Tiger left in deserted Houston house is now at home at Black Beauty Ranch; Owner arrested and charged with animal cruelty

At Black Beauty Ranch, the new resident’s favorite activity is
to lay in the sun on his back with his feet in the air. He
sometimes climbs up on a wooden platform to survey his
surroundings. Photo by Devin Case/Cleveland Amory Black Beauty
Ranch

The strange saga of a
neglected tiger discovered last February
in the garage of a
deserted Houston home reached a happily-ever-after conclusion this
week. Our Cleveland Amory Black
Beauty Ranch
in Murchison, Texas, the tiger’s home since his
rescue, has been given full legal custody of the animal. And the
woman who owned the tiger was arrested and charged with animal
cruelty for failing to provide him with sufficient water, food,
care and shelter.

Although the tiger, born in captivity, will never know what it
is like to live in the wild, he will spend the rest of his days
living peacefully at the ranch, with the grass under his feet and
the sun on his belly, as tigers in the wild would. He will never
again know the horror that his life was before authorities came
upon him on that fateful day after a 311 caller discovered the
350-pound tiger sitting in a cage on rotting meat, mold, maggots
and his own waste. The animal’s legs were scalded by urine. It
was a terrible thing for an animal so regal and magnificent to be
living in such a degraded state of neglect and misery.

After his transfer to the Black Beauty Ranch, life took a
dramatic turn for this as yet unnamed fellow (the Fund for Animals
is
running a contest
to name him). Noelle Almrud, the director of
the ranch, told me that since his arrival, the two-year-old has
settled in nicely and is relaxed and calm. He’s sharing the
ranch’s tiger habitat with Alex, a tiger rescued along with about
a dozen other wild animals after their owner abandoned them,
without food or water. The two tigers can see each other, although
they live in separate enclosures (tigers generally prefer a
solitary life).

The new resident’s favorite activity is to lay in the sun on
his back with his feet in the air, Noelle relates, and he sometimes
climbs up on a wooden platform to survey his surroundings.

While this tiger’s life is now as stress-free as can be, there
are many tigers — both captive and wild — who are not so lucky.
On Endangered Species Day today, it is important to remember that

tigers are endangered
, with fewer than 4,000 remaining in the
wild – down from approximately 100,000 a century ago. In fact, it
is estimated that there are more tigers now living in captivity
than there are in the wild. A big reason for this is the impunity
with which this beautiful species has been trafficked, poached and
hunted in the wild for trophies and traditional Asian medicine as
well as the rampant breeding of captive tigers to supply circuses,
roadside zoos, private menageries and the insatiable
cub-petting industry
.

At the ranch, the tiger has the grass under his feet and the sun
on his belly, as tigers in the wild would. Photo by Mikkaela
Scott/The HSUS

At the HSUS and Humane Society International, we’ve made it
our mission to fight these threats to tigers and other big cats.
We’ve exposed captive tiger breeding within the United States
through our investigations of roadside zoos. We’ve pushed for
laws to ban the use of wild animals, including tigers, in circuses
and in other travelling shows. HSI has long fought to end the
international trade in tiger parts. Last November, in response to
the Chinese government’s decision to lift a 1993 ban on the sale
of tiger bones and rhino horns for medicinal use, we filed a legal
petition with the U.S. government seeking a ban on
all imports of wildlife and their parts from China
until that
country amends its law to reinstate a complete ban on the sale of
tiger and rhino parts. We have worked to prohibit the private
ownership of big cats, and 35 states now have such laws (Texas is
not one of them, alas).

At the federal level, we are pushing for the Big Cat Public
Safety Act, which would ban the possession of big cat species like
tigers and lions by individuals and prohibit their exploitation by
poorly run roadside zoos that allow public contact with big
cats.

Irresponsible owners who keep tigers locked up create a public
safety problem, commit the worst sort of animal cruelty, and
squander the resources of taxpayer-funded law enforcement agencies
and organizations like ours that must step up to respond. It costs
approximately $25,000 per year to care for a tiger — resources
that would be better spent on efforts to protect tigers in the wild
from the many threats they face.

There is no reason why anyone should be allowed to keep a tiger
as a pet.
Please ask your federal lawmakers to support the Big Cat Public
Safety Act.
Tigers are meant to live and breathe in the wild,
not suffer needlessly in cages and homes where they were never
meant to languish.

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