The Myrtle Beach Marathon in South Carolina has, for the second year in a row, partnered with an organization called The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) to offer petting of tiger cubs and other exotic wild animals at the marathon. Big Cat Rescue, perhaps the most prominent wild cat rescue organization in the country, created a petition to block the partnership -- and a closer look into TIGERS shows that their concern is warranted. 911AnimalAbuse calls this company "one of the most notorious exploiters of tiger cubs in the country."
The Myrtle Beach Marathon's calls its partnership an attempt to "create a weekend filled with wild animal encounters and opportunities to connect with rare species that you've only seen on television." Pictures on its website show runners with orangutans, tiger cubs, and gibbons draped around their necks, all courtesy of TIGERS.