Letter to the Editor: Reader writes in on CWSF tiger show
Calling the white tiger show that is scheduled to appear at this summer’s Central Wisconsin State Fair educational would be laughable if the situation wasn’t just so utterly tragic. What we know about the natural behavior of tigers – that they roam vast distances, hunt, seek out mates, raise families, swim in rivers and bask in the sun – has not been learned from hauling these magnificent animals around in stuffy trucks so people can watch them pacing in cages at fairgrounds.
To make matters worse, All Things Wild has a long history of federal Animal Welfare Act violations that include unsafe handling of big cats, repeated failure to provide veterinary care, failure to feed tigers a nutritious diet, repeated failure to provide clean drinking water, filthy enclosures, and inexperienced and unknowledgeable employees caring for big cats.
I go to the fair for roller coaster rides, bands, and anything deep-fried. The thought of miserable tigers, confined to tiny cages and sweltering in the heat, will make me think twice before attending this year’s fair.