For a £160 fee, Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire, UK, allows customers to stroke with their fingers Rocky, a 9-year-old Siberian and Bengal tiger cross. The park also permits customers to feed Narnia, a white tiger. Meat is held up to the bars so it can be pulled into the cage. Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, said: “These are wild animals. This is an accident waiting to happen.”
Wildlife park lets you pet tiger for £160
Daniel Foggo and Holly Watt
The Sunday Times
Adam Roberts, Senior Vice President of Born Free USA united with API, joins Animal Wise Radio hosts Mike Fry and Beth Nelson for a lively discussion of the exotic pet trade.
Other issues touched upon include the combining of Born Free USA with API, National Bird Day, and Adam's forthcoming participation in the Mount Kenya “10 to 4" Mountain Bike Challenge.
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Not every wild bird is free to fly. Avian advocate groups say that while the U.S. has enacted laws to protect our native birds — such as blue jays, cardinals and crows — from commercial exploitation, the bird pet industry is still able to sell and exploit exotic birds and parrots that hail from other countries, says this news story on the bird population in New York City that quickly moves to coverage of National Bird Day.
Giving feathered friends a lift
New York Daily News
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Among the questions experts are now asking: How high can tigers jump? And have zoos and sanctuaries dangerously underestimated tigers? That is to say: Are the walls high enough? One can see in the accompanying slide show just how barren the tiger enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo is.
Experts Debate Tiger Safety After Fatal SF Mauling
cbs5.com (KPIX-TV, San Francisco)
Tigers are among zoo visitors’ favorite animals. They’re also one reason many people hate zoos. Saddened by the picture of misery presented by the tiger who repetitively paces back and forth, back and forth, some people never go back. “Tigers simply don’t belong in the zoo,” says Adam Roberts, senior vice president of the animal advocacy organization Born Free USA. “Tigers don’t belong on concrete, tigers don’t belong behind bars, and frankly, tigers don’t belong near people.”
Tigers don’t belong in zoos
Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, is interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" following the December 2007 Siberian tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. He is pitted against Janna Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus (OH) Zoo. Click here or on the image to watch the segment.
The Christmas Day tiger mauling at the San Francisco Zoo that killed a 17-year-old boy and severely injured two men has ignited a national debate about whether wild animals should be held in captivity.
Should Animals Be Held in Captivity?
Good Morning America