A tiger alarmed a woman who was sneaking into a seemingly abandoned Houston home to smoke marijuana on Monday. Now it has found a new home of its own.
The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary located about 200 miles north of Houston, announced it was welcoming the tiger, according to Lara Cottingham, spokeswoman for Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, which oversees the city’s animal shelter that had been caring for the animal.
The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, representing 17 professional sanctuaries that care for big cats and four partner organizations, applauds the News & Record for its editorial (Jan. 6) that states what should be the obvious: Lions and other exotic animals do not make good pets.
Recently, New Jersey became the first state to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. And now, only a week later, Hawaii has followed in its footsteps.
Wild animals won’t be performing at circuses in New Jersey anymore. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday making it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.
Chanel has agreed to ban fur and exotic skins from its collections, saying it wanted to maintain ethical standards and following pressure from animal rights campaigners.
China is a critical market for animal contraband. Some scientists fear the official commitment to conservation may be wavering.