Target: Russian Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky
Goal: Don’t allow endangered tiger cub to be repeatedly drugged and paraded around a casino.
A 5-month-old Siberian tigress was bought and transported 5,000 miles to be paraded around at the opening of a casino in Vladivostok, Russia. Serving the purpose of a live mascot for a new club, Tigre de Cristal, the baby tiger is expected live out her days in a nearby zoo and be “on call” for casino events. Worse, the animal reportedly was heavily sedated in order to be exhibited.
According to Sergei Aramilev of the Amur Tiger Centre, drugging the tigress was not only morally disgraceful and unethical but also incredibly dangerous because sedatives can be addictive and cause health concerns. The woman allegedly responsible for drugging the tigress, zoo director Ekaterina Zotova, said the medication was necessary “to prevent sickness and aggression from the loud music.” This statement clearly serves to prove that tigers do not belong in clubs.
Siberian tigers, also called Amur tigers, are an endangered species that only have 500 or so individuals left in the wild. Understandably, this needless abuse of an endangered baby animal has led to fervent protest from locals. However, this may not be enough. Sign this petition urging Russian officials to remove the tiger cub from the casino, and send the cub to an accredited sanctuary. The people involved in this mistreatment should also be charged with cruelty to animals.
Dear Minister Medinsky,
A casino named “Tigre de Cristal” in Vladivostok recently caused major public uproar by drugging and parading a 5-month-old Siberian tigress. The tiger cub was transported 7,800 kilometers, despite her young age, and was heavily sedated and exhibited as an object during the casino’s opening night.
According to Sergei Aramilev of the Amur Tiger Centre, drugging the tigress was not only morally disgraceful and unethical but also incredibly dangerous because sedatives can be addictive and cause health concerns. Siberian tigers are seriously endangered with only 500 of them remaining in the wild.
Anyone can tell that tigers don’t belong in clubs where loud music and flashing lights can cause fear and aggression. I urge you to ensure that this tigress cub is removed from its current owners — who have proven they are not capable of caring for her adequately — and sent to an accredited sanctuary. Furthermore, the people responsible for drugging the baby animal should be charged with animal cruelty.
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Photo credit: Willow Grove