Rodriguez has been blasted by animal rights activists

Michelle Rodriguez’s tiger trouble



Wednesday, 5th July 2006, 11:41


LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) – ‘Lost’ star Michelle Rodriguez has been blasted by animal rights activists for taking a baby tiger cub to a nightclub.


The actress played with Skanda, a nine-week-old white tiger, for a charity event she was hosting in aid of a nature sanctuary.


PETA have now slammed the star for using the endangered animal for entertainment purposes.


A spokesman for the animal rights organisation, Dan Mathews, said: "These are wild animals, not party animals.


"We know Michelle Rodriguez is an animal lover, but I think she is unaware how infant animals need to be around their mother and not a clanging party scene.


"They’re not meant to be an ornament at a party, even one that is designed to raise money for animals. It kind of defeats the purpose."


Rodriguez fed the baby tiger a bottle full of milk and went swimming with it in a pool.


The tiger was said to have looked distressed as it scrambled around the venue.


Club owner Satsky, who paid $10,000 to hire the tiger, said: "The music was bothering him a little bit. But his trainer was constantly feeding him milk, so that kind of calms him down."


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