Judit and Juergen Nerger illegally left massive cats in cramped, barren crates and ditched six tigers at a roadside zoo in Sarasota, Florida, all after their circus present enterprise failed. They had beforehand saved tigers in Illinois, however by carting the animals to Florida and failing to alert the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the couple evaded federal inspections for years. So, to stop them from sneaking round and harming animals once more, PETA’s urging the USDA to terminate their federal Animal Welfare Act license.
“The tigers were being kept in travel cages approximately 7.5′ x 7.5′ in area,” a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report famous.
In PETA’s letter to the company, we level to a current report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission indicating that the Nergers lacked authorization to maintain tigers in Florida, but they unlawfully saved six tigers at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, the place Juergen Nerger informed the roadside zoo proprietor “that he intended to leave the country and leave his cats behind.” While at Big Cat Habitat, 5 tigers had been saved in cramped crates, and the Nergers agreed to relinquish the tigers to the state. The roadside zoo organized for them to be shipped off to Tennessee-based Tiger Haven—a disreputable facility the place an 18-year-old almost misplaced her arm throughout a current tiger assault.
We estimate that there are fewer than 10 exhibitors routinely displaying massive cats in circuses and gala’s within the U.S.—a transparent signal that the general public has no real interest in merciless, outdated acts that exploit wild animals.
So whereas Judit and Juergen’s tiger present enterprise is already on the outs, there’s nonetheless one thing we are able to do to assist massive cats like these exploited and uncared for by the Nergers: Never go to any animal “attraction,” take part in a cub picture op, or pay to work together with unique or wild animals. Let your family and friends know that purchasing tickets to such actions perpetuates cruelty …