Help Tigers Languishing at Roadside Zoos

Tigers at roadside zoos are often torn away from their mothers as cubs and endure a life of suffering, just for a few moments of human entertainment.

Tri-State Zoo

Tigers who end up at the Tri-State Zoo in Maryland live in drained swimming pools, amid disgusting, murky puddles of water. Tri-State has repeatedly failed to maintain clean and safe enclosures and to provide animals with adequate veterinary care and adequate shelter from the wind and cold temperatures. The USDA has cited this roadside zoo so many times for failing to meet even the most minimal animal-welfare standards that it suspended Tri-State’s license in 2013 and recently issued an official warning regarding even more violations. 

Dade City's Wild Things

Until tigers are big enough to be a liability—usually at about 3 months old—they’re used in public displays and handled by streams of people in shameless facilities across the country. Because the window of profitability is so small, breeders like Dade City’s Wild Things in Florida constantly churn out babies so that they virtually always have an “inventory” of cubs available. These tiger cubs are torn away from their mothers when they are just days old in order to “acclimate” them to handling. In the wild, tiger cubs stay with their protective and nurturing mothers for two years. Dade City’s Wild Things has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to provide animals with adequate veterinary care, sufficient shelter, and clean enclosures, and last summer, the USDA filed a complaint against Dade City’s Wild Things for 20 allegations of animal-welfare violations. 

Summer Wind Farms

Michigan roadside zoo Summer Wind Farms is yet another tiger prison. The USDA has cited it for keeping a tiger cub locked inside a cramped cage in the basement of a house. The agency also issued a citation after finding, among other issues, that a meat cooler reeked of rotten and decaying meat and a food-preparation area was covered with blood. The inspector further warned that the “amount of the animal husbandry issues at the facility” indicates “a lack of adequately trained employees,” which “can result in facility and animal conditions that result in unnecessary animal suffering.” In January, the USDA filed a complaint against this roadside zoo for nearly 90 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. 

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