Wild animals are not pets. They belong in the wild, not in someone’s backyard. Captivity causes big cats great stress, even leading to psychosis because they’re not in their natural habitat where they are meant to hunt and live free. The exotic pet trade also breaks up big cat families. There are currently more captive tigers than there are tigers in the wild. A person cannot possibly care for a tiger properly in a home.

Rapper Quavo, one of the three members of the music trio Migos, recently posted a video online bragging about buying a tiger. He shows the tiger chained and reveals a handler by his side. Quavo must know that there is no way for him to properly care for a tiger even with the help of a handler. There is no reason for him to own a big cat other than to brag about his luxuries and financial status (a big cat costs big money) as he does in the video.

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Rightfully, people are outraged. The responses to Quavo’s video show that most people seem to have a general understanding of how unethical it is to have a big cat as a pet. In 2014, rapper Tyga’s illegal pet tiger cub was seized and sent to a sanctuary, so there is hope that the tiger Quavo is holding captive can be freed too.

The tiger cannot be set free in the wild because having been captive, he will not survive. But he can be sent to a place where he can receive proper care like Tyga’s former tiger, Maverick who is now in a sanctuary. To demand that Quavo release Cho to a sanctuary, please sign this petition!

If you’d like more information about why wild animals are not pets, please see Big Cats Are Beautiful But This Is Why They Should NEVER Be Pets, The Real Cost of Buying a Big Cat, and Here’s Why Exotic Animals Belong in the Wild, Not as ‘Pets’ in Our Backyards.

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