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Ask Florida Zoo to Halt Cruel Swims With Tigers ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, environment, suffering, protection )

- 1963 days ago -
Please contact Dade City's Wild Things and politely ask the zoo to do away with its cruel swims with tiger cubs. And then please forward this message widely!

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Cher C (1430)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 5:25 am

Polite comments can be sent to:

Kathy Stearns, Owner
Randy Stearns, President and Head Trainer
Dade City's Wild Things


Pat B (356)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 5:25 am
TY, Cher. Done.

Cher C (1430)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 5:25 am

Dade City's Wild Things is a Florida zoo that allows misguided patrons to swim with tiger cubs. Owner Kathy Stearns claims that the swims are for "training" purposes, yet the zoo reaps $200 per person for a 30-minute encounter. And although tigers have no natural buoyancy and must constantly move in order to stay afloat, cubs at Dade City's Wild Things must endure long, exhausting swims with strangers, even loud children. In addition to being unnatural and inherently cruel, forcing distressed cubs to swim with people can result in serious injuries to both, especially if the cubs struggle excessively. This practice can also contribute to the spread of dangerous diseases.

Alarming video footage of these swims shows a cub named Tony repeatedly crying out in distress as a reporter prevents the frantic animal from escaping the swimming pool. The cub's plight is seemingly ignored by head trainer Randy Stearns who is swimming nearby. Later, Tony can be seen in the background attempting to escape the water, only to be pushed back in by Kathy Stearns.

In September 2011, Dade City's Wild Things was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating a federal law that prohibits the handling of tiger cubs in a manner that causes unnecessary discomfort or stress. However, the Stearns continue to offer these encounters, perpetuating animal suffering for profit.


Teresa W (782)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 5:26 am
The page won't open. :-(

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 6:47 am
Done, thanks.

naomi cohen (55)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 9:48 am
signed! thank you, cher.

Patricia Gal (103)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:21 am
Noted. love these beauties.

Patricia Gal (103)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:36 am
I supported a Hotmail to Randy Stearns, head trainer (adhere to the federal laws for animals)
hope it gets attention.

Gloria p (304)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 11:43 am
Contacted independently.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:50 pm
Thank you, Cher. This is not the first time I see petitions against swims with tiger cubs. Didn't the previous petition have any effect? This time, I have also written a letter and I hope it'll work.

michelle t (41)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 1:13 pm
Will take action.Thanks

Marliese B (69)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 1:35 pm
Noted with thanks! People are so stupid using animals for entertainment of children! Phew!

Dianne D (490)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 2:06 pm
Email sent. Another good reason why there shouldn't be any zoo's anymore. People involved in zoo's are not looking out for the welfare of the animals, only for profit. God will punish those that are mistreating his animal friends.

Ruth M (235)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 4:03 pm
Message sent!

. (7)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 4:55 pm
Will take action, thanks.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 6:36 pm
noted and sent

Colleen L (3)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 7:29 pm
Action taken. Email sent to the email address that was listed at the site. Thanks Cher

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 8:00 pm
thank you

Thomas P (280)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 8:02 pm
Noted, email sent.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 8:38 pm
Poor cubs!

Marie W (67)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:18 am

Constance F (418)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:34 am
email sent to Kathy and Randy Stearns. Thank you !

Pogle S (88)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 1:39 am
How thoughtless can people with money to burn be????

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:12 am

Tanya W (65)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:23 am
Noted and signed and wishing for a world that does not support animal abuse!

Carlene V (202)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:21 am
Will d. They must have sawdust for brains to do this.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:28 am

paul m (93)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:28 am


Marianna molnar woods (9)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 7:16 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 8:37 am

Valerie H (133)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 8:55 am
Thank you, email to be sent

Lisa AWAY N (206)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 12:40 pm
Action to be taken, thanks Cher.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 1:31 pm
Noted and signed. TY

Julie E (405)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 3:31 pm
Noted. I signed this on an earlier date.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 4:58 pm
signed. What I would like to see is swimming with alligators. It would be a big draw for the reality shows at lunch time..also provide thrill seekers with a chance to win a Darwin award..

Syera N (7)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:42 pm
Thanks Cher :)

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday December 10, 2012, 5:14 am

Carol H (229)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 5:43 am
action to be taken, thanks Cher

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:41 am
Email sent!!! Thanks Cher
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