The show, called the Amazing Rainforest Experience, is run by Robert Mullen of the Orlando, Florida–based PM Productions Entertainment Inc., a production group that features traveling shows with a host of exotic animals. The group did not immediately return The Dodo's request for comment.
The state of the tigers raises concerns about food deprivation, a common method used by trainers at circuses or places like SeaWorld to keep animals in line. "Of course we can't speak to the exact issue with this exhibitor, but we have seen in the past that they will tend to keep cats hungry to perform," Hanan said.
In an interview with a local outlet, Mullen said that he fed the tigers 13 to 14 pounds of chicken daily. Both Bass and Hanan said if this is all the tigers are getting, the diet is insufficient: They would need more food, as well as red meat, bones and organs, to thrive.
Whatever the reason, it's evident from the photos that the animals aren't healthy. In one photo that shows a tiger on his hind legs, the ratio between the animal's waist and his hips is disturbing.