I went to see the attraction today and didn't get past the bungalow where tickets were being sold to a long line of people for pictures with the big cats. It nearly made me cry to see them chained to a podium so ignorant people could take apicture to stick in a hard drive and probably never look at again.
As far as I could tell, the cats looked to be drugged. Their movements are slow and lethargic, their pupils stare into the distance, only focussing when their handler demands their attention. No matter what your may say in your reply, it is not a natural state for a cat to have strange people touching them all the time for pictures, nor is it natural for them to be on a short chain on a podium. At least in a well kept zoo they can exercise some freedom of choice.
At this point I would also like to say that (other than their drugged appearance), the cats look to be in excellent health and I am sure that the owners and handlers do actually love their animals. Perhaps as a solution, some responsible moral guiding thoughts as to how best educate people about your animals without demorilising or taking away their freedom - even for a short time. They are such noble beasts that roam at will under normal circumstances. I think you can do a lot better. I do understand that the animals are probably unable to be reintroduced into the wild and this is their lot in life. This is obviously only my opinion. I scored average above despite my concerns about their freedom and drugged appearance (perhaps an insurance requirement? or a "just in case scenario"?) because i can see that youndo look after them as best you can.
Overall, i would suggest people have a think before they decide to support situations and businesses that conduct themselves in this way. Just for the record, I hold a PhD in animal ecology and have been a scienctific researcher working with animals for over 15years (although my area of expertise is not cats). Up to the individual, just think first...
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