I’ve always wanted to go do this: meditating with Tiger Cubs at Tiger Temple in Thailand .
Why? Literally of what benefit is this to anyone except the selfish desires of a tourist to have a cool story or photo? This is not beneficial to tigers. Tiger Temple is a cruel, despicable place that treats apex predators like commodities. That gives substandard care for a profit and does absolutely NOTHING for tigers as a whole. It’s not a sanctuary, it’s not a rescue, it’s a for profit tourist trap and it should not be on ANY reasonable person’s bucket list.
I just want to pet a tiger cub with my chances of getting mauled at a 0. Plus if some people find peace by connecting with animals then let them, as long as the animals are properly cared for, not beaten or abused, or starved or treated unfairly or in any danger. plus what are tigers supposed to get? A check? I thought the tigers would get a new friend and snuggle partner.
Did you even read what I wrote? They aren’t treated well. They are hit, they are kept in poor cages, they are chained to the ground, they are overbred, they are fed a terrible diet. Tigers do not need friends or snuggle partners. They need proper care and to be able to live under the most natural conditions possible in captivity. They need to be respected at a distance, not interacting with people directly in a way that endangers them and us. That’s what they are supposed to get.
These people are finding “peace” at the expense of animals. So no, I won’t “let them” free of criticism.
Also, in no universe can you pet a conscious tiger without the risk of getting mauled. Js.