Beyond supply and demand: When intervention isn’t just wise, but morally necessary

Garcia could do little. The tiger smugglers hadn’t committed a state crime. You might think it’s illegal to buy or sell an endangered tiger cub in Texas, but it isn’t. For $500, you can buy an orange Bengal tiger and tie it up in your yard, no questions asked (a white tiger will cost you $5,000). It’s all perfectly legal in Texas.

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One thing is certain: With so many exotic animals, Texas is running out of zoos and sanctuaries that will take animals that are abandoned or seized in illegal smuggling rings (you can’t take tigers across the border without proper permits). The burgeoning tiger population has dangerous consequences for public safety—you could soon have a pet tiger living down the block—not to mention the health of animals forced to live in poor conditions.

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A glut of tigers in an unregulated market can mean tragedy for the animals. On Christmas Day last year, a sanitation crew in Dallas found a dead, 1-year-old Bengal tiger near Interstate 35. The tiger had a bike lock cable and rusted wire around its neck. It had been shot five times

[My emphasis. – NPO]

Something Everything about this just ain’t right. (Does believing in some sort of animal rights make a lefty screwball? I hope not.) Read the whole story in the Texas Observer


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