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U.S. Decides to Send Tigers to War

Written by PETA | July 24, 2008

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Tiger in a Cage

Hang on to your steel-enforced combat hat, because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department is about to issue a permit to ship out two tigers from the U.S. to BAGHDAD (wha??!!). Yes, you read that right—the government is all set to send tigers into a war zone. I don’t know about you guys, but this whole situation sounds a little familiar … Pride of Baghdad, anyone? The award-winning graphic novel by Brian K. Vaughn is all about the true story of tigers who escaped from the Baghdad Zoo following an American bombing. At the end of the novel, the animals are shot to death by soldiers. Can it happen again? With the FWS’ help, perhaps so …

People are still being blown up in Baghdad, and no one knows what the future holds for human beings there. So is it really a safe and responsible place to send these massive, beautiful wild animals?

If you’re like me and you’re equally angered by this madness, check out what we have to say in our official action alert and let the Fish and Wildlife Service know what YOU think.

Posted by Christine Doré

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  • lynda downie says:

    Well put Antigone. What a keen intellect and sense of justice you have!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Michel Sauret You might feel differently about being in Iraq if you were there against your will forced to live in a cage and be gawked at by zoogoers and with no hope of ever being home again. It’s big of you though to support someone else’s imprisonment in a foreign countryI’m sure the tigers appreciate your weighing in.

  • Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret says:

    I don’t think you guys really know what’s going on in Baghdad. I was at the Zoo monday. There are no bombs going off. There was no gun fighting. Instead there were families and children and two separate families asked me a U.S. Soldier to take a photo with their children. I recently wrote a story about the tigers coming to Baghdad and it will be released Friday. You guys are all overreacting. I saw the tigers myself with my own two eyes and they’re fine. The Zoo staff and Veterinarian also received advanced training to treat exotic animals. Furthermore two different Veterinarians who specialize in humanitarian treatment visited the Zoo and approved its condition. Please everyone quit going nuts. I’m in Iraq right now and I’ve gone out several times in the past 4 months without a single attack everywhere I’ve gone.

  • lynda downie says:

    Don’t mess with the tigers! Tigers take shit from nobody. Ain’t that rightAntigone and Judith Freedom Fighter for Animals? Growl!!

  • Judith FFFA says:

    Antigone you nailed it. Many people on this board feel as if Maya conspires with the enemy! Sure does make you think. Or else shes after a husband! LOL Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!

  • questionmark says:

    Kudos to Antigone and to Maya in your last statement you are really honest! Thank you!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Antigone Wow that is the most eloquent statement. You’re right I’m not a real animal rights activist. I could never be as fluent in communication as you are. I’m sure that statement you just made to me will save a lot of animals! I imagine you must be a very effective attorney indeed with that mastery of the English language. LOL

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maya Sorry I’m not real big on buttkissing and soothing the consciences of those who mistreat animals. Besides you seem to have the market cornered on that all by yourself.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Lynda Thank you for swooping in with a sorely needed voice of reason!!! Unfortunately too many people use “legality” as the measure of “right” when we having lived in a country where slavery was legal should certainly know better. Instead of whining about how horrible the ALF and ELF are why don’t those “animallovers” do something LEGAL to stop what goes on in labs?? Easy to criticize what others do while they thenselves do nothing.

  • Judith FFFA says:

    Lynda You are an amazing compassionate and brilliant human being! Antigone you know how I feel about you. Amazing compassionate and brilliant also. Let’s continue the good fight my friend. Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!

  • lynda downie says:

    S.Q. Yes the FBI declared ALF and ELF to be terrorist groups. After all it wouldn’t do to have Big Business lose any of its revenue because of people who care more about animals than profits. Profits that aid the government. Incidentally neither ALF nor ELF have killed a single human but ProRights groups that bomb and yes have killed humans are not on the FBI’s terrorist list. Keep up the good fight Judith Freedom Fighter for Animals.!!

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Jesus Christ. This is why I never had children!!! Judith Antigone for god’s sake!! It’s our job to EDUCATE people. If someone comes onto this blog and provokes we need to stand up and rise above immature behavior. That is how we teach people. You will never change someone by teasing them you will only drive them back to that big plate of steak. S.Q. and Dr. Breen you have to understand that people who care for animal rights have a difficult time. We have to watch those we advocate for be abused and tortured every day. That’s not an excues for immature behavior but if someone is acting like a child ignore them. Do not respond unless you enjoyed the worst part of third grade.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Judith You have my respect. But thenyou and I are both AR…….

  • nicole says:

    dr breen u wanker if it’s a death threat 4 u to go over there why is it ok to send the tigers. and i couldn’t give a shit about your politics i’m only concerned for the tigers. idiot!

  • Judith FFFA says:

    Lucy You are absolutely correct. This world is really fucked up!!!!! A lot of really screwed up humans! Peace for all animals!

  • S.Q. says:

    Ah so Judith IS eight. Tsk tsk. What is happening with our children these days?

  • Judith FFFA says:

    S.Q. Stop whining! You can dish it but you can’t take it! Anything you may say to me rolls right off my back. You support who you want and I shall continue to support who I admire. It should make no difference to you. It is simply none of your business! Grow up and go haunt another board! Being a bully such as yourself has no affect on me! Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!

  • lucy says:

    this world is fucked up. not only do the U.S Send innocent men to war but they wanna send innocent animals to? U.S ARE A DISGRACE!

  • S.Q. says:

    Judith Oh no my poor friend YOU crack me up. I see you are one of the many people who use the anonymity of the internet to throw jeers and degrade others. I don’t think you could say that to my face no? I suppose I will tolerate your childish behavior on the internet but it is a big nono to insult me in person. Ah so you are one of the ALF lovers. Well in my book no cause can justify violence. Firebombing a building flooding a house whether for personal reasons or charity reasons is grotesque and wrong. Bloody revolution is your defense? Saving the animals through violence is the only way? We live in the 21st century. I think we can deal with our problems in a less barbaric way. See the wars happening around the world? See how those are working out? I guess violence won’t help your cause otherwise the U.S. would be out of Iraq by now. And did you know that by acting this way you are losing your credibility? How much your AR friends love you is no measure when people in the real world general citizens find you disgusting and rude. Those are the people you want to touch and affect and you my poor friend will only drive them away. I certainly will turn my back on any activist who calls me a ‘loser’. You command no one’s respect. Judith I will not call you a loser a moron stupid or sht head whatever. Because I am not at your level. Maybe you should grow up. Unless you are eight in which case I apologise. I don’t want to hurt a little kid. PS I live in Canada so I’m not interested in your U.S. politics at all. Good day.

  • S.Q. says:

    Maya Thanks for the info. I think I’ll do some more research to top up my knowledge.

  • Judith FFFA says:

    Breen and S.Q. Freedom of speech is a great thing. Terrorists? Death threats? You guys crack me up. I love all Peacemakers! Iraq is modernizing? Enjoy your dreamworld. You are a loser! I hope you enjoy sucking on Cheney’s little nob!!! LOSER! Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!

  • r says:

    they are all mad what the hell are they thinking we should be bring men soldiers and animals back not sending them there MY GOD IS THERE A BRAIN LEFT WITH THIS GOVERNMENT I DONT THNK SOWHEN THIS ADMIN LEAVES THEN WE CAN WORK ON A BETTER WORLD BUT until then we have to just keep whatching these useless human beings and their moronic ideas and plans

  • this isnt h0llyw0od says:

    idk who thinks that its ok to send tigers to that god forsaken waste of existence place. what the hell is wrong with them? people are begging for their husbandswives and children to return safe and ALIVE and they are going to send in essence defenseless tigers there to rot in misery? the tigers just cant get up and say ok im done here they will be stuck there for the rest of their natural lives in a damn iraqi zoo. unbelievable. what they should do is send the tigers to africa or another place where they can return to the wild who the hell are WE to decide their fate and send them to fuckng iraq. i hope those tigers escape. i really do.

  • S.Q. says:

    Judith They’re sending the tigers to a zoo not the war so I’m pretty sure they’ll stay out of direct lines of fire. When you say ‘most of my heroes wear masks’ are you saying the ALF and ELF? Because those are FBI certified terriorist groups and it worries me when people say they support them. Take care.

  • Phill says:

    Instead of sending real tigers as a “goodwill” gesture why don’t we just send a stuffed animal toy tiger to every Iraqi child. I think that’d do more to raise morale than imprisoning an endangered specie in a horrific environment where they might get blown up.

  • nicole says:

    well DR Breen in australia using the prefix DR means doctor!!!! and the whole point of this story is that this has been tried before!!! two tirgers escaped from a zoo and were shot!!! why? because the zoo was in a WAR ZONE and the place was bombed! i am against this becasue i don’t believe endangered animals shouild be shipped into a war zone where people probably don’t get care they need let alone an animal. i couldn’t care less if you think they may be properly cared for!!! why don’t you head over there and sit in cage “all in the name of peace of course”

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Hi S.Q. You bring up a good point how do we know how the tigers will be treated? Well I am basing it on the zoo’s history. You can read this info on PETA in several places and in a newspaper in Mebane but I’ll repeat it here. Many tigers have been killed at this zoo. Several tigers’ cage was damaged by mortar blasts and those tigers escaped. After the tigers escaped they were shot by American soldiers. Some other American soldier decided to try and feed one of the caged tigers. The soldier stuck his arm in the cage and not surprisingly got bitten. The soldier’s comrades shot the tiger to death. Many other animals at the zoo have been stolen skinned for clothing eaten or injured in wartime fighting near the zoo. This is absolutely not the first time I’m hearing this information. Not only has PETA reported it many other wild animal welfare groups have written about this. It has tons of “street cred” as they say. LOL. Sorry for the long comment.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    S.Q. The motive is peace? I don’t think the Iraqi insurgency will buy it.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Dr. Breen There is a quite simple way to tell if the tigers will be mistreated. It’s judging by how all the other Baghdad Zoo animals were treated. Let me give you an analogy let’s say you had a very young daughter and you wanted to send her to daycare. You researched the daycare and you found out that 5 children from the daycare had brusies all over them at the end of the day the caregivers beat the chidren and several had broken arms as a result of the care there. And oh yeah THE DAYCARE IS IN BAGHDAD! So answer this would you send your daughter there?

  • Tabitha says:

    BTW once again PETA congrats on the misleading headline.

  • Tabitha says:

    CAPTAAAAAAAIN RESEARCH TO THE RESCUE!!! From CBSnews.com In the bedlam of Baghdad the zoo seems more like an oasis. But like its lions the zoo is lucky to still be around CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports. In the battle for Saddam’s Baghdad zoo animals were caught in the crossfire. Few survived and just barely. The big cats were found starving some roaming the zoo grounds. Fivehundred other animals disappeared most stolen by looters. Some were sold others eaten. Even now the zoo’s director winces remembering the worst moments. Like slaughtering the ostrich to feed his starving lions. “I was trying to save these rare animals” he said through a translator. “It was really important to save these animals.” Animals like Salimah the cheetah survived. Then the zoo was saved too. Only a few dozen of the zoo’s original 560 animals survived the war. Now the rebuilt zoo has more than 150 animals. U.S. military civil affairs units helped the zoo restock animals like this hyena and many other animals. To the Iraqis it’s more than a zoo. It’s a symbol of hope and of getting their lives back. Walking around does feel peaceful almost normal. So unlike Baghdad over the past five years. This year millions of Iraqis will see fish painted with the Iraqi flag. It’s the best cheap date in Baghdad just thirty cents to get in. “It’s away from the gunfire and away from their everyday lives” said Jacob Mattocks of U.S. civil affairs. “It’s an escape people from all different neighborhoods and sects and background come to the zoo where they can all interact.” In this improbable story of survival Iraqis see something else a little bit of themselves.

  • SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION says:

    This news is utterly disturbing megalomania is ruling in Babylon!

  • Judith FFFA says:

    Why don’t they send these 3 fuckers instead Bush Cheney and Rove and put them in a cage and use those fuckers as Cannon Fodder! I want a picture of that! I’ll put it in my Library. I sent my letter! This is not a safe place to go! Friendly Fire anyone! Peace for all animals! Most of my heroes wear masks!

  • Carla says:

    They are trying to replace the animals that were killed off in that zoo!?? Oh “MY WORD” I’ll try to be frank here… BUT THIS IS NO PLACE FOR ANIMALS LET ALONE HUMANS!!! My letter is sent!!! God help them!! Peace

  • nicole says:

    dr breen are you really a dr because i find it hard to believe after that comment. The tigers are going to a zoo!!! and no matter what the reason they are going they are still wild animals that aren’t here for us to trade or keep captive!!! and to send these amazing creatures into a war zone is ridiculous! the US really needs someone who gives a shit about animals to make deicisions about things like this instead of heartless idiots who love money and have little respect for life

  • S.Q. says:

    Dr. Breen According to the action alert they are going to a zoo. Yes the motive was peace. A ‘gesture of goodwill.’ I’d have to do more research before taking sides though. For all I know the tigers could be treated very well.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Dr. Breen Read the action alertthere’s at least two reasons there.

  • Katie says:

    Wha?! I know that our government is screwed up but I never thought that they would just condemn wild animals for their own kicks and giggles. What exactly is the point of doing this?

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Unbelieiveable. Tigers are not gift store items America.