The video below was taken at the A'Famosa Animal World Safari in Malaysia.
If you think this is unusual it is not. Drugged tigers are used and abused in second rate zoos all over the world. Here they appear to have overdone the drug just a little. It is scenes such as this which make me continue to condemn any form of 'hands on' action with large carnivores. 'Hands on' is not necessary....it never is! The deliberate pulling of cubs from the mothers so they can be hand reared to 'perform' like this is evil. Using arguments like 'raising money for conservation' hold no sway with me. Using white tigers just smashes the conservation concept.
There are big reputable zoos in the West and Australia who are to blame here. They do it as well. Okay maybe they don't use the drugs but they do the 'Tiger Posing'. Some declaw of course to make the 'wonderous experience' that much safer. The reputable zoos should stop this today and send out the message that it is wrong and not acceptable. There is no way that we can seriously point a finger at places like Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Taman Safari, the Tiger Temple or in this case A'Famosa (there is a huge list) if we cannot get our own zoo house in order.
Tigers, if properly managed do not need to be hand reared except in exceptionally and very rare circumstances. Tigers and other big cats need to be mother reared and brought up to be what they are and not some tiger poseurs plaything.
Get this. It is not clever, amazing or wonderous to commune with big cats. Let them be.
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