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Tiger’s Foot Trapped at Universoul

Written by PETA | August 12, 2011

UPDATE: After receiving a complaint from PETA about the incident below, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the exhibitor who provided the tiger to UniverSoul for handling the tiger in a manner that caused her stress and unnecessary discomfort. The exhibitor was also cited for failing to maintain the tiger’s enclosure in a manner that would protect her from injury. 

This is not the first time that this exhibitor has violated federal law. In 2008, he was ordered to pay a $6,000 penalty after two tigers escaped while touring with UniverSoul. In the past year, he has been cited for failing to provide big cats with a proper diet and feeding big cats unsafely handled meat.

 

Video footage of a tiger traveling with the UniverSoul Circus showing his foot trapped beneath the sliding door to his cage has prompted PETA to fire off a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Indianapolis Animal Care & Control asking for an immediate investigation into the animal’s condition. The video shows the tiger struggling to free his foot, panting, and in obvious distress.

 
UniverSoul rents its animal acts from exhibitors who have dismal records of animal care. The USDA has repeatedly cited UniverSoul’s animal exhibitors for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to provide veterinary care, medical records, and adequate space. Undercover video footage shows one exhibitor UniverSoul has used—Tim Frisco of the Carson & Barnes Circus—viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook as they scream in pain. The circus has also had at least three tiger escapes.

Please tell the USDA that you expect it to take immediate action to assess this tiger’s condition.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • may says:

    the video makes me very angry. those people, including those taking the video, were too heartless to even show a sense of urgency to get a creature out of an acutely painful situation.

  • caterina benello says:

    I will never never understand why people want to keep wild animals in cages. There is no reason in the world. Animals are NOT ours, we cannot do what we like to them. Please help this tiger and all the other imprisoned animals

  • Rachel Davidson says:

    Who was laughing?? If I was there I would’ve punched him in the face! That poor tiger, shouldn’t be in the circus anyway. :

  • Valerie says:

    THIS MAKES ME HEARTSICK!! THIS TIGER NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION!! IT COULD BLEED TO DEATH!!

  • skyway says:

    Why in the hell was no one doing anything about it? There was a woman in the frame who was behind the fence and did NOTHING!!!!!!?????

  • marymary says:

    I wonder if the person would be laughing if it was his or her foot caught like that. It never ceases to amaze me how humans don’t know what the word “empathy”means. Its putting your self in that situation and how you would react.

  • loosly says:

    The USDA should be ashamed not to close down all these stupid, cruel make shift circuses and all circuses that use animals.

  • Christine says:

    How can someone laugh at this situation? This poor tiger will probably be forced to perform with this injured foot (probably broken), and because this animal won’t perform correctly will be subject to even more abuse after the “show.” Not a laughing matter!

  • desanka says:

    This is crime. No mercy for animals… No low to protect them… No freedom… Nothing!

  • janet richetti says:

    You mean to tell me no one heard this animal crying in pain? They had to have, and ignored it.

  • Ruth says:

    You can do all the wrong you want, but don’t forget that when the time come when you are DYING, you can not ask God to forgive you for all the Cruelty that you have inflicted on his Creation because he will NOT listen! And if you do not believe in God, then the more fool you!!

  • Laura Young says:

    This circus should be shut down. This tiger should be taken away from these horrible people and relocated to an animal sanctuary. PLEASE look into this! This tiger might STILL be in this situation—in distress & in pain!

  • Amber Phippen says:

    It makes me sick when I read about how unhuman people are. I cant imagin being there and not taking the time to report this and standing there to make sure something is done right off. I cant walk away from things like that. If everyone could do one kind act just one and follow thru the world would be a better place. The sad thing is it is possible but everyone is too bussy or involved with themselfs that they wont. Thanks to all who care and do something about it.

  • mélanie says:

    quelle honte vite il faut faire quelque chose …c’est incroyable incroyable la betise humaine

  • Veronica Garcia says:

    THIS IS HORRIBLE..SOMEONE PLEASE HELP THIS POOR ANIMAL! HE’S IN OBVIOUS PAIN AND SUFFERING! How can someone record this video and laugh? So disgusting and disturbing!

  • sandra lenart says:

    Please check into the contition of this tiger he is clearly in distress and injured.

  • susangilbraith says:

    PLEASE HELP THIS POOR ANIMAL SO IT DOES’NT HAVE TO SUFFER ANYMORE ABUSE

  • Ricky Buttery says:

    Heartless & No Soul… I say boycot & that will hit them in the pocket / go broke & turn over the animals to good care givers

  • Karen says:

    Take the animals away and close them down

  • marsha says:

    this abuse has to stop today,it time our animals to be set free from this life of abuse…i will never ever will go to a zoo or a circus as long as i live. my mission in life right now is to get the word out on how these places these dirt bag places treat these poor animals,may you all rot in hell and you be put behind bars

  • April Wilk says:

    All these circuses should not be allowed to have animals

  • Debbie Zarb-Cousin says:

    This is so horrible! It is evil to use and abuse animals and should never be allowed in a civilised society.

  • Sue Flemign says:

    ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING THAT THIS HAPPENED!!!! HOW MANY MORE ANIMALS NEED TO SUFFER BEFORE STRICTER LAWS TO PROTECT THEM ARE PASSED.  CIRCUSES AND ANY GROUP WHO USES ANIMALS AS ENTERTAINMENT NEED TO BE SHUT DOWN AND ILLEGALIZED!!!  

  • Elizabeth says:

    Please investigate this. Do not let this go unpunished- use them as an example and please fight to stop circus’s from using animals!

  • Hedda Piffko-Hache says:

    THIS IS APPALLING!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE’S ACTUALLY SOMEONE LAUGHING IN THE BACKROUND! People are Careless and Brainless in so many ways, and I’m sure you all come in contact with them everyday! I don’t mean to be a downer but I’m so fed up dealing with IMBECILES! You hear the older generation saying ” whats wrong with these kids today” ANYONE HAVE ANY ANSWERS???