Jul 31, 2013

USA & beyond: An NFL player just bought a tiny tiger cub. Speak up for this cub today!

From: Big Cat Rescue <carole.baskin@bigcatrescue.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Subject: An NFL player just bought a tiny tiger cub. We need your voice to speak up for this cub today!

  Call to Action
During the past week there has been extensive national media coverage reporting that Arizona Cardinals football player Darnell Dockett has purchased a tiger cub as a pet. He's been boasting about it during interviews with ESPN and other media outlets. And tweeting photos of the poor cub on Twitter.

We are extremely concerned that an NFL player, who should be a role model for young people, is instead promoting the dangerous, irresponsible and abusive practice of owning an exotic cat.

It is also concerning that Dockett has been quoted in the media regarding his intent to bring the tiger cub to an Arizona Cardinals training camp practice.

To make matters worse, it seems Dockett also owns a pet alligator and recently tried to purchase a monkey. It is very disappointing that a professional athlete such as Dockett is fast becoming the "poster child" for owning inappropriate pets and making extremely poor choices when it comes to pet ownership.

Big Cat Rescue contacted the Arizona Cardinals organization to speak to them about whether they plan to allow Dockett to bring the tiger cub to practice and whether they condone his ownership of the cub. Nobody with the team bothered to return our calls or emails.

In reviewing statements Dockett has made about owning exotic animals, it seems clear to us that he doesn't care about their welfare or safety. Reaching out to him directly would likely be a waste of time and the attention could even have the undesired effect of encouraging his selfish and arrogant behavior.

So instead, we'd like to ask you to appeal to the Arizona Cardinals organization on behalf of this tiger cub. Politely let the Arizona Cardinals know that animal lovers in America do not want to see a professional football player own a tiger cub as a pet and exploit it as a prop for his "image."

Thank you for speaking out for this defenseless, voiceless cub!

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