Sunday, February 12, 2017
Zoos, animal handling and public feeding.
The pictures of tigers in a Chinese zoo has been making rounds and various animal groups and sectors of the society have different views. There are actually several problems with these photos, which were taken at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin City, China. The most obvious issue is that these animals are being fed in excess which could predispose them to certain diseases and conditions. The zoo allows visitors to feed the animals and are doing most of the excessive feeding, according to some reports. The visitors are reportedly feeding the tigers live chickens, where people can buy a chicken and throw it them. When many tigers are kept in a confined space, there would be few opportunities for exercise, which could exacerbate the health issues related to obesity.When animals are denied the opportunity to work for their food, as they would in the wild by foraging and hunting, they end up with underdeveloped muscles and deposition of fat. more