Today we went to the Tiger Kingdom. Getting to play with a tiger was one of my primary motives for wanting to visit Thailand. This is also something that left me fairly ethically conflicted. I don’t approve of the exploitation of animals for money and human entertainment. But I also acknowledge that tigers are endangered and breeding programs need to exist. Tigers over two years old are too dangerous to play with the public, so this place breeds the tigers, uses them for two years and then either keeps them as breeding stock or sells them to other zoos and wildlife parks.
However, I decided to put my qualms away and just enjoy the experience. Keep my eyes open and talk about it.
Following Tina’s advice again, we paid for a photographer to follow us around and capture the experience. This was good in that we got some lovely photos, but also distracting in that I wanted to focus solely on the tigers and the photographer wanted me to pose for photos. Again, they are catering to a market that wants photos of themselves with tigers. ( Collapse )