Tampa, FL, February 01, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Big cats (lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, etc.) are built to roam large territories running and hunting and are highly intelligent and sentient. In the wild they would continuously receive mental and physical stimulation.
In contrast, thousands of big cats live in captivity in inhumane conditions in back yards and in roadside zoos in America where they are exploited. They live in tiny, barren cages with concrete floors that are easy to clean but cause arthritis and often receive no enrichment. Laws and regulations that are supposed to insure humane treatment are weak and largely unenforceable from a practical standpoint.
The single biggest cause of this misery is the roadside zoos that offer cub petting and photo ops with cubs. This is a miserable life for the cubs. They are taken from their mothers at birth, a torment to any mammal mother and offspring. They are often deprived of sleep and food to make them hungry at petting sessions and easily distracted with a bottle. Because of the filthy conditions, they often have contagious ringworm. They can only be used this way for a few months before they become dangerous and there is no tracking of what happens to them after they are too big to pet. It is unknown how many die or how many may be slaughtered for the illegal trade in their parts.
The public is misled by cub petting exploiters into thinking that petting cubs somehow supports conservation and that when the cubs are too big to pet they live idyllic lives in sanctuaries. In fact the opposite is true. The State Department has confirmed that the rampant untracked breeding in this country impairs their efforts to oppose countries that would like to legalize trade in tiger parts.
The concept behind this spot was to turn cub petting on its side and reveal the “real truth” about it; the truth that it is not so adorable and that it contributes to a vicious life cycle (behind the scenes) that often ends very badly for these tiger cubs. Viewers are encouraged to go to CubTruth.com and learn more about what really happens to these cubs.
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries devoted to big cats. In addition to providing the best life they can for the cats in their care, Big Cat Rescue is a leader in working to stop the mistreatment of these majestic animals. A significant part of that effort is to educate the public about the evils of cub petting so they will not patronize these exploitive exhibitors. This PSA is intended to be a significant part of that effort. More information about Big Cat Rescue is available at BigCatRescue.org.