The liger cubs born recently in Taiwan were confiscated by the government, because the cubs were bred illegally. Agriculture official Kuo Yi-pin said, “It is against the law and nature to cross-breed the two protected species.”
The owner was fined $1,600, for violating wildlife protection laws. Violators of the law intentionally intermix animals to produce a rare genetic hybrid, and then charge admission for humans to see the unusual animal. Stephanie Feldstein from animals.change.org states, “Their only purpose is to sell tickets to people who want to gawk at the zoo equivalent of a circus freak sideshow.”
Bigcatrescue.org also notes ligers are larger than a typical tiger cub, and their delivery by a female tiger can cause damage, and even death to the mother. In addition, ligers have birth defects and die young typically, says the cat organization.
They also explain that unscrupulous breeders will stop their practices if the public puts pressure on them, by boycotting animal zoos which exploit such animals. A related article reported there are about ten ligers in the world, and they all live in captivity.
The farm owner said he did not intend for the two large cats to breed, but they had grown up together and had a bond. The man is also a breeder of snakes, and has been accused of illegally selling tigers. His farm is supposedly called “World Snake King Education Farm.”
Image Credit: JimWests
Note: The liger above is in the U.S., and the people pictured with it have nothing to do with the farm in Taiwan.