Leigh Lawson picketing all by herself outside the San Francisco Zoo the day after Christmas. A Siberian tiger was shot to death by police officers on Christmas evening after it attacked and killed one person and injured two others. The attack is now under investigation, raising doubts as to whether the attack was accidental or not. Expert Jack Hanna argued that the tiger could not have leaped out of its confined area by itself. Because of this, the zoo was declared a crime scene by the police. Meanwhile, Ms. Lawson wished that the tiger was tranquilized instead of killed. News reports, however, stated that the tiger had begun to approach the police officers when it was shot to death. The death of a young man plus the injuries of two other people are deplorable, but how else should we expect a previously confined tiger to behave in public? All zoos practice animal cruelty by dint of animal imprisonment. Zoos are nothing but trouble. According to PETA, " Since 1990, there have been more than 220 such incidents—in 40 states—involving big cats. Four children and 15 adults have lost their lives, and more than 50 other people have lost limbs or suffered other injuries after being mauled. The animals involved are victims too: 75 big cats, including Tatiana, have been killed because of these incidents. "
I don't believe that the tiger could be faulted for attacking human beings after it had become loose. Animals pay the prize for mistakes committed by humans. It is always a loss-loss situation for zoo animals. God Bless You, Leigh Lawson.
Photo by AP Photo/Noah Berger.