Circus couple abusing tigers miserably missed the animals


Judit and Juergen Nerger illegally left big cats in cramped, sterile crates and ditched six tigers at a roadside zoo in Sarasota, Florida, all after their circus performance business failed. They had previously kept tigers in Illinois, but by transporting the animals to Florida and failing to alert the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the couple evaded federal inspections for years. So, to prevent them from sneaking around and harming the animals again, PETA is urging the USDA to end their federal animal welfare license.

“The tigers were kept in travel cages measuring approximately 7.5” x 7.5 “,” noted a report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

In PETA’s letter to the agency, we highlight a recent report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission indicating that the Nergers were not allowed to keep tigers in Florida, but they illegally kept six tigers in Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, where Juergen Nerger told the owner of the roadside zoo “that he intends to leave the country and leave his cats behind.” While at Big Cat Habitat, five tigers were kept in cramped crates, and the Nergers agreed to turn the tigers over to the state. The roadside zoo arranged for them to be shipped to Tiger Haven, an unsavory facility where an 18-year-old nearly lost her arm in a recent tiger attack.

We estimate that there are less than 10 exhibitors who regularly display felines at circuses and fairs in the United States, a clear sign that the public has no interest in the cruel and outdated acts that exploit wild animals.

So while the show business of Judit and Juergen’s tigers is already down, there is still something we can do to help big cats like those exploited and neglected by the Nergers: interact with exotic or wild animals. Let your friends and family know that buying tickets for such activities perpetuates cruelty …

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