But that didn't stop producers from using a live tiger rather than a computer generated (CG) one. "A CG tiger would have been safer," McConaughey said. "Maybe more expensive. But less of a buzz."
But considering some of the real threats tigers face in the world today, people are saying that the "buzz" isn't worth it. Tigers used for the entertainment industry are routinely whipped into submission by their trainers.
"McConaughey knows that computer-generated imagery could have been used instead, sparing the tiger a lifetime of incarcerating cruelty and the actor and others on set the risk of a potentially deadly attack," Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, told The Dodo, pointing out that we're living in a world where tigers are at risk of extinction.
"In a world where captive tigers outnumber wild ones, where they are slaughtered for their bones and skins and claws and forced to perform in circuses or languish behind bars in zoos, there is no reason to also exploit tigers as props on movie sets," Roberts said.