For three weeks in a row there HAS BEEN NO TIGER CUB ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD IN MASSILLION OHIO! While an innocent cub was brought in for the opening season home game on September 11th 2016 via an out state operation which rents exotic cats out like party supplies, the cub has not reappeared. Let's keep signing to assure that an official discontinuation of this outmoded practice is announced. Thank you!
We are winning but we are NOT DONE. Meet 45 years of Obie cubs. Please watch and share this shocking video far and wide. Massilion Washington High school is in direct violation of the Ohio law exemption that allows them to lease these cubs by not providing for them. SHARE THIS VIDEO EVERYWHERE PLEASE.
Ohio's Massillon Washington High School Boosters claims leasing a baby Tiger cub called "Obie" each year, forcing it to live in a garage, subjecting it to the extreme stresses of loud crowds and very harsh lights until he or she is discarded for a new Obie each August is an "important tradition." Brian Pachis, assistant athletic director, told an ABC news affiliate that the tradition of having a live tiger cub mascot extends back several decades. “We normally get them in early August and keep them just through the football season,” he said.
It is my belief that the Massillon Washington High School Boosters have done little to nothing to care for a reputed four decades of traumatized cubs once they are no longer useful. Shockingly, record keeping of the cubs later whereabouts does not appear to exist prior to 2012. Potentially the cubs may have either been euthanized, sold for canned hunts, slaughtered for the tiger body parts trade or ended up in cramped backyard breeding facilities of which Ohio has some of the worst.
"This tradition does nothing more than encourage the rampant breeding of more and more tigers who will spend 20+ years in a cage. There is no educational value to this other than teaching that tigers are expendable. Wild tiger babies typically spend up to 2 years with their mothers. To rip them from their mothers at such a tender age and put them in a cage and drag them out to be on display in front of noisy football crowds is cruel. As for the rest of their lives, they do not spend their days living in ideal conditions in a "zoo" or "sanctuary." Quite the contrary. Stump Hill Farm, their breeder, has been cited by the USDA for failure to provide veterinary care, repeatedly failing to provide environment enrichment and minimum space to primates kept in solitary confinement and suffering from psychological distress, failure to provide shelter from inclement weather, having filthy and foul-smelling enclosures, failure to provide drinking water, failure to maintain enclosures, and improper waste disposal. These declawed tiger cubs sometimes spend months living in a garage. They do not deserve the life they will face after leaving your school. " - Wildcat Santuary
This barbaric yearly cub purchase is not about "school pride" it is a cruel practice and must be stopped. Massillon Washington High's actions allow one of the rarest mammals on earth to be at the mercy of the grossly unregulated US exotic pet trade and the inadequacy of the Ohio state government to consistently enforce their fledgling exotic pet laws. Please sign, share and speak up for Tigers and exotic animals in Ohio. Thank you!