Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.


Celebrate International Tiger Day

Tigers are used for entertainment all over the world: whether in movies, circuses, or as props for photo opportunities, these tigers are being exploited for money under the guise of conservation and education. You know the dollar has power, and the way you spend your money affects the supply and demand. Dollars decide which products are available in your grocery store and the movies at the box office. Using that tool as leverage, when you refuse to engage in activities that exploit animals, the demand diminishes. One less animal will suffer, and you’ve shaped the world just a little bit.

Don’t Pay to Pet Tigers

Facilities allowing contact with cubs are breeding for this practice. They are NOT protecting or conserving the species, they are looking to make money, and can make $30,000 per week from your “love” of tigers.

Facilities that allow cub petting will breed a female tiger several times a year and take her babies at birth. It is a common practice to de-claw and de-fang cubs to ensure they cannot injure patrons.

Cub-petting facilities often starve and drug the cubs to make them less active so they pose with paying customers.  

It’s easy to understand why people want to hold and cuddle these beautiful wild cats, but the joy of this experience quickly turns to dismay when you know what life is like for these cubs.

Bad For Cubs

  • Cubs are taken from their mothers within days of their birth so the mother will go back into heat to produce more cubs.

  • Cubs can be used as props for photo opportunities and cub petting for only 4 weeks – between 8-12 weeks old. 
  • Once they are too old to be handled, many cubs are sold into the black market for their parts, the pet trade, or are killed.

  • Cubs used in these businesses are rarely given the appropriate diet which leads to health problems as they grow older.

Avoid Wild Cats as Entertainment

  • Avoid facilities that allow cub petting, and those that are breeding outside of Species Survival Plans and Population Management Plans. 
  • Educate your friends and family about the dangers of cub petting.
  • Avoid businesses that exploit animals for profit.  Wild animals do not belong in entertainment acts at a fair or circus, nor should they be handled by the public.
  • Speak up!  Ask questions of business owners who claim they are protecting animals by using them as props.
  • If you see abuse at a wild animal exhibition, please report that to the USDA – the agency tasked with overseeing animal care  – and to your local animal control office.