I came across this gem this morning:
These horrible people, Michael Jamison and Jackie Smit, are keeping a Bengal tiger as a pet. The tiger’s name is Enzo.
The headline for the article reads, “He’s just a big pussycat”.
No, he’s a fucking tiger, and how is anyone even allowed to have a tiger as a pet? This is just…repulsive, on so many levels.
The article doesn’t say how they got the tiger, other than to say “they bought him as a nine-week-old cub”. Jesus, can tiger cubs even be away from their mothers at that age? And where the hell does one just buy a tiger?
Enzo’s “owners” also have 14 dogs and god only knows how many cats, and they posted a video on YouTube of Michael introducing kittens to Enzo! Like, who the hell puts baby kittens anywhere near a fucking tiger!?
Don’t get me wrong–I adore tigers and think they are enchanting. I also think they should not be forced to share a home with humans, particularly two humans as ridiculous as these two seem to be, because I just cannot see this ending well for anyone involved.
It seems to me that this tiger is a status symbol. And I am wondering how the hell they are going to live with him and not get injured. Did they have his claws removed? Because no claws are visible in any of the pictures.
The best part is when they talk about how Enzo no longer fits into their yellow Lamborghini.
These people seem really full of self-importance and are obviously really, really wealthy. I would have been more impressed if these lunatics had donated their money generously to a big cat rescue/sanctuary if they care so much about tigers.
Obviously, they don’t care about tigers. Or anything but themselves.
Gross. And really disturbing, because this kind of crap just fuels the “exotic pet” trade, which is disgusting and reprehensible.
Thanks for ruining my day, Michael and Jackie. You are awful.
Also, if you are concerned about Enzo’s plight, living with these two dummies, please consider going vegan. All animals matter, including those you eat, wear, and use for entertainment. www.abolitionistapproach.com, www.howdoigovegan.com
ETA: Michael Jamison purchased Enzo because he had always dreamed of owning a tiger and after his home was broken into twice, he wanted a tiger to deter burglars. If you are going to leave a comment defending this guy, please do not bother. Nothing can defend someone buying a tiger to keep in their home as a burglar deterrent. Nothing.