During a Facebook live stream, one of Big Cat Rescue's workers tried forcing a tiger out of a transport cage by poking at it using a prod of some kind. The camera would occasionally pan away from the tiger each time the worker had the prod in hand. The tiger could be heard clearly displaying its anger off camera, but fortunately some of the prodding was caught on video.
On November 17, 2016, Big Cat Rescue took in 5 tigers originating from Serenity Springs Wildlife Center. The owners of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge purchased Serenity Springs Wildlife Center with the animals apparently being included in the acquisition. The new owners of the wildlife center then began distributing the animals to different facilities including Big Cat Rescue.
The female tiger that is the subject of the video is named Priya and she had just spent hours being transported from Calhan, Colorado to Tampa, Florida and was likely already stressed and fearful.
According to Big Cat Rescue, she was on the brink of death when she arrived at their facility so any unneeded stress would be detrimental to Priya’s overall well-being.
One of Big Cat Rescue’s workers was livestreaming the offloading of the tigers to their new cages on Facebook when something quite shocking unfolded.
Jamie Veronica, President of Big Cat Rescue, and one of her staff members, Gale Ingham were trying to coax Priya out of her transport cage, but the tiger wasn’t cooperating. So the staff member resorted to using a very surprising method.
Gale grabbed grabbed some kind of long thin object and began repeatedly sticking it through the cage in order to prod the tiger into leaving the cage.
If Priya’s reaction was any indication, the staff member was likely making contact with the tiger using the object.
Since Jamie was there standing on top of the cage, monitoring the whole incident, we can only assume that it’s a standard practice for Big Cat Rescue.
On Big Cat Rescue’s website, one of their policies says, “Big Cat Rescue is a strict no contact facility. At no time, under any circumstances, will any part of your person come into direct contact with any animal at Big Cat Rescue. Nor shall you use any object to touch an animal such as a stick or pole etc.”
Doesn’t their own livestream clearly show a staff member sticking some sort of narrow pole in the transport cage to get the tiger to move?
Another policy of Big Cat Rescue says, “No animal abuse of any kind will be tolerated (this includes teasing) which is grounds for immediate dismissal.”
Does repeatedly sticking a long thin object to force a tiger out of its transport cage not classify as teasing or their own definition of animal abuse?
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