Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Under Fire After Photos Surface of Them Playing With Baby Tigers in Thailand

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy are under fire after photos surfaced online of the mother-daughter duo playing with a baby tiger.

It turns out that the entire Carter family spent the holidays in Thailand before the New Year and one of their exciting activities was getting the chance to bottle-feed a little four-legged furry friend!

In the snaps, Bey and Blue are seen smiling and petting the wildlife while Jay Z looks on and even takes photos of the occasion.

And while the meet-and-greet seems innocent enough, World Animal Protection wildlife expert Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach is less than pleased about it.

"A tiger is not a plaything. Their health and well-being should not be sacrificed for a photo opportunity. When you look behind the scenes, vacation snaps like these support an industry that relies on animal cruelty."

Schmidt-Burbach continued, "The tigers used for these photos are often crammed into tiny cages or chained to the floor for long periods. They are also forcibly removed from their mothers to be fed artificially by tourists. All in all, a far cry from their natural lives in the wild. But this sordid side of tourism is conveniently hidden from public view."

She had one final message to those who either have, or are planning to visit with baby tigers in a similar manner.

"I urge anyone who is thinking about posing with a wild animal to watch World Animal Protection's video to learn the facts before they book their next vacation. Once people know the truth, they can take action to end this cruelty by choosing to see wild animals in the wild where they belong."

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