This disturbing case highlights a largely unseen animal welfare problem across the United States. According to Born Free USA, there are some 5,000 tigers alone being held by private individuals across the country, oftentimes legally due to a lack of sufficient state or local regulations.
And that's not good for anyone.
"When in the hands of private individuals the animals suffer due to poor care," writes Born Free USA. "They also pose safety and health risks to their possessors and any person coming into contact with them.
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Correction: An earlier version of this post indicated that around 7,000 exotic animals were held by private owners in the United States. That estimate, from Born Free USA, is actually 5,000 - for tigers alone.