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Zoos and Tiger Inbreeding

Animals  (tags: Tigers, Wildlife welfare, Endangered Species Act, White Tigers, Inbreeding, Destructive human interaction, North America, India, Animal abuse, Animal Conservation, Generic tigers, legal black market trading, Zoos, Breeding farms, Education )

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Zoos are cloaked as socially beneficial for educational purposes. What are they teaching future generations when they conduct destructive practices like the inbreeding of tigers for the sake of the tourist dollar?

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 7:34 am
Thank you, Deb for this one.
noted & Saved the Article.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 7:42 am
That is why so many animals have health problems because of so much inbreeding!

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 8:15 am
Thanks Deb, noted and petitions signed.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 8:48 am

Constance F (418)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 9:24 am
Excellent article. You have a knack at making an issue perfectly clear and interesting to read. Simply, this is grotesque on several levels. And tragic. . Infact, I just saw a post of photos, that included a hybrid tiger. Frankly, it was monstrous and sickening, and I had to get out of there. Most actions already taken including submitting comments to USFWS on regulations, but I missed a couple. Greatly appreciate you posting all actions take. And thank you again!

Carol H (229)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 9:32 am
thank you Deb, noted

Eileen Novak (444)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 12:48 pm
Ditto Constance F.
Another excellent articel Deb. Your write-up on the piple rocked also.
and thanks for introducing me to the Animal Life web site. It's a good 'un.

Lisa N (206)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 2:00 pm
Thanks Deb, had already signed most of the petitions, signed the rest I hadn't.

Lindsey Williams (234)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 2:54 pm
Thank you Deb.

michelle t (41)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 3:01 pm
Excellent article.Thanks Deb.Petitions signed

Mary T (178)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 5:00 pm
Thanks Deb for another excellent article, All petitions signed.

Elsie Au (259)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 7:08 pm
Thanks so much for the well written article. What many of humans lack is ethic. We have power to change things but many of us just use that for their own benefit without caring about any disaster effect generating from that action. Also I don't really understand why these white tigers can not be included in the protective law. We don't exclude human albino or any human with genetic defect from getting the full human right so this should be the same for animals, especially the ones caused by human action.

Susanne R (234)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 8:47 pm
Greed is a horrible thing. These beautiful animals know instinctively not to breed within their own bloodlines, yet they're forced to in an effort to create a unique and therefore more sought after animal. If it goes against the laws of nature, it's wrong! Mother nature knows exactly what she's doing.

Many years ago, my sister was given a wire-haired terrier from a breeder because it was the product of accidental inbreeding and was worthless to him. Never in my life have I ever seen such an odd animal! He suffered seizures on a daily basis. He would actually run into the television set when a show was on that displayed other dogs that were running. Banging his head and falling didn't convince him to stop. He would keep doing it until the scene changed. If a group of dogs was running loose in the area, he'd find a way to get out of the house or yard and try to join them. Every time this happened, the pack of dogs chased him back home, as though they knew that he was an oddity. Once, as I was walking up her driveway, he came running at me like a speeding bullet. I thought he was coming to greet me. Unfortunately, after gaining a tremendous amount of momentum, he didn't stop and knocked me on my back! He also liked to hop on his hind legs and would go through periods of non-stop hopping that could last for hours. One day my sister had put her infant son in his buggy (the old fashioned pram type) in preparation for a walk. She turned away for a minute to llock her door before leaving. Within a matter of minutes, her dog, hopping on two legs, had placed his front paws on the handle of the buggy and was pushing it down the driveway towards the street. I could go on and on about this dog, but the point is that he was inbred and he wasn't right physically or mentally. Inbreeding is cruel and can have devastating consequences. The madness that was common among royalty centuries ago is a good example.

Signed and noted. And Deb, I agree with others who commented on your writing skills. Your ability to explain, describe and make your case is outstanding!

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday September 20, 2011, 11:54 pm
Noted & signed every petition TY Deb

Robert O (12)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 12:58 am
Very worrisome. Thanks Deb.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 1:32 am
Noted. Thanks.

Brenda Towers (0)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 2:33 am
Noted. Thanks.

Andreia Capelo (15)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 3:30 am
Stop taking your sons to the zoo... and stop going to!

Go Vegan! :P

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 3:34 am
Petitions two five to nine eleven twelve already signed number ten do not have a sample letter and noted, thank you!

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 5:38 am
noted and signed, thank you

helen r (33)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 6:56 am
Noted, facebooked and tweeted. Thank You

. (0)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 8:05 am
Petitions signed.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 9:41 am
Thank you Deb.

Maria p (151)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 10:29 am

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 10:41 am
Thank you - everything signed now!

Elizabeth P (99)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 4:04 pm
I can't and I wont go to any zoo or aquariums,When I was young, I will never forget the feeling I felt from the aniamls when I was at a zoo,The saddness in their eyes the desire to be free. Noted and Thank you.

Kim O (396)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 7:18 pm
HMMM!! Thanks for the informative article Deb!!

colleen p (38)
Saturday September 24, 2011, 6:57 am
can they collect semen from wild tigers? who would want to collect it?

"hey, Jeff what do you do for a living?"
"Uh, I collect sperm from wild animals to expand the gene pool for captive ones"


desanka s (416)
Saturday September 24, 2011, 12:29 pm
The first "generic" white tiger was exhibit in England in 1820 and presented as the “Snow-white”. When you once open Pandora’s box is difficult to close it. Just watch this video:
Thank you Deb.

Marilyn M (145)
Saturday September 24, 2011, 2:12 pm
Noted. Thank you for another excellent article, Deb.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Saturday September 24, 2011, 7:50 pm
Thank you, Deb, for another informative article. All the petitions signed without hesitation.

Since tigers are an endangered species, protection should be granted to all of them, wild and captive alike. Being held in captivity does not make a tiger a lesser tiger, does it? In this regard, inbreeding can be easily--should be--seen as a serious violation of its protected status and thus should be considered a transgression.

Inbreeding is an extreme example of what abysmal depths superficiality can reach -- as if the tiger, its coat, were not beautiful enough as is -- and yet another instance in which ethics is not part of some people's vocabulary. Despite the crying need for the species's conservation in the wild, tigers, white or not, continue being captured and turned into “exhibits“ by people who line their pockets by imprisoning and harming them. Forcing these animals to procreate in a manner alien to Nature and to their nature, the offspring of which are debilitated or ill individuals that, despite their predatory nature, would not survive in the wilderness, just to change them into an “attraction“ is a nauseating practice. Thus, it certainly is of consequence that the word spreads about the nonexistence of white tigers as species, but their being modern-day Frankensteins in actuality.

The “generic tiger“ loophole mentioned here is quite an unheard-of matter: While zoos must comply with certain requirements, individuals are allowed to do basically whatever they please! That does not stand to reason: It must be a self-serving step to take. I still vividly remember the case of Tony, “the truck tiger,“ which, to my knowledge, remains unresolved: The poor tiger is languishing away in a barren cage, just a couple of meters in diameter, in a close vicinity to a noisy road -- what on Earth is this supposed to mean? And because everything is quite the opposite of what it should be, there are more captive tigers (bred in a country they are not native to) than wild ones, who are threatened further by a loss of habitat (deforestation), direct poaching, etc. -- can there be a worse case scenario?

Tania King (112)
Sunday September 25, 2011, 8:36 am
Maybe it's a silly and obvious thing to say Deb,but i can't imagine how anybody could enjoy seeing those beautiful,amazing creatures in cage...It's so...misrespectful.Noted and thanks,great article as usual!

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 4:21 am
Thank you for sharing

colleen p (38)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 4:23 am
I just wonder how everyone suggests we get India and China and such to "clean up their act". Our beavers have come back from the brink, but they are not fighting tooth and nail, telling us not to deforest to protect other animals.

if the tiger was not endangerd would the rest of the world fight tooth and nail to tell people how to live? even if they were not hunted for skins or for killing livestock from "backwards" farmers who live in huts(OH crap, ethnocentric am I? only to prove a point) people still live this way?

as for zoos. there is got to be a way to keep them healthy and happy. freedom where you can get injured-sick-and die, where a meal is not a gurantee. wild animals are stimuated and need large territories because they forage and hunt. Humans used to. Now some of us only go berry picking for fun. if we find no berries we just buy some frozen ones. 1000 years ago some of them had to fashion bow and arrow to hunt. if we want meat, we just buy it packaged and stick it in a refrigerator. so, in captivity they gain one thing but loose others. Maybe they just need treadmills and toys.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5:34 am
Gosh! Thank you for telling us.
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