"Lemurs, foxes and tigers, oh my!"
That's probably what the seniors of Christopher Columbus High School were saying when they saw animal handlers roll in a menagerie of animals into their jungle-themed prom.
The animal show on wheels included a fox, macaws, and lemurs, but the "honored" guest was a full grown tiger that was rolled out onto the dance floor in a tiny metal cage.
Some prom guests knew instinctively that this was not OK. One student, who took issue with the school's idea of using animals as mere props for a high school dance, protested by saying, "My mom doesn't appreciate that she spent $200 for prom and got this type of attraction."
Her instincts were right. Using animals for people's entertainment is wrong. Tigers, like other animals, shouldn't be used for our pleasure in the first place. Using them as tools for our entertainment is cruel and can often end up with the animals being mistreated, abused or even worse. In fact, in at least two tigers used in circuses were killed last year because of their irresponsible owners.
The "Florida licensed facility" that thinks it's a good idea to be ship tigers around the state to be used as props doesn't seem like they have their animals best interest in mind. And if anything had gone wrong, it would have been wrong, both people and the tiger could have lost their lives.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) currently allows, companies like the one that provided the tiger, to do so as long as they have proper licensing. This is not OK. The state should not condone the use of animals as props and decorations for proms, circuses or any other type of entertainment.
Please ask FFWCC to discontinue this license and ask the state to ban the use of animals in entertainment!