Timothy S Howze
2447 Travis Street
15th May 2021
The Police Inspect
54 Wakefield Street
Sub: Say No To Exotic Animal Exhibitions
As a concerned citizen, I urge the ABC Events Center to enact a policy against hosting big cat and exotic animal displays to protect public safety and animal welfare. Exhibition of tigers, an endangered species, and other exotic animals such as servals, lynx and wallabies is irresponsible, inappropriate and an urgent matter of public safety and animal welfare.
Additionally, allowing exhibition of tigers, exotic cats, wallabies and other exotic animals puts the public at unnecessary risk of animal attacks and exposure to disease. Till now there have been 377 reported cases of big cat attacks including reported cases through exhibitions such as those being provided by A Walk on the Wild Side. These animals are also vectors of many parasites, bacterial infections and diseases that can be passed on to humans.
The “pay to play” photo opportunities with an infant serval offered through your current exhibitor, A Walk on the Wildside are inherently cruel, causing undue stress from excessive handling and exposure to loud noises and constant stimulation. And the display of a tiger pacing in a small enclosure is simply heartbreaking.
I urge the ABC Events Center facilitators to say no to animal abuse and undue risk for public safety. Hauling big cats and exotic animals around the country, placing them in tiny cages, exposing them to ongoing stress and noise, and using them for photo ops in the name of entertainment is cruel and irresponsible and the ABC Events Center should not condone such activities.
Timothy S Howze