Gavin Mayo on Twitter said: “I spent $500k on a baby tiger today. We are not the same”. Here is the video accompanying those words.
So, what do you think? Stupid show off unconcerned or too ignorant to realise that his very expensive tiger cub came from somewhere. What about the tigress-to-cub bond? That’s been broken good and proper.
The whole idea of owning a tiger cub is chronically bad. Carole Baskin in the United States has spent a large part of her career in stopping it and she has succeeded in the Big Cat Public Safety Act (see link at base of article). It applies to the US.
I don’t know where this was filmed and I am not sure we can believe him. Perhaps he bought the cub and fictitiously claimed that it cost half a million bucks. The amount is far more than the normal so I guess he made up the number. That’s my preferred assessment having considered it.
In the video after the one on this page he tells us that he bought a lighter for $7,000 followed by the same words “We are not the same”, which is his catch phrase.
I don’t get it. All I know is that it is wrong to have tiger cub on a lead as a pet in a flashy car. It shows disdain for the sentience of wild animals. It disrespects wild animals. It is treating them as assets and possessions. This human obsession with possession extends from inanimate objects like flashy cars to animals. They become the same thing in the mind of the possessor.
Wrong. As usual. What is also sad is that the tweet of the video gets millions of hits while any articles such as this one about animal welfare will get hundreds of hits at best. Probably a lot less.
That tells us the collective mindset of society. People don’t really care about animal welfare as a whole. They just want to be entertained to break the monotony of life. Anything will do including cute tiger cubs torn from their mums.
Here he is in a still image from the video:
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