Today at Big Cat Rescue Sept 26 2013

Draw My Life – Tiger Edition

 

 

Hi everyone, my name’s Tony and I’m a pet tiger…

 

I was born here in America, although I’m not sure exactly where or when?…

 

I remember I could feel my brothers and sisters laying next to me and I could smell my mom nearby …. but then we were all taken away from her and I NEVER got to see my mum…

 

As a cub my eyes were closed for the first week or so of my life and ALL I wanted to do was be with my mom…. instead I was passed around to different people and was only offered bottled milk formulas, which tasted pretty gross and they didn’t even bother to warm it up half the time…… but I had nothing else, so I drank what I could because I was soooo hungry….

 

When my eyes finally opened I discovered that myself, my 3 brothers and 2 sisters were being kept in a cage in someones backyard…. I could hear other tigers nearby and we were all cold and didn’t really have room to do anything except huddle together and try and stay warm.

 

We were all scared without our mom to keep us safe and I felt pretty sick……. this was my life for the first few weeks…. then it got much worse…..

 

You see what I’ve learnt since then is that we were owned by a backyard breeder, these people are constantly breeding big cats and other exotic animals to profit from and DEFINITELY don’t care about animal welfare or conservation as they often claim…. all they care about …..is making money.

 

When we were only a few weeks old we got split up, I was shoved into a pet carrier with one of my brothers and we spent hours and hours driving somewhere…?

 

We never saw our brother and sisters again….

 

We finally arrived and we were taken inside an enormous building, I remember it being very bright and the noise was just unbearable, there were people everywhere talking and shouting and all of them wanted to hold us and pet us…

 

Worst of all were the photos, we’d be passed to children and their families who’d hold us very uncomfortably and then there would be a giant flash that blinded my sensitive eyes and this would go on …..and on …..and on….

 

All me and my brother wanted to do was sleep, but we were constantly awakened so someone could play with us or have their picture taken with us…

 

After a few days of this we’d move on to another location, shopping malls, parking lots, fairs…. we’d arrive sleep deprived and sick, being touched by so many people spreads disease from them to us and vice versa….. My brother was worse than me he had constant diarrhea but was STILL kept on display….. he died a few days later…

 

I was forced to do this for months….. not enough sleep, bad food and horrible noise, but somehow I survived…. When I did act on my instincts, screaming for my mom or playing like the tiger that I am, I was beaten and disciplined, never knowing why….

 

And all the time I was listening to the exploiters telling people that I was orphaned or that I was rejected by my mother … so they do the traveling show to support their animals and educate people….. what a load of *****

 

Once I started getting too big to be used as a photo prop …… (and therefore not making any money for them) the owners of the traveling show sold me as a “pet” to some guy and his family, ….. not knowing what a big mistake they’d made …..or maybe they just didn’t care? They were helping to support this animal abuse, just like all the people who had their photo taken with me and my brother…..

 

I was at an age when I wanted to explore EVERYTHING! …. I was confined to their house, so simple playing and rough housing didn’t keep me entertained for long (plus sometimes I was too rough!)…… soon I was climbing all over the place, …… scratching up their furniture and belongings to mark my territory and then peeing on it so everybody knew THIS WAS MINE!

 

The man didn’t seem to like it when I did this and he tried to beat the wild instincts out of me just like my previous owners…. then after a while when I was REALLY starting to look like a tiger, getting bigger and becoming more mature, they stuck me outside…. and for the past 5 years I’ve been “living” in an 8×8 cage at the bottom of their garden.

 

Tigers roam hundreds of square miles in the wild …. and all I’ve got his chain link walls and concrete, I’m always bored, I have nothing to look forward to apart from food and what he feeds me isn’t very nice and nowhere near enough. Now I just sleep when I can and look for any opportunity to get out of this place…. I wonder if people in this area even know they have a tiger living in the neighborhood!?

 

I guess I’m one of the “lucky” ones, my brother passed away when we were little ….. and I have no idea what happened to my other brother and two sisters?

 

I hear exploiters also force tiger cubs to swim with paying customers, because they can’t scream or misbehave when they’re swimming for their lives.

 

They may have also been sold as so called “pets” or to roadside zoos….. they could still be traveling around the country living their lives in transport cages and being pointed at by unknowing children and their families? My sisters could still be at the breeder’s compound, and instead of breeding every 2-3 years like tigers in the wild they’ll be forced to give birth year round to new money making cubs……. feeling the heartache every time they’re snatched away ….and this incessant breeding resulting in many dying from mammary cancer….

 

Worse yet they could have been used in canned hunting programs where “hunters” pay a fee to shoot exotic animals in confined spaces, with no chance of escape…….. which gives the “hunters” no chance of missing out on their trophies….

 

Tigers are also commonly killed for their body parts many of which are used in traditional asian medicine …… and their meat is also sold in countries including America….. to consumers WHO JUST HAVE TO TRY lion tacos or tiger steaks…. this also provides a smokescreen for the illegal poaching of big cats in the wild, because ….you can’t tell where the animal came from…..

 

Right now my outlook is bleak….. I can live to be over 20 years old in captivity, which means another 15 years in this tiny cage, but then again I receive no routine vet care, eat a poor diet and it’s unlikely that my owners will want to pay the expenses for any medical care that I may need in the future…..?

 

There’s thought to be only around 3000 tigers left in the wild but there’s an estimated 5-10,000 privately owned tigers and other big cats in the United States alone!

 

That’s right 5-10,000!

 

Imagine if all the money spent petting cubs and raising tigers in cages were spent on saving the tiger in the wild!

 

If YOU want to help stop this abuse and suffering, there is a way to HELP!

 

Please follow the link on the screen or in the description to this video and take a minute of your time to help give us a voice!

 

Thank you.

YOU can help make a difference please take a minute of your time to help give these animals a voice! https://bigcatrescue.org/cubs/

Big cats are constantly bred in the USA to exploit, the cubs are used as photo props in shopping malls, parking lots and fairs, they are also sold as so called “pets” or sold into the canned hunting industry where wealthy “hunters” can shoot them within a confined space. They are also killed for their body parts which are highly desirable in medicinal markets…

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