Friday June 21, 2013, 6:30 am
"Lions, tigers, cheetahs, and panthers are not house cats, no matter how hard people try to domesticate them, their untamed nature will always prevail. They belong in the wilderness or at least in a sanctuary akin to their natural environment."
Signed & Noted & Thanks for posting and caring Cher!
Friday June 21, 2013, 8:11 am
Why do human beings think they have to possess and tamper with everything and every living creature?? Instead of tampering, they need to attend to their own business and get a life without disturbing other lives. Idiots!!!
Friday June 21, 2013, 9:42 am
I searched Tigers for sale and I am sadly not shocked at seeing them. But pissed that they can be sold so easily! WE HAVE TO HELP STOP THIS!!! So sad...
Tigers for Sale? INSIDE EDITION Investigates (Trying to get them to re-post this)
Tigers are one of the most deadly and ferocious animals on Earth.
Believe it or not, an INSIDE EDITION investigation found it is easier in some states to purchase a tiger than it is to adopt a dog from a shelter.
Inside Edition producer, Charlie Mclravy, found it was as easy as responding to a listing in a catalog called the "Animal Finder's Guide." The ad said: "Tiger Cub, five month old female, well socialized."
The seller, Cy Vierstra, sent Mclravy pictures of a rare white Bengal tiger. The price: $2,700.
McLravy and the INSIDE EDITION I-Squad went to Vierstra's farm in Ohio, where it's perfectly legal to sell tigers, and brought along hidden cameras.
It turned out, Vierstra had three tigers. One was feasting on an ostrich carcass when we arrived.
Vierstra said he has no problem selling the tiger because so many are bred in captivity that it can be easily replaced. "The cats, especially the orange ones, they're a dime a dozen," Vierstra said.
"In terms of payment, how do you want to do it?" asked McLravy.
"Cash or money order," he said.
We showed our hidden camera video to Adam Roberts from the animal advocacy group Born Free.
"These animals don't belong in captivity and they don't make good pets," Roberts said. "It's completely irresponsible. It's completely dangerous. … The fact that it is so easy to sell these animals to a total stranger is pretty astounding but it does happen across the country."
INSIDE EDITION never did buy Vierstra's tiger. Instead, Investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero caught up with him outside an exotic animal auction in Ohio.
"We'd like to talk to you about the tiger you're selling," Guerrero asked.
"Um, no thanks," Vierstra said.
Actress Tippi Hedren, who founded the Shambala Preserve, a non-profit sanctuary in California, says people have no business making pets out of these kings of the jungle.
"It's a nasty, nasty business," said Hedren.
Hedren and other animal activists are currently pushing Congress to pass a bill that would ban the private ownership of tigers and other exotic cats.
For more information, please visit the Web sites for the Shambala Preserve and Born Free: http://www.shambala.org/
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:56 pm
Big cats should never be for sale There should be a worldwide ban on selling wild animals similiar thing to here where we cant touch the swans because they belong to the queen well wild animals should not be allowed to be touched because they belong to the wild and not to people
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:34 pm
Noted. I was especially interested to read the quote from the International defamation law and look forward to looking it up in its entirety. It's a shame what we mortals think when we seem to equate having money with some kind of alternative existence in which different rules apply therein. I would've thought that the big cat attack with Siegfried and Roy would've woken up enough folks that this wouldn't continue to be as big an issue as it, unfortunately, still is. Folks, if you love big cats, don't strive to domesticate them. Join those of us who want to see them live healthily in their natural home. Join those of us who simply want to see them continue to live!
Friday June 21, 2013, 8:10 pm
Domestication =/= kept as pets. This petition needs to be re-worded because as it stands, it's going over a non issue. The only current domestication of a pure wild species is a sub species of fox, though there's some cross breeding between specific small wild cats and domesticated cats.