Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Why shoot the tiger - it did nothing wrong!

I am upset by the news that, "A senior zookeeper has been mauled to death by a white tiger at Whangarei's controversial Zion Wildlife Park." It is terrible that someone has been killed and their family now has to cope with the loss of their loved one.

But news that "The tiger has since been shot dead." just flabbergasted me.

Why shoot the tiger?

The tiger is a wild animal and just because we get psuedo-conservationists who cuddle them and make them out to be pussy cats doesn't change what they are.

Was the tiger likely to escape and attack villagers?

Couldn't protective measures be put in place to ensure no more keepers get killed?

Killing the tiger is nothing more than petty revenge. The tiger did nothing wrong it was just acting according to it's nature - the blame must rest with the humans... but it is all moot now because they have already destroyed this magnificent creature.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree. With respect to the family of the zoo keeper, I can't imagine what they must be going through. But tigers aren't exactly famous for being cuddly and docile with human beings. They're far from domesticated. What a mental decision. That tiger was simply doing what it would have done in the wild.