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Ligers: A Cruelty Unveiled

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Published on Jun 24, 2009

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COMMENTS WERE DISABLED DUE TO THE FACT THAT I CANNOT REPLY TO EVERYONE'S COMMENTS/STATEMENTS REGARDING INFORMATION IN THIS VIDEO.
I understand that this is a controversial topic. YES, some ligers are healthy and even outlive their parents, HOWEVER, this video addresses issues regarding the majority of ligers which are unhealthy due to genetic defects caused by hybridization. All information here comes from credible sources (AKA not exploiters of ligers, but rather unbiased reports). Wether you belive in the scientific aspect of the cruelty or not, these animals are "showcase" animals. They are exploited and often kept in poor conditions as most live in roadside or unregulated facilities. Some, though rare, are well cared for, I am not denying that, but they are stull bred for exploitation, NOT conservation like many claim. Those who breed them will often decieve the public by using their liger to try and disprove claims of cruelty through lies and false information. It is a free country and you are free to choose what to believe, however, this is cruelty. Yes, they are beautiful but don't you think they deserve better than being a tool for man kind's exploitation?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and watch the video.

This is what facilities breeding ligers for exploitation do not want you to know. They lie to the public so they can gain money and fame. Don't fall for their tricks. Here are the facts. Please share this video so others may learn of this as well.

A liger results from a breeding between a male lion and a female tiger. Due to the hybridization, the animal lacks complete DNA, causing many health problems.

There are also birthing problems. The abnormal size of a liger cub may cause a miscarriage. If the liger cub comes out alive, many have been recorded to last only a few days or weeks. Since the liger cub is born so much larger than a normal tiger cub, the mother often requires a C-Section. This can be fatal, and it is reckless and selfish to put a tigress through this just for a liger cub.

Ligers and tigons share a lot of problems as well. Both have health problems due to genetic abnormalities and neurological defects associated with hybridization. Being hybrids, they are not genetically strong, and typically live much shorter lives than either of their parents.

They are prone to cancers, disease, and arthritis, and are known to have unstable temperaments. Depression and confusion have been noted in ligers and tigons. This is due to conflicting behavioral instincts (for example, tigers are solitary, and lions are social).

Both animals have unique nutritional needs, which are rarely met.

Did you know that the AZA does not approve of breeding ligers and tigons? They don´t, because they feel it is unethical, and because it has always been standard procedure to not keep two separate species together. Whenever you go to a zoo with a liger, you are supporting an unaccredited zoo, which is rarely a good thing. Also, animal experts worldwide have stated themselves that this hybridizing is simply not okay. Humans shouldnt play with nature.

These zoos typically have two responses when people ask why they have ligers:

1. Ligers were not something we planned on having or wanted, their births were accidental.
Why this answer doesn´t work: How can a hybrid be accidental? No good zoo would ever mix species in the same enclosure. If they really wanted to mix species in the same enclosure, they could have easily ensured no accidental births by having the animals fixed. This answer is just not justifiable.

2. We are breeding ligers to save them in the wild (conservational purposes)
Why this answer doesn´t work: Ligers have never existed in the wild. People have made claims, but none have ever been proven. The only area in the world where lions and tigers would meet is the Gir Forest. However, this area is actually terrible tiger terrain, and only really suited for lions. It is not likely these two animals would ever meet up, and normal behavior would keep them from mating with each other. Besides, the majority of these animals are sterile and they will never be considered a true species.

This is something we must stop soon. Please boycott places that continue to breed ligers and tigons, and spread the word as best as you can.

-AnimalMedia
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For more information, visit:
http://www.bigcatrescue.org/cats/wild...
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A special thanks to Big Cat Rescue and Carole Baskin (their founder) for allowing us to use their images. It was a great help and we appreciate it immensely.

Introduction music: Kevin MacLeod (Rocket)
Music: Kevin MacLeod (Sovereign Quarter)
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