After stepping out of her car in a drive-through animal park, a woman was attacked by a tiger at Beijing Badaling Safari World and is now fighting for her life in hospital.
— PETA Asia (@PETAAsia) July 26, 2016
In a horrifying scene captured on closed-circuit television, a woman was pounced on and dragged away from her car by a tiger. Her mother then left the car and chased after the wild animal. During this attempt to save her daughter’s life, she was attacked by another tiger and tragically died.
The park, which also forces animals to perform in degrading circus-like shows, has been closed for an investigation.
Shockingly, this is not the first time that lives have been lost at this appalling facility as a result of imprisoning wild animals for the sake of entertainment. Just a few months earlier, the park’s senior manager was trampled to death by an elephant. Also, in 2014, an inspector was mauled to death by tigers after leaving his patrol car, and in 2009, a young man was killed by a tiger after climbing into an enclosure.
Captivity’s Deadly Consequences
This list will continue to grow as long as tigers and other exotic animals are locked inside cages and compounds for human amusement. Zoos and safari parks give people the false idea that big cats are little more than cuddly kitties who can be used and abused for our entertainment. But captivity does not extinguish their instincts. Attacks by captive big cats on people—which occur with staggering regularity—illustrate the profound levels of stress, anxiety, and agitation that these animals experience every day of their lives.
Captivity is a living hell for them and denies them the opportunity to engage in any of the activities that give their lives meaning. No animal can thrive in such an artificial and stressful environment. Zoos and safari parks are profit-driven ventures that exist to make money, not to protect animals.