Tiger loses its life on the streets of Atlanta – how does this happen?
Today, the public felt what we feel daily. The anger and sadness of a wild cat dying through no fault of its own.
When a tiger was seen running loose on an interstate highway in Atlanta, authorities were called. What many don’t understand is that first responders do not have the necessary drugs and tranquilizer guns to take down a huge tiger. Though they called a local sanctuary that did, it was school time. Sanctuary personnel rushed to get there in time, but the tiger jumped a fence into someone’s backyard before they arrived. Authorities felt they had to take lethal action for public safety.
We don’t yet know where this tiger escaped from. Zoo Atlanta and Noah’s Ark tigers are accounted for. If it had escaped from an accredited zoo or sanctuary, these facilities are required to have emergency plans to handle escapes.
Tranquilizing a tiger is not as easy as most assume. It can take quite some time for a tranquilizer to take effect. During that time, you have an agitated, confused, disoriented tiger that can be even more dangerous. If a tiger is loose in residential areas – and, ironically, why are we even talking about that happening – it will more than likely be killed.
Yes, we’re outraged. Yes, we’re upset at this needless loss of life. And yes, we’re angry that so few are helping prevent this from happening in the first place.
We hope you’ll stand up now and be a voice for this poor tiger – and the thousands just like him/her in backyard cages, in homes, in garages, in roadside attractions, in traveling shows. These animals do not deserve the lives they’re being forced to endure, simply because someone wants them as a “pet” or to make money off of them.
What can you do right now – today – to make a difference?
Contact your Congressperson and demand they support the bill before them right now – The Big Cat Public Safety Act. There’s a pre-written letter for you to sign and share you’ll find at the bottom of this page HERE.
Doesn’t this innocent tiger deserve your voice today?
From the sanctuary called by authorities to tranquilize:
“Our 9 tigers are all safe and accounted for! The one found loose this morning around Jodeco Rd. wasn’t one of ours. We were contacted by Henry County Police with reports of a loose tiger on I-75. We responded immediately and were on the way to the scene with hopes of chemically immobilizing the tiger and bringing it to Noah’s Ark.
Unfortunately, human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by the authorities. Thank you to the officers for trying their best to bring this animal to safety. None of you had to try as hard as you did to preserve the life of this beautiful animal but you did anyway, and I thank you for that.
And for those questioning whether or not it was the “right” thing to do to shoot the tiger…. I am grateful I live in a country where we are blessed with the freedom to openly debate such matters. However, if you don’t have ample experience in the handling, transport, behavior and care of zoo animals such as big cats, or chemical immobilization of wild animals, or veterinary medicine, or law enforcement protocol, I do hope you don’t crucify those who pulled the trigger on this poor tiger.
Blame for the death of this beautiful animal lies solely in the hands of whoever owned it. Police did the best they could, Noah’s Ark did the best we could. It never should have happened in the first place. I can only hope that because of this tragedy, more people will open their eyes to the crisis our country is in regarding privately owned wild animals. They are not ours to own, they are ours to protect and educate people about.”