Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Tigers are only safe in the wild

WE were saddened to hear of the death of Sarah McClay (News, May 28). The weekend's tragedy is just one of a series of preventable incidents in which people have been injured in enclosures.

Keeping wild animals in captivity and denying them even their most basic needs can lead to neurotic behaviour and depression.

Containing Sumatran tigers in a limited environment can only aggravate their temperament. Furthermore, it does nothing to protect these magnificent animals.

The ultimate salvation lies in protecting their natural habitats.

BEN WILLIAMSON

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

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