” One of the most important factors for long-term persistence of (tiger) populations and health of individuals is to ensure that genetic diversity is maintained, specifically that rare variants do not disappear from the populations”.-Jan E. Janecka, Ph.D.
Almost every owner, working with or keeping exotic animals has had their share of animal rights activists attacking what they do, how they do it and attempting to bully them into not doing it. Instead of considering all the spokes in the wheel, some want all to fit their wheel of ideology, even if it takes lies, exaggeration and they make money while doing so. Sadly, it seems to be T.I.G.E.R.S. – The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species – turn this week by an animal rights/vegan/environmentalist company. Notice the word company and consider what this means – they make money. A search of one of the co-founders of One Green Planet lists these credentials on her LinkedIn: online advertising, entrepreneur, digital strategy, strategic partnerships, business development, internet business strategy, start-up consulting, entrepreneurship, digital media and online advertising. Business, for money. There is nothing listed about animal related education, knowledge or experience, only business. It must pay to attack and bully other legitimate and legal businesses not in agreement with their personal ideology. One Green Planet also has an advertising, affiliate and contributor agreement which further proves a for profit business.
T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station lives side-by-side with their animals daily, offering an educational experience which has helped many people understand issues the animals face in the wild and understand the animals personally. With dwindling wild habitat, it is necessary to learn to live side-by-side and help conservation efforts of endangered species. An ambassador animal, such as at T.I.G.E.R.S., is very effective in educating the general public. T.I.G.E.R.S. has contributed extensively to conservation and education, while most attempting to stop what they do have done little to nothing. Going vegan is a personal choice and trying to force people to certain views never ends well, almost like fanatical religious groups. T.I.G.E.R.S. responded with a site giving information and facts to counteract the claims made in the attack.
According to Wikipedia, the percent of people being vegan is extremely low – far less than 10%
In the United States surveys between 1996 and 2012 suggested that between 0.5 and three percent (1.5 to more than nine million people) were vegan. In 1996 three percent said they did not use animals for any purpose. A 2006 Harris Interactive poll suggested that 1.4 percent were dietary vegans; a 2008 survey for the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) reported 0.5 percent; a 2009 VRG survey said that it was one percent (two million out of a population of 313 million, or one in 150); and a 2012 Gallup poll reported two percent. “
For such a small percent of the population, it does seem they scream the loudest when their personal beliefs and choices are not followed by all. One might think they have little to do in the way of real work, hobbies or simply living their own lives. T.I.G.E.R.S. owners and employees have very full days actually caring for animals and working. It’s a shame a legitimate business, sharing with others, is attacked by special interest groups. It happens daily with pet owners, small zoos, breeders and farms. One only has to personally witness what actually goes on to appreciate all the time and work that goes into what those with exotic animals do on a daily basis. It’s possible to learn much online, but it can’t compare to hands-on learning and personal experiences.
A comment by a Facebook user asks: ” I was in attendance a couple of weeks ago, and I have taken the message about palm oil to heart. I have a question though. I have noticed that some organic products have “palm fruit oil” listed. Are palm oil and palm fruit oil the same thing?” If you aren’t aware of the issue with palm oil, a trip to T.I.G.E.R.S. would be beneficial to you and the endangered orangutans. Many similar questions and comments show the educational good done by T.I.G.E.R.S. Form your own opinion after viewing what T.I.G.E.R.S. does through videos and pictures. If you get the chance, visit in person. See why conservation is served well by ambassador animals, those able to be seen up close and personal. As with anything in life, if you don’t like it, don’t do it. However, it does not give anyone the right to make the choice for others.
Information: T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station: HERE
Rebuttal site with information counteracting claims made: HERE
T.I.G.E.R.S. YouTube channel: HERE
Also see: Species Survival Trust