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  1. Miranda
    January 15, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    Hi there, I’m a long-time reader, but first-time poster. I’m glad this is the comment I’m leaving.

    I just read that the Ringling Brothers circus will be shutting down in May! Not soon enough, but shutting down nonetheless. I know you will be just as excited as I am. While this is just the beginning, it is one victory!

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/14/entertainment/ringling-circus-closing/

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  2. Annie LaRoche
    September 9, 2017 @ 10:21 pm

    Was looking forward to attending the York, Pa county fair for the first time until seeing their live post of the tiger show…. https://www.facebook.com/YorkFairFirstFair/?hc_ref=ARSRuxEw2EBfYt2qcpDbtmz0n2QWvxJnbTeZeim4k-K_i5Qwg7D9op88ZRW-BiLwYzI

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      September 10, 2017 @ 11:05 am

      well… that derailed my morning!! my keyboard is smoking!! xoxo for caring!!!! I’m pasting my fb comments here so that I have a record of them.

      Captive breeding begins with cub-petting operations… baby tigers are born to captive mothers. And then taken from her IMMEDIATELY, because mama tiger doesn’t take well to humans handling her newborns.

      Tiger cubs are ADORABLE!! And people will pay money to take pictures with them! But there is a problem… taking newborns from their mothers makes them sick. Stress, being handled by a line of people, being fed by humans rather than nursing from their mother. Please read about this, if you are not familiar with the dark underbelly of captivity! https://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/pet-cubs/

      Then… as those cubs get older, they are still adorable! But they are getting feisty, and they might hurt someone, so THEY ARE DRUGGED. Literally, drugged so that humans can have a minute of “fun.” And of course eventually they are too big to be held for cute photos… so what happens to them then?

      They are sold to the highest bidder:

      They might go to roadside attractions… Tony the tiger lives at a truck stop in Louisiana… all concrete, all day, for 17 years. https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/

      OR TO HUNTING RANCHES WHERE PEOPLE PAY TO KILL THEM RIGHT HERE IN THE USA.

      Or to guys like the one in the video… you can read about operations like this here: it’s a PDF and will download https://secure.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/MitchelKalmansonFactsheet.pdf (read about ALL fines and violations! it’s disgusting!!!)

      Did you know that exotic animals in captivity spend, on average, over 90% of their lives in chains or cages? source — Humane Society,

      Finally, (if you are still reading!) if you’d like a real understanding of how captive breeding actually FULES the rush towards extinction… read “Blood of the Tiger” it’s an excellent book that dives deep into all of the details of the tiger trade… from China, to the USA, and it truly explores the intersection of how humans perceive tigers and our “rights” to use them as we wish!!

      Did you know that a tiger in the wild will travel up to five miles a day? Did you know that tigers love to swim? Tigers are meant to run, hunt, jump, nap, nurse their young… live their lives! These tigers are experiencing lives of unimaginable stress, sadness, boredom, pain, fear, loneliness, and hopelessness… they sit on stools and perform tricks, and when they are not doing that, they do nothing… they sit in travel trailers. THIS IS NO LIFE. What you see is the ONLY TIME THEY ARE ALLOWED OUT. This is WRONG. It rips my heart out that humans do not stop and ask themselves: who does this benefit other than the guy getting paid.

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