What's more, the tiger in the video was probably drugged. "The only way to make these highly intelligent and powerful hunters pose for the camera is to drug them, keep them under constant threat of punishment, intimidate them and restrain them," Jason Baker, vice president of PETA Asia, told The Dodo. "This tiger was also bound and strapped so tightly that he couldn't even lift his head."
And many of these circuses may be operating illegally, according to Chunmei Hu, project manager for Freedom For Animal Actors. "If they are legal, the circus must have the relevant licenses - feeding permits, business licenses, performance licenses, transport licenses, site safety permits," Hu told The Dodo. "Yet most of the circuses do not have these permits."