Have you heard about that classy lady over in Brownsville, Texas, who was selling six Bengal tiger cubs in a Wal-Mart parking lot? Makes you wanna spit, doesn’t it? Even if you have no idea what can become of one of these regal creatures in the hands of nefarious wildlife pimps, a simple guess should lead you to an unhappy conclusion.
“They buy them as babies,” said the officer on the scene. “They don’t realize it’s going to get to be hundreds of pounds, eat an awful lot of food and become dangerous.” I can picture Joe Schmo at home with his 6-month-old tiger now … wow! Who knew a hyper-carnivorous alpha predator with 1,000 lbs. bite strength could eat so much? And wow, she’s already way too big for a doghouse!
Sadly, it’s actually become quite a trend to have a tiger, as 15,000 are kept as “pets” in the States. Since most of the shortsighted people looking to acquire an exotic animal on the black market don’t happen to live in a 400-square-mile forest, when adopted into civilian homes, tigers face futures filled with malnutrition, loneliness, and captivity-induced mental illness. Now, while pondering to make the wonderfully progressive decision to write a letter or support a tiger sanctuary, if you want, you can still go ahead and spit.
Posted by Missy Lane