Government, experts question tiger breeder’s practices
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Marcus Cook, the man who brought a pregnant white tiger to
He vowed his own veterinarians would look into the case.
"Our team is absolutely explicit," he said Thursday, the day the cubs died.
Cook, an exotic-animal breeder from
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching its own investigation into the deaths. And this isn’t the first one.
Just two months ago the USDA issued a complaint against Cook for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.
The department said, in the complaint, there are "repeated instances" of Cook’s failure to provide "adequate veterinary care, food, water, or housing to animals."
The complaint went on to say those failures "have resulted in injuries to animals and to the public."
Ron Tilson, a tiger expert at the Minnesota Zoo who advises all accredited zoos in
"It’s immoral, it’s unethical," Tilson said of Cook’s breeding practices. "Certainly the animal rights and humane societies have come out and said it’s a form of animal abuse, therefore it’s cruel to animals."
Tilson said he agreed with that assessment and that the mere breeding of white tigers is not natural.
To maintain that color, Tilson said, the cubs have to be inbred, which means they lose genetic protection against a number of diseases.
"And there are many other things, including cleft palates, and crossed eyes, and curved spines, and shortened feet, and all of those things would put a wild tiger at a disadvantage, so it wouldn’t live," he said.
Tislson said the last white tiger born in the wild was observed in 1951.
In the case of the four dead cubs in
"We know that it is not anything that has to do with animal care, or keeper error, or facility structure, anything of that nature," he said.
Cook didn’t return KARE11’s call Friday.
Cook’s company is based near
He also has been sued by the
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Carole’s Letter to Scott Goldberg:
Death is never pretty but four baby white tigers who were born and died the same day in a traveling carnival have more in common with soldiers dieing every week in
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In both cases the people who are taking at face value the claims, made by those who continue to wage war or those who claim that your support of their big cat traveling act is conserving nature, are doing so because they don’t want to admit their own culpability in the situation. Better to believe a lie than to have to act upon your convictions, seems to be mantra of those who choose to believe that we are all separate.
But we aren’t separate and in our hearts we KNOW it. Every day more and more of us are finding it impossible to ignore the nagging little voice inside our heads that tells us we have to take responsibility for the world we live in.
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When a proportionately small fraction of electrons line up in an atom it creates an invisible force that causes all of the other electrons to snap into the same line. When enough people begin to think in certain ways, and reach a critical mass, then all of a sudden all of society begins to align that way. Changes that happen in one place begin to happen all over the world at the same time. Slavery began to be stopped in
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If you saw the recent movie called Amazing Grace, you may remember that in 1824 William Wilberforce started the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It was the beginning of a change in consciousness toward animals. Up until 1920 women weren’t allowed to vote because they were thought to be irrational creatures and not as intelligent as men. The movement for female equality began in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until 400 years later that it became law. We are seeing the same changes in attitudes toward the animals.
Big Cats have had big wins in the past couple of years. It began in 2003 with a law to ban the sale of big cats across state lines as pets. Since then eight states, including AR, IA, IN, KY, LA, MD, NY and WA have banned the keeping of big cats as pets. Three countries including Africa,
These animal protection measures have been made possible by people who were willing to take responsibility for their actions and who are demanding the same of their governmental representatives. Please take a minute to send a letter today. We do not sell or trade your information, so please visit www.CatLaws.com today and support Haley’s Act, which is a bill that would end the use of baby big cats in photo booths and petting sessions. These cubs can only be used for a couple of months and then are discarded. You can help save them from lives of suffering with just a few mouse clicks at www.CatLaws.com and while you are there, you can tell your lawmakers how you feel about the war in
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