Where do those cute cubs go – you make the call

What’s the truth behind that cute cub you can pose with and photograph at the fair?

Isn’t it time everyone knew?

Every summer, fairs around the country feature wild animal acts to entertain and draw in the public. Though some may know they’re fueling the exotic animal industry, many do not, nor do they care.

Baby photo-op cubs are taken from their mothers far too young and are dumped after they’re only 12 weeks old – the legal limit for allowing general public contact with them.

Where do they all go? More and more litters must be bred, multiple times a year, until the mothers can breed no more. Then they are discarded, too.

Just like some fair organizers are unaware of this, most fairgoers may not know the truth either. They don’t realize zoos won’t take them, accredited non-profit sanctuaries are full, and the exhibitor has no intention of supporting an expensive carnivore for the next 20+ years of its life.

So, what alternative does that leave for these animals…death…being sold for parts…being sold to a taxidermist…being used as a breeder? It’s a cruel reality that the general public wouldn’t support if they knew the horrible fate awaiting these castoff animals – and they certainly wouldn’t want a picture at the fair to remind them of it!

 

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