Photo by Mitch Saroka
Ami - PandaOps
Taiga - Myself
Minori - Ingrid
Featured in Acksonl's Colossalcon fanvideo!
These costumes are super comfortable, except when in the sun! They are a biiiit too warm, unfortunately. We didn't wear these costumes for too long because of the heat... but they were worn long enough to get a photo with the baby tiger at Colossalcon!!
''While cub displays are inherently cruel for the reasons given in this fact sheet, USDA regulations do allow them, but only for a few weeks. USDA has ruled that there should be no public contact with the cubs until they are at least 8 weeks old because that is when they receive their first injections to prevent disease. USDA has ruled that there should be no public contact after the cubs are 12 weeks old because they are large enough to be dangerous. So, the only time it is “legal” to have the public pet cubs is when they are between the ages of 8 weeks and 12 weeks.''
''The cubs are destined for a horrible existence after they are too big to use to make money.
This is the single biggest reason not to permit cub displays. If asked, exhibitors tell venues and patrons that the cubs will end up in some wonderful home, either at their facilities or elsewhere. Current USDA rules allow an owner to keep a tiger in a concrete floored, chain link jail cell not much bigger than a parking space, often with nothing to do but walk in circles or stare out. ''- Source: bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/…
''These cats have been bred just for the purpose of earning money for their keepers. The keepers have to sell you on a lie in order to part you from your money. That lie is usually to say that you are helping to save big cats in the wild, or that the cub was orphaned, or that the cub was rejected by his mother, or that the cats were bred to preserve the species.
The people who breed and use big cats this way can usually only use them while they are young. When they become too hard to handle, they are discarded or relegated into tiny cages for the rest of their 20-year lives.'' - bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/…
Here’s what you need to know about cub petting:
* These exhibitors are NOT sanctuaries. A true sanctuary does not offer cubs for petting or photo opportunities. True sanctuaries do not buy, breed, sell or kill any animals, no matter what the circumstances.
* The cubs at these places have been taken away from their mothers at an early age. Often, they are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth, which is an imperative stage in a cub’s life.
* USDA regulations now state that there should be no public contact with cubs until they are at least 8 weeks old, when they receive their first round of shots. Additionally, cubs should not be around humans after they are 12 weeks old, because then they are considered dangerous. Often times, cubs are younger or older than required, which can spread disease or cause harm to humans.
* The exhibitors at these places will tell people they have no choice, that the only way they can make money is to offer the cubs for tourists. The reality is that no true animal lover would abuse animals for financial support.'' - lionstigersandbears.org/animal…