is big news.

But all the news is commercial exposure. No animal gets better from it, only the owners of zoos that refuse to be transparent in telling how much they earn. There must be a reason for that….

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger circus

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USA – San Antonio Express News

An Unspoken Bond Between Trainers And Their Circus Animals.

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Elsewhere in the arena is Ryan Holder with his “girls.” That’s what he calls his female tigers.

 

Holder leans against the cage that surrounds the ring. He is inside the ring with four tigers. All he has with him is his phone.

He bends down and one of the white American tigers rubs against his black shirt, leaving a trail of fur on it. On the front of his shirt is his company name, ShowMe Tigers.

Commentary

More and more countries have a ban for circuses that exploit wild animals.

But not the USA – one of the three countries in the world that can be described as the axis of evil for tigers (with Thailand and China as the two others).

As long as this is allowed, tigers (and other animals) are being exploited, have to live in small cages, are being dominated and mentally destructed, without proper food and with a constant public pressure to deal with.

Tiger trainers are an important part of tiger exploitation. Ryan Holder is a part of a nasty supply chain, and he is even proud of what he is doing.

He even braggs about having donated US$ 30.000 to tiger conservation.

It’s like making money out of molesting children and then donating to a charity that warns about molesting children.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Art

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USA – Illinois News Bureau

Endangered Animals Project Looks At Tigers, Habitat Loss, Climate Change.

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Illinois artist Deke Weaver will premiere a solo multimedia performance this fall with stories of man-eating tigers and the devastating impact of climate change.

“TIGER” is the fifth performance in Weaver’s project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” which will present a performance for each letter of the alphabet, representing an endangered animal or habitat.

“A lot of the shows end up becoming shows not about animals in particular, but more about our relationship with them and how we humans are relating to animals and relating to their habitats,” said Weaver, a professor of new media in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design.

Commentary

A US artist’ professor in multimedia will perform a solo multimedia performance in several US cities.

The reason for this is to raise awareness on what’s happening with tigers and on climate change.

We only can say: book this guy also for international stages!

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger grass

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USA – Cosmopolitan

Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops Make My Skin Look *Perfect*.

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No-makeup makeup has kinda always been my thing—and not because I have zit-free, Insta-worthy skin that’s been chiseled by the gods.

Nope, I’m just lazy as all hell and can’t focus on doing my makeup for more than five minutes at a time, which makes my morning makeup routine pretty simple: moisturizer, concealer, blush, mascara. And that’s always worked for me—until recently, when my skin decided to get really blotchy out of nowhere (shout out to my hormones!), messing with my routine.

Commentary

Now another brand is using the tiger to make money without paying a fair compensation to tiger conservation:

Dr. Jart Cicapair with Tiger Gress Camo Drops (cosmetics).

#tiger #tigernews

South East Asia tiger

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USA – The Diplomat

Southeast Asia Must Confront Its Illegal Tiger Problem.

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There are more tigers living behind bars than in the wild. The figures are staggering: Fewer than 4,000 tigers roam free worldwide while double that number are estimated to be held in breeding facilities across Asia. The vast majority of these captive tigers are in Chinese farms, but the big cat is also being bred in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam — for profit not conservation.

A new report from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has found that over the past two decades more than half of the tigers seized in Thailand and a third of those in Vietnam came from captive breeding facilities. The analysis has renewed longstanding worries that “farming tigers leads to illegal trade in tiger parts and stimulates demand,” Dr. Richard Thomas, TRAFFIC’s global communications coordinator, told The Diplomat by email.

The demand for nearly every part of the endangered species — from tiger skins and bones to claws and meat — is perpetuated by the legal and illegal supply from captive tigers.

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Excellent article on tiger farming and why this is a threat for tigers in the wild.

The USA, China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam should immediately stop the farming of tigers.

#tiger #tigernews

Beardsley zoo tiger

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USA – CT Post

Beardsley’s Female Tiger Departing Zoo.

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Get ready to roar a sad goodbye to Changbai, the female Amur tiger who has lived at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for more than two years.

 

Changbai, mother of tiger cubs Reka and Zeya, is schedule to move to a new permanent home on Wednesday. Born on May 24, 2007, she arrived at Beardsley in January 2017 from the Philadelphia Zoo.

“As sad as we are to say goodbye to Changbai, the planned transfer of animals to other member zoos ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population,” Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Deputy Director Don Goff said in a news release.

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Beardsley zoo announces transfer of Amur tiger to another zoo to ensure the “healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied AZA population.

They also call it a Species Survival Plan.

No word about the fact that tigers are the moneymaker for zoos and that they need to have new cubs, because they attract a whole new wave of customers.

#tiger #tigernews

Tony the tiger

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USA – WTKR

Earning Its Stripes: College Football’s Sun Bowl Re-branded As Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

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Tuesday, a new era of college football begins as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® is announced as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger® Sun Bowl. The postseason contest will feature a power-five matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will be televised for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS (News 3 in Hampton Roads). The agreement between the Sun Bowl Association and Frosted Flakes® was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger® being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. What’s more, Tony is returning the Sun Bowl to its inaugural mission — helping kids play sports — something that hasn’t been a focus since the birth of the Sun Bowl.

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Kellog’s Corn Flakes made 13,5 billion US dollars of turnover in 2018. Nothing of that money goes to tiger conservation.

That’s strange to say at the least because the brand was made and is still famous because of Tony the Tiger, the mascotte they use to promote their cornflakes.

Now Kellog’s is sponsoring the opening of the College Football season in El Paso – promoting Mission Tiger. But Mission Tiger is strangely enough not about saving tigers but helping underprivileged kids (a good cause as well).

But we call on Kellog’s to do substantially more on tiger conservation. We think they owe it to Tony. And they have the money.