In Thailand, at The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm, you can take a picture with a tiger, touch it or even sit on it. The founder of wildlife protection NGO Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand posted a video that shows park staff pushing the animal with a stick to force it to show its fangs, so it looks more fierce in tourists' pictures. On their website, the zoo explains that the public can 'establish close contact with our animals, play with them or take pictures with them.'
Once posted, the video quickly spread around the Internet. Edwin Wiek was outraged:
It's time to change the laws!
The post soon garnered more than 2.4 million views and is still being shared today by angry animal lovers.
Since then, a spokesman for the zoo has come forward and announced that the person responsible for this activity and the abuse of the tiger has been transferred. The spokesperson also claimed that the zoo 'loves animals' and doesn't 'condone such behaviour.'
Take a look at the video above for more on this sad story.