How are Rich People Able to Buy Exotic Pets Like Tigers?

How are Rich People Able to Buy Exotic Pets Like Tigers?

As you may or may not know, there are around
twice as many tigers in the United States, around 5,000-10,000, as there are in the wild
in the rest of the world, with the vast majority of those big cats belonging not to zoos, but
private owners who keep them as pets. So how are people legally able to acquire
these animals? To begin with, at the federal level, there
are no real regulations on the sale of these particular exotic animals outside of the Captive
Wild Animal Safety Act of 2003, which was put in place to try to quell the rise in popularity
of people purchasing big cats. However, this is extremely limited in scope,
mostly just banning, outside of certain exceptions, transporting them across state lines. That said, as most of these big cats are bred
locally in the U.S., and, particularly with cubs, it’s not difficult to transport them
across state lines without getting caught, this has proved a minimal hurdle in acquiring
such an animal. Further, given there is no federal registry
or the like of who has these animals, it likewise makes it relatively easy to flout the rules. On that note, there are a mishmash of laws
at the state level concerning tiger and other exotic animal ownership, but these are often
not strictly enforced, and in some cases there are no rules at all. For example, if you happen to live in Nevada,
Alabama, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and South Carolina you’ll find you can just go buy one
without telling anyone- no permit or license required, outside of the fact that North Carolina
allows counties to have their own rules here, and Wisconsin requires you get a permit if
you’re bringing the animal in from another state, which as noted is mostly illegal outside
of some exceptions. Additionally, there are at least a dozen more
states where buying an exotic pet like a lion or baboon requires simply filling out a bit
of paperwork and paying a small permit fee. On top of that, going back to states where
owning something like a tiger is illegal, there’s a loophole- a license from US Department
of Agriculture to display the animal. Specifically, most anyone can classify themselves
as an “exhibitor” under the USDA’s guidelines, which to quote them state, “Licensed exhibitors
include circuses, zoos, educational displays, petting farms/zoos, animal acts, wildlife
parks, marine mammal parks, and some sanctuaries.” The USDA offers no further clarification on
what exactly it constitutes, say an “educational display”, leaving it up to interpretation. So, for example, a person could, in theory,
obtain a license, buy a tiger and then put it in a cage with a printout of the Wikipedia
page for that breed of tiger next to it and then occasionally let friends and family see
their little educational exhibit. This would not only be perfectly legal, but
in some cases may even allow an especially enterprising individual to potentially write
the cost of the tiger off in their taxes if done right. As to the process to get that USDA license,
the fees are only $10 to apply and then around $30-$300 per year after that, varying based
how many animals and type you want to have. Beyond that, to qualify you just have to show
you have the minimum required facilities required by the USDA. Unfortunately for the tigers, this USDA minimum
is not anywhere close to the level considered needed by the Global Federation of Animal
Sanctuaries nor the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Also much to the chagrin of animal rights
activists, after you get the license, the government is notoriously lax when it comes
to regulating the facilities of licensed exhibitors, reportedly only checking in around once per
year typically, if at all. On top of that, as it is the job of the owner
of the animals to keep a record of what animals they have for the USDA to inspect when they
do come out, it’s not terribly difficult to hide the fact that you might have more animals
than you’re showing them, if you think you don’t have the minimum required facilities
for a given animal. Furthermore, even in cases where facilities
are found to fall below these standards, the more exotic animals are rarely confiscated
because, to put it simply, there’s often nowhere for them to go, with better equipped
sanctuaries and zoos already overrun thanks to many owners buying a cute little easy to
manage tiger cub, only to quickly find out they bit off more than they could chew when
the tiger potentially reaches 500-800 lbs and is up to 12 feet long from tip to tip… Naturally, once reality of taking care of
an adult tiger hits, a lot of owners place a rather desperate call to sanctuaries and
zoos to see if someone will take the animal. If unable to find a home, sadly, simply putting
the animals down isn’t uncommon. Factor in fairly minor fines and repercussions
for being caught violating the USDA’s rules here and there’s little incentive for a
person with tiger buying money to care about potentially incurring the wrath of the laws,
even sometimes the state level ones. Moving away from the US for a moment, in many
other parts of the world the ownership and sale of exotic creatures is regulated a little
more strictly, in the extreme in countries like Austria where owning a tiger is outright
banned outside of zoos and sanctuaries. For most countries, however, it is still allowed,
usually requiring the purchase of a license or permit, though generally with more regulations
to actually get the license. For example, in the UK, it’s actually perfectly
legal to own a tiger, but the laws surrounding the ownership of exotic animals are a little
more strict and more heavily enforced thanks to the Dangerous Wild Animal Act 1976. This stipulates that people must buy an annual
license and must adhere to strict guidelines and regular inspections, as well as carry
liability insurance for the animal in case it runs amok. As an aside, we’d like to note that the
Dangerous Wild Animal Act of 1976 is quite the read for anyone who’s interested and
it notes, amongst other things, that Britons are free to keep aardwolves (a bit like a
small hyena, but fascinatingly eats bugs mostly), otters, and seals as pets without a permit. In any event, given the slightly more strict
rules and tracking, it is known that in the UK exotic pets kept legally include 300 American
bison (some of the most dangerous creatures in the world to humans statistically, which
has hindered efforts towards their mass domestication for agriculture), over 500 monkeys, 250 poisonous
snakes, 50 crocodiles, 2,000 ostriches, and approximately 150 big cats, mostly leopards. As to why leopards are so popular, apparently
these are often used to interbreed with domestic cats- the idea being to create new, smaller
and slightly more domesticated versions of the animals to sell as pets. Moving on to actually purchasing the creatures,
up until 2014 in Britain, the one stop shop for an exotic pet was Harrods’ Pet Kingdom
in London. Prior to the introduction of the Endangered
Species Act 1976 the Pet Kingdom sold nearly every kind of animal requested, and even after
had quite the variety, at its peak containing a stock on hand that rivaled that of the London
Zoo. Wealthy Britons were known to be able to walk
into Harrods’ and casually buy three scarves and a crocodile, with the store having a reputation
for inscrutable standards of service- a fact epitomised by the story, whether true or not
is hard to determine, of the time King Zog of Albania called to inquire about buying
an elephant. Rather than think this might be a prank call,
the story goes that the concierge answering the phone simply responded without missing
a beat, “African or Indian, sir?” In more modern times, as we can attest, a
quick and very basic Google search is about all you need to do to find a slew of outlets
willing to sell you a tiger or many other such exotics animals, in some places, like
certain states of the U.S., even locally. This all brings us around to the cost of acquiring
said tiger. It turns out you don’t need to be rich at
all. If you’d like an adult tiger, this can sometimes
be acquired for free from an owner trying to get rid of theirs. As for cubs, depending on exact type, you
can usually find one for in the realm of $1000 to $3000, though they can be more expensive
for some of the most prized. For example, an albino tiger cub can cost
upwards of tens of thousands of dollars each. A further thing to consider on that one is
that those albino tigers are so incredibly inbred at this point that they come with massive
health care costs. This brings us to the first of the expensive
costs of owning a tiger- healthcare. As you can imagine, there are only a small
percentage of vets willing and skilled enough to attend a tiger, and they don’t exactly
offer their services on the animals cheap, typically. Further, in some cases, finding such a vet
requires actually transporting the tiger long distances, which is a bit more of a process
than simply throwing said animal in the back of your car. In fact, even if you can train your tiger
to put up with this (and you can manage to fit it in) and not be a risk to your driving
(or just you in general if they get antsy in cars), most vets will not accept a tiger
for care uncaged. Thus, for transport, it’s generally recommended
you purchase or construct a rather large, extremely sturdy cage, which then can be placed
in the back of a truck or on a trailer to be towed. Next up we have food. A full grown tiger will need in the ballpark
of 15 lbs (7 kg) of meat per day, plus supplemental nutrients as the horse and cow meat many owners
use doesn’t provide the diverse diet the animals need. That said, some intrepid individuals have
found ways around this rather large expenditure. For example, the co-author of this piece actually
grew up near a woman in Washington State who owned a pet black panther, a lion, a tiger,
a cougar she kept in her house, and an absolutely massive wolf- the only one of her animals
guests were not allowed to pet, or even go near at all, which was completely understandable
when watching the animal watch you as you walked within its eyesight. What it had on its mind was not subtle… This woman of fairly simple means was easily
able to supply the food needed for all her animals via road kill, mostly deer, she either
collected herself or was brought to her house by road care workers. She would typically throw a deer or two in
for the animals to chow down on per week, and otherwise made sure to stay out of the
cage if it had been a few days since they’d eaten. Of course, it’s one thing to have enough food,
a whole other thing entirely to have enough space to humanely keep the animals. For reference here, a typical male tiger naturally
has a range of around 40 square miles (about 100 square kilometers), whereas the females
tend to like around 7 square miles (about 18 square kilometers). Few have that kind of land, but even a small
acreage is tricky because tigers are notoriously good at escaping from even tall fences, leading
to many just throwing them in small cages to make sure they stay put and for general
safety. It’s at this point we should note that tigers
never stop seeing humans as prey, even the humans who raise them from their earliest
life. For example, one Cindy Gamble of Minnesota
who had cared for her tigers, among many other dangerous animals, for over a decade found
her life abruptly ended when, for whatever reason, her 500 lb pet Bengal tiger decided
to go ahead and kill her in 2006. In yet another case, this one in 2003, a 10
year old boy, Clayton James Eller, was shoveling snow when he got a little too close to his
aunt and uncle’s tiger cage, which had a small opening under the chain link fence so that
their dog could go in and play with the tiger. On that note, by all accounts up to that point,
the tiger in question had always been extremely friendly to humans, including Clayton, and
animals, such as their dog. Tragically for the boy and his family, that
particular day for whatever reason the 400 pound animal decided to reach under the fence,
grab Clayton and pull him in and precede to maul him. The boy’s uncle, James, almost immediately
rushed into the cage and with all his strength tried to get the the Tiger off the boy and
to stop the attack, but was unsuccesful. He then ran and got his gun and shot the tiger
dead. Sadly, Clayton didn’t survive the ordeal. Perhaps the most famous case of such privately
owned animals running amok is the Zanesville Zoo Massacre which occurred in Ohio in 2011. In this case, one Terry Thompson decided to
set loose the majority of his little personal zoo, with the animals released comprising
two wolves, one macaque monkey, one baboon, six black bears, three mountain lions, two
grizzly bears, three cougars and a whopping 17 lions (nine male, eight female), and 18
absolutely massive Bengal tigers… When police first got a call of a then unknown
number of escaped animals at Thompson’s place and no sign of Thompson, they assumed perhaps
he’d finally been killed by one of his animals. In years leading up to the event, they’d been
trying to get the animals taken away from Thompson, particularly after he did a stint
in jail and was deemed by authorities as a bit unstable, even speculated to have been
schizophrenic. Things didn’t improve when his debts mounted
and his wife left him. However, as he was breaking no laws, they
couldn’t get the dangerous animals taken away. When the police arrived on the scene, they
found Thompson had shot himself at some point after setting his animals free, leaving them
with a very dangerous situation they were ill equipped to deal with. To get an idea of what it was like on hand,
we have an account from one of Thompson’s neighbors, Sam Kopchak, who was the first
to notice the issue when his horses started freaking out. Upon investigating, he saw a slew of animals
observing his horses. He notes, “I’m telling you, the lion is bad
enough, and the lioness is bad enough, and the wolf is bad, and the bear, but…don’t
be around the tiger. The tigers are actually bigger than the lions
if they’re fully grown. He started snarling, and went after the horses.” Unable to safely corral the dozens of dangerous
animals running wild in the concentrated area, and with no time to call in professionals
and people with tranquilizers without potentially letting some of the animals escape into the
night, the police ended up having to kill all of them outside of the few that the animals
themselves had already killed in the interim. This massacre was much to the devastation
of many called to kill the poor animals, and was considered even more tragic in the case
of the 18 Bengal tigers as there are only a few thousand of those left in the wild in
the world and an unknown number in captivity. As you might imagine, this event saw many
states, including Ohio, put in place stricter rules about owning such animals though, as
often lamented by animal rights activists, having rules and anyone actually bothering
to enforce them are two different things, let alone the loopholes that exist.

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  1. Thanks Vincero for sponsoring this episode. Get 15% off a fantastic Vincero watch: Use the code "brainfood" @

  2. SIMON WHISTLER!!!!!! Alcohol history…..Proof, ABV, how did people know their alcohol? Where did these terms come from?

  3. We have a 7 pound Calico. That's big enough thank you! I have seen Pumas in the wild and they are impressive and majestic.
    We control and regulate so much now, why not more oversight over predators?

  4. Oh my days, the sponser went on for 1.55 – I soon realised I don't give a damn about how rich people are able to have tigers as pets – I can throw a stone and guess and probably assume right; rich people can do what the fuck they want, rules apply to those who can't buy their way through life ONLY.

  5. I have foxes, coyotes, bears, and deer in my front lawn every day and night, But, whenever I see lions, tigers, and what have you, It is Hunting time, Daddy needs a fireplace Rug.

  6. Tiger: Huh. I just had a fantasy that I shred the human lying on top of me into little peices. I wonder if it really happened. (Looks around.) Not this time. Gee I'd feel bad about that.

  7. Can someone help me, first off I don't believe that there are 5000-10000 tigers and lions that are privately owned. I don't know anyone that has any of these animals. And the person in this video is saying like it's very easy to buy a tiger in the US like going to the store and buying a piece of meat. On the internet I don't see any breeders or any tigers for sale in the US at all. Even the exotic autions that are in the west for by even sell them. So where do these people actually get these animals and how is it possible that there are 5000-10000 tigers and lions in private ownership, if anyone knows this, please I would love to know. It's terrible that these animals have to be kept in such a small cage, that's abuse.

  8. I worked with a guy who was called in to go to Ohio and help euthanize some of the animals that were released. None of us knew it but evidently he is one of many on a federal list people that are tasked with taking out animals that are out of control.

  9. I love my itty bitty house kitties. But, big or small, cats are cats. And, I've lived with mine long enough to know I definitely DO NOT want a humongous scaled-up version of them! Even if it was lazy, declawed, and toothless, I still wouldn't want to be around a large full-grown tiger when it decides to try out the whole "If I fits, I sits" thing. And, I know what my 100 lb. dog leaves in the yard. That's bad enough. I'm sure as hell not cleaning up after something 4-8+ times his size!

  10. Simon & team….Let me first thank you for the video. I have always loved Black Panthers and as a teenager wanted one. Living on a farm raising and training horses and cows, and being gullible I thought I could train anything. My father told me that “Panthers and Tigers cannot be trained and would eventually kill you son.” To set the point in my mind he took me to a zoo and introduced me to the big cat keeper. This man took the time to explain everything to me and show me the behind the scenes enclosure. The last thing he explained was why he carried a gun at all times around the animals. No, not to kill the animals “humans are much too slow for that,” he said. “It to shoot me, because I don’t want to be eaten alive!” I have never had a wild animal, and firmly believe wild things should stay wild. A minor complaint. The background music in this video made me think I was going insane and hearing things. Please, understand it’s like subliminal advertising except with music – just don’t.

  11. it has always bothered me how people refer to pickled cucumbers as "pickles" but pickled eggs for example refer to as "pickled eggs". Today I was staring at a jar of dill pickles and hated that it was full of cucumbers and not full of dill… then I ate the pickled cucumbers but not the dill…

  12. Yeah, I run a private cat/animal Rescue and I'm certain the first generation rescues of stray cats might have beendesended from cat/Bob Cat mix as they looked like domestic cats but were 3x-4x bigger then the kind of cats they look of…….which was good as the Norse roof rats here get up to the size of small of medium dogs

    In fact I fed the neighborhood cats when the rat population would wane to keep them from attacking and eating the small and medium dogs in the Neighborhood…. but occasionally a dog/new dog wouldn't realize the neighborhood cats had noear of them and get thrown 20 feet if they were lucky….looked odd to see the dogs running for their lives from cats that were hungry or pissed off at them

    Some of them were more tolerant and my Nigel who was a kitten at the time would play chase and play fight with the neighbors 6 month old Bull Dog that was only a little bigger then him at same age (he would also body slam Dead or mostly dead Norse roof Rats that re same size as him..3 feet ish as a kitten)

    Because the cats I take care of have spontaneously tried to rip off a finger or toe or started attacking my calf or foot or hand aggressively in sudden rough play I'm gonna assume a Tiger or Lion deciding it wants to play with you or set off by your movements is what turned deadly

    Just as my toes or my hands or calf twitching/moving set off a pounce/attack instinct in my cats no doubt the boy shoveling set off the Tiger and whatever motion the Lady was doing to close to the animal set off its predator pounce instinct

    Seingfried and Roy mid interview rapped a Tiger on the nose cause they saw sign it was about to get aggressive during the interview to dominate it back into submission

    I likewise have had to preemptively pin down a few of my pseudo bobcats and stare down their challenge till they go from a growl back to a submissive mew to keep "Alfa" relationship with them… (the thumb/toe/calf/hand pounce turned into a pull off and pin/stare down)

  13. Just wondering, are the writers socialists? Most of these videos seem to want more laws and more government intervention.

  14. You take 10 minutes to explain, I can do it in a few lines:
    Rich people have money, and money talks, loudly and convincingly, so when someone tries to stop rich people from doing something, they get a talking to and get convinced to not stop the rich, sometimes even enough convincing to help them. Slapping people with wads of money is a very effective way of getting things done.

  15. Traffic in wild animals rivals that of the drug trade (and the two are often linked – drugs sewn inside or fed to wildlife, for instance). First and foremost, the fur trade needs to be banned, globally and totally. Second of all, stop defending the destruction of wildlife because of "human culture". Humans can change their culture, no matter their damn skin culture … right? NO ONE needs to eat wildlife since livestock exists.

    As for the wolf, the reason no one would be allowed near it, is because it was raised in isolation, and so is probably insane from it. Wolves need their own, just like the domestic race needs humans.

  16. Woah woah….i think we needa deeper dive on the last section about that guy setting his petting zoo free. Could be grrrrreat.

  17. Exotic pets can be very rewarding but ONLY IF you know what you are getting into ahead of time and are willing to give them what they need. It's very sad when there are no protections in place for them, but we have to consider too that there ARE people willing and able to care for exotic pets. Having an exotic pet, you also have to remember at all times that they are wild animals and if they bite or hurt you, it's not their "fault." Personally, I got my exotic pet (a parrot) as an adult from someone who needed to find a new home for her. In general, I wonder if some kind of bond system might work, where if, e.g. you want to buy a new exotic pet (as opposed to taking in an adult), you put up a bond that will pay for its removal to a sanctuary and its care if you can no longer look after it.

  18. Hi Simon! I asked a question about the way a reward is offer in case of a missing person and im just wondering if you're gonna do a video about it?! Thanks

  19. I own cats. I like owning cats. I like them as companions. I DON'T WANT cats that are close to my size. I see the killer instincts in my cats. I see the thought go through their heads, "if I was bigger… I would attack you, it would be fun". I'm not mean to my cats. It's just that cats are predators and enjoy attacking and killing things. House cats are "safe" because they are small enough that they, for the most part, can't /actually/ threaten our lives. (along with a level of domestication to reduce just how aggressive they are)

    The tiger that mauled the boy? Yeah, he was probably just bored and wanted to play and the boy looked like fun.

  20. here in Colorado, we have a, mostly, big cat sanctuary, called
    "The Wild Animal Sanctuary" ( look it up)
    Where they rescue animals, mostly large cats, from various private owners, circuses, and zoos, all over the world. They have large open areas, for them to roam, fences like 2 stories tall, maybe 3, and a walk way suspended above it all for viewing. Sure its not the wild, but its far better than the zoo, or some ones private cage. If you need lions and tigers and cougars in your life, spend your money supporting this place, and places like it, you and the animals will both get alot more for your money, and less problem that if you tried to buy your own.

  21. With Zanesville, the owner had made it impossible for the police to cage the animals by cutting large holes in the cages. The police wanted to at least lock those animals that hadn't left their cages in, but after finding the holes they knew there was no other choice and so were force to euthanize all but a handful whose cages were still intact and locked.

  22. 12:40 "Perhaps the most famous case…"
    Me: Is he getting to Siegfried and Roy?
    mentions a huge thing in Ohio I'd never heard of
    Holy crap.

  23. Awesome video as always! I have a question – why do South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania's national anthems all have the same tune? Who stole it from who?

  24. I wish all tigers would kill their rich owners as revenge for their impending extinction… That goes for all predetors by the way

  25. There are plenty of great domesticated animals to own and love. Why would you want a tiger when you could have a cat, which has a much lower lethality level? If you want something "exotic", just get a ferret or something.

  26. Just as a fun fact but there are actually Snakes that are considered poisonous and venomous at the same time. The Tiger Keelback is one of these species that is native to Asia and derives it’s poison from the toxins produced from the frogs and toads they eat. Keelback also produces it’s own venom that is used almost exclusively for killing prey while the poison is used defensively. Their fangs make it almost impossible for them to optimally use the venom for defense because the fangs are placed so far back in their mouth. However, I am pretty sure in this case of the script he meant venomous snakes not poisonous.

  27. Can't people just stop being stupid and stop buying 'wild animals' as a type of 'status!'
    Hello! wild animals will always have a chance to eat them!

    Not shocked when they get killed by their own 'wild animal/status animal'

  28. We humans have an arrogant belief that we can control all other species on Earth. No matter how dangerous they are. If we can we make animals like tigers into trophies. If we cannot, we hunt them for sport or kill them outright when domesticated ones become a danger.

  29. In Australia we are shocked by the Americans ability to buy and own so many different animals as pets including a lot of our native animals that are illegal to own in our own country. Most of us find it absolutely disgusting that people overseas keeping our native animals as pets as the only way they could get these pets would have to be smuggled out of the country even those who are born overseas the original animal would of been smuggled out. I'm guessing this is happening to many other countries for there native animals like big cats.

  30. I'm glad you mentioned the guy in ohio. I remember when that happened. My neighbor had all of his horses killed and when he called fish and game to come out they told him it had been a leopard. I did not go hiking in my woods for weeks after that.

  31. Not a single comment about the ethics (or lack of) of keeping these poor animals. Don't buy exotic pets. Don't support the exotic pet trade.

  32. The video is great but the commercial midway thru trying to make mechanics look like thieves was annoying. They loosened the gas cap and took the car to the mechanic, and yeah the mechanic didn't get the right answer, but he did get one of the 4 answers that would have come up for the code that shows up when the gas cap is loose or missing.

  33. "Animals running amok"
    The animals were doing what they were born to do! It was the "owners" who ran amok!

    Seriously: what cat "owner" doesn't understand the cat owns them?

  34. I don’t like big flashy chunky watches. Nice classic low profile and functional is good enough for me.

    *cue rustic music and Sam Elliot voice over: an unstated but hard working watch, the kind of watch more at home with friends and beers them walking the red carpet. The kind of watch that’ll shake your hand and look you in the eye. Simple watches.

  35. I wonder when that English pet store closed, hopefully not before someone had the opportunity to call up and go "What is the price of a fully laden swallow?"

  36. Venomous snakes If it bites you and you die, it's venomous. if you bite it and you die, it's poisonous. Thanks for the vid!

  37. Yeah I do remember hearing the news when I was a kid about an exotic animals escape in the wild in Ohio. It’s a good thing I lived in Columbus, OH.

  38. Simon tbh I think a shorter sponsored segment is more effective. I am now just skipping the first two minutes of your videos. 30 seconds I'd watch but 2 minutes is too long.

  39. There are a number of factual issues with this episode, way more than the average:
    1. The number of privately owned tigers in the US is smaller than usually mentioned, and most are either in sanctuaries and zoos, whether privately owned or municipal, small or large. The real figure is probably under 2000 (maybe even 1000) for genuine personal ownership, and a few thousand in other forms of private ownership, including zoos and breeders.
    2. Most of them are not spayed and serve a valuable function in maintaining a healthy diverse genetic population in captivity.
    3. White tigers are NOT albino, and they are not significantly more inbred than regular morphs. That used to be the case many decades ago, but breeding practices have significantly improved thanks to the practical application of science. Nobody wants sickly animals.
    4. Large cat ownership in various places in the US is significantly more restrictive than the global average. Most jurisdictions around the world don't distinguish practices between types of wild animal (other than importation based on endangered status) – in many places, as long as the origin is a breeder selling the animal as a pet, it's a pet with no requirement to set up zoo type caging.
    5. Most big cat pets are significantly better off than they would be in a zoo or sanctuary, due to the fact that they are generally owned singly or in small numbers.
    6. Instances of "I didn't realize they would grow that big / need that much care" are rare. They exist, but compared to smaller animals or even domestics, they are proportionally rare.
    7. There has only been an average of one fatality every 2 years with all big cats. Most of them have been from tigers. All of them owners/keepers/immediate family. Most also involve zoos or large collections. All of them caged (so somewhat separated). There have been no instances of free roaming (in house/yard) felids (not just pantherines) killing anyone in over a century in the US.
    8. Big cat incidents tend to get over-reported vs other animal types. Some are even fake. A good example is Big Cat Rescue that toured some animals with fake sob stories, even if they were actually bought or loaned from a breeder. Avoid them, they're a private collection that make a pile of money in donations, but actually keep sub standard conditions, while bashing anything that isn't a 'sanctuary' so they can get in good with "animal rights".
    9. "Animal rights" activists and organization are a very bad source for factual information. Animal welfare organizations are much much better, but on this subject they have fallen for the hype.
    10. Recent state and municipal level legislation was aimed at reducing exotic ownership in general, not bettering conditions. This has led to a number of animals (of all types) being put down or put into facilities that have inferior conditions, moved away from their 'family'. It has also led to a reduction in captive population numbers in various places, which is very bad for conservation.

  40. when in university i found out i could easily buy a tiger cub for $5k. But after reading the horror stories of owners and the hassle required for care.

  41. Tigers eat people? Say it ain't so. FFS, there's a reason we call them wild animals. The clue is in the name. Big cats will never be just a big kitty, no matter how many people wish it so. We domesticated dogs thousands of years ago, but there are still times when dogs attack. What does that say about our chances with a tiger?

  42. Thanks for the 2 minute watch commercial. If you hadn't noticed, your phone will actually show you the time. Mine even keeps itself udated, and I don't have to worry about setting it.

  43. Absolutely disgusting. I had no idea there were so many captive tigers and other exotic pets. Thanks for bringing awareness

  44. And that is just tigers and lions! Venomous snakes are even EASIER to obtain~! Just now after a quick google search, I found Indian Cobras for $300, Timber Rattlesnakes for $225, Gaboon Vipers for $200, and Western Cottonmouths for $45 (This last price was NOT a typo)

  45. In Pennsylvania you can own any exotic animal you want. The only stipulation is you need a permit, with 2 years experience with the particular species you want.

  46. Theres a lot more VENOMOUS NOT POISONUS snakes in private collections in the UK I know of at least 1000 in private hands, not to mention the crocodilians I know of about 250.

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