An attendant in Bangkok, at a Thailand zoo videoed poking a tiger with a hot stick for tourists to pose or sit on top of the animal, has sparked fury around the world. The video, released on Monday, filmed at the Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm, has been viewed more than two million times showing the attendant repeatedly prodding the animal with the hot stick to make him roar.
“The tiger gets poked all day, hundreds of times a day so it will roar for the picture with tourists,” stated Edwin Wisk, the founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand.”
“We will be creating campaign videos regarding the treatment of animals in the tourism industry here in Thailand. This is an example of how tigers are treated so idiotic tourists can get their holiday selfie.”
According to a statement from the zoo, the attendant shown in the video has since been transferred to another job; officials added the owner of the zoo loves animals and would not let anyone hurt the animals.
The tourist trade in Thailand has been booming, and the lure for animal selfies has taken on another lucrative business over the humane treatment towards wild animals. Here is where tourists take photos, as they ride elephants, hold monkeys and pet tigers as mementos and bragging rights to bring home. The zoo’s website shows photos of white tigers, bears and many other wild animals. In addition, there is a daily show featuring a man fighting crocodiles with his bare hands.
Just two weeks ago, a disturbing and shocking event in India was shown in a video of a young elephant being savagely beaten by its India captors to be used in the tourism trade. In the shocking footage, the young elephant’s front leg had been tied to a tree; three men continually beat the animal with canes until the elephant collapsed to the ground. Even then, the torturers didn’t stop lashing the animal; that is until their weapons snapped in half and the baby elephant’s back leg broke.
Read more about the baby elephant tortured here.
The video is being shared in advance of Thai National Wildlife Day on December 26.
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