Khloe Kardashian Sparks Outrage By Handling Tiger Cubs — Again
Khloe Kardashian was caught posting a video to social media that shows her attempting to bottle feed a baby tiger. This is after she was already called out months ago for a similar act.
Kardashian caught flack back in May for hugging and taking glamour shots with a tiger and monkey.
While people might think the photos are cute, big cats are often marred and abused to make them "safe" to be around humans.
"While interacting with wild tigers may seem harmless, people posing with wildlife don't realize that a 'once in a lifetime' photo for them means a lifetime of misery for the animal," Silia Smith of World Animal Protection previously told The Dodo.
Animal advocates have been trying to stop organizations and businesses that profit from photo ops with tigers, like Tiger Temple Thailand, for a long time. Places like these often take baby tigers away from their mothers at an early age, sometimes removing their claws and making other cruel alterations to the cubs in order to allow humans to hold them.
For more information on how to help tiger cubs like this one, check out World Animal Protection.
UPDATE: While some commenters have pointed out that the latest photo was taken at the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation, a Mexican sanctuary that rescues big cats, so-called "tiger selfies" are still a bad idea. Not only do they cause stress to the animals, but Susan Bass, PR director for the Florida-based sanctuary and advocacy group Big Cat Rescue, pointed out that they promote false perceptions of big cats. "[They've] had a lot of celebrities visit and pose with the cubs which we're very much against, because it says that they're good pets," she told The Dodo. "To touch them, we don't agree with."