Dade City’s Wild Things Ordered to Stop ‘Swim With Tigers’ Program

An administrative law judge ordered Dade City’s Wild Things to stop its “swim with tigers” encounters and pay a civil penalty of $21,000. The judge also considered a 60-day suspension of Dade City’s exhibitor license and found that the facility willfully violated the federal AWA by exposing young tigers to “rough or excessive public handling” during swim encounters and failing to handle the tigers with minimal risk of harm to the animals and the public.

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