A Voice For The Wild Cats of the World
Texas Tiger Trafficking
December 9, 2011Posted by on
I always have my ears perked for appearances of cats in the media. This happened this week while watching the episode of ABC’s Caslte, titled “Cuffed.” While not a major plot point, cat conservation played a role.
Specifically, it dealt with tiger breeding and trafficking in Texas. One character mentioned that laws regarding the possession of wild animals quite lax. This is actually a serious problem: there are 3000 tigers in Texas, more than the wild population in India. Tiger breeders many be registered, or someone with a couple of tigers in the backyard. In 2008, a woman was charged with selling tiger cubs in a Wal-Mart parking lot. There are few few laws restricting this, and the ones on the books are only sporadically enforced.
Taking in a house cat is a big responsibility, and it a tamer, smaller animal. Caring for a tiger requires space, lots of food, and specialized equipment just for a checkup, is beyond the means of private individuals. Professionals have these resources. Unfortunately, only 10% of the tigers in the United States are in accredited zoos or sanctuaries. There are lots of other reasons not to have a tiger, or any other wild cat, as a pet.
Tiger breeding is a serious problem, and can result in harm to the animals, to even the tragedy seen recently in Ohio. If you want to see these magnificent creatures, the best way is to go to your local zoo.