Roar For ♥TONY♥: Blogging For Tony 7.17.2010
Thanks to The Fabulous Animal Rescue Project & MC Reality Online for your recent blog posts about Tony.
See MC Reality’s post at: http://mcrealityonline.com/2010/07/15/tony-the-tiger-still-languishes-in-a-man-made-prison/#comments
See The Fabulous Animal Rescue Project’s post at: http://fabulousanimalrescueproject.blogspot.com/2010/07/money-cant-buy-you-love.html
Networking Tony’s story is very important so more people learn about him and the major problem of privately owned tigers in the Unites States; Tony is one of thousands of tigers; estimates put the number at appx. 5,000.
The captive tiger population in the United States escalates due to the lack of laws regarding such exotic animals, the greed and ignorance of individuals who believe they have a right to own a tiger as a pet, others who breed for profit, and those who exploit these cats in roadside zoos, circuses, and exhibits. The U.S. government does not keep record of how many captive tigers there are, who they are owned by, their location or what happens to them when they die.
See State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals at: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/b4a2_exotic_animals.php
The only authorized breeding plans for cats such as tigers are the Species Survival Plans, and they are solely implemented in AZA accredited zoos. More about SSP: http://www.aza.org/species-survival-plan-program/
Breeding tigers in captivity serves no purpose in conserving the wild tiger population. Species Survival Plans are the ONLY authorized breeding plans for cats such as tigers. The SSP ensures animals have documented blood lines which protect the health of the animals and the viability of their gene pool.