Target: MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO James J. Murren
Goal: End the exploitation of tigers at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden
In September, Siegfried and Roy introduced four new additions to their Secret Garden amusement park: six week old white tiger cubs. Despite the fact that tiger cubs in the wild generally stay with their mother until they are two years old, these cubs are on public view in a specially-designed nursery from 12 – 4 p.m. daily. While tiger cubs are ready to learn to hunt by eight weeks old, they rely heavily on skills taught by their mother.
Big cats are exploited and mistreated across the globe in circuses, zoos, aquariums, and roadside attractions. People pay to play, pay to pet, pay to swim, and pay to view them in their “natural” habitat, when nothing could be further from the truth. There are currently more than 5,000 captive tigers in the United States and fewer than 3,200 in the wild.
Wild tigers can be found in India where they live in jungles and forests and roam over vast territories which can span hundreds of miles. To confine these animals in a “secret garden,” brought out to be exploited and on display for a paying public is inhumane and cruel. The pens where the tigers are kept are neither large nor spacious and the tigers have no room to roam.
White tigers are a genetic anomaly caused by a double recessive gene. Captive white tigers bred for this recessive trait do not in any way, as Siegfried & Roy claim, contribute to the conservation of the species. Wild tigers do not live in any region or habitat of the world where being white would be advantageous. The white color robs them of their ability to camouflage to hunt their prey. To obtain white tigers, breeders continuously inbreed tigers. Inbreeding causes a lot of health problems, including scoliosis, neurological disorders, immune system deficiencies, bulging eyes, and cleft palates. Many of the tiger cubs are stillborn or deemed too ugly to display.
These captive bred, inbred, tigers, deserve a life away from exploitation. If Siegfried & Roy truly cared about these majestic animals, they would pay to retire them to a reputable sanctuary away from constant public attention. They would have room to roam and live out their lives as natural as possible. They cannot be released in the wild as they were never taught to survive in the wild and would surely die.
By signing this petition below, you will urge Chairman Murren to discontinue the Secret Garden and retire all the tigers and other wild animals on display to reputable sanctuaries.
Dear Chairman Murren,
Exploiting tigers for public amusement and entertainment is inhumane and cruel. These animals have been inbred and are confined to much too small enclosures. The new tiger cubs were taken from their mothers at a too young age and will not develop properly as a tiger cub in the wild naturally would develop –for two years at its mother’s side.
Continued breeding of these animals will lead to genetic mutations and shorter life spans for the tigers. If Siegfried & Roy really want to use their foundation, SARMOTI, to conserve and preserve endangered animals globally, they should retire their tigers to accredited sanctuaries and work with activists on the ground where these animals live in the wild.
I urge you to close the Secret Garden and request Siegfried & Roy to retire all the tigers and captive animals to a sanctuary where they can live wild at heart. Please take action to help these beautiful and majestic animals.
[Your Name Here]
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