DCWT is currently awaiting the results of a legal battle with the USDA over cited violations of the Animal Welfare Act. "The USDA's allegations include forcing a baby tiger to swim despite his repeated cries and attempts to escape the pool. And the video proves that," Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at the PETA Foundation, which released the footage, told The Dodo this week.
On Wednesday, DCWT decided to set the record straight by releasing its own footage, which, it claims, is just a trailer for a longer video it plans to release.
"Last week PETA released a video showcasing Dade City's Wild Things," the narration on the new video goes. "As you can see, PETA shows these little small clips to show you exactly what they want you to see. Unfortunately, what PETA doesn't know is that we have the full video."
It starts by showing a handler entering a yard with a tiger on a leash. After 54 seconds of playing with a leashed tiger named Luna, the handler strikes the tiger on the face.
At the 1:50 minute mark, the tiger attempts to stay out of the pool, but is struck on the face again by the handler, who says, "No."