15 November 2010

IFAW rescues three tigers from closed sanctuary in Texas

Three tigers from an animal sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas will be saying good bye to 'The Lone Star' state and hello to a new home in Pittsboro, North Carolina at the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary.

So why relocate the tigers to a new home? I guess the easiest way to explain the relocation is that it’s not just people being affected by the economic crisis. There are many animals forced to bare that same burden of losing the place they call home, but unlike humans who can speak up for themselves and try to remedy their situation the true victims are the animals who are innocent bystanders forced to just watch helplessly.

In this case the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) sanctuary, where the tigers were living, closed its doors due to the economic downturn.

"IFAW is standing by to help the animals at WAO to find a secure long-term future," said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW Emergency Relief Program Director. "This unfortunate situation points to the larger issue of the exotic pet trade - wild animals belong in the wild."

The WAO Board signed a resolution to dissolve the sanctuary within sixty days and subsequently relocating their 300 animals to new locations. They have been working diligently with the USDA, the Texas State Attorney General's Office Charitable Trust Division, and IFAW to make this happen.

"The volunteers and staff of Carolina Tiger Rescue are incredibly excited to meet our newest arrivals," said Kathryn Bertok Curator of Animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue. "We look forward to offering these wonderful animals a grand life filled with lots of love and attention."

Currently tigers are considered one of the most endangered species and experts believe within the next two decades the animals could be completely extinct due to habitat loss and the unabated poaching and trade of body parts. Today there are 5,000-10,000 tigers that live in captivity in the U.S., but as few as 3,000 tigers remain in the wild.

Jodi Truglio | email
Jodi has a degree from UNLV in Journalism and Media Studies. She has been a vegetarian for 15 years and now a strict vegan for two years. Jodi made the choice to be a vegetarian because she has always loved animals and nature and saw the importance of wanting to preserve both. In Jodi's spare time when she enjoys yoga and pilates.

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