In the news this morning, it was reported that someone, who is as yet unnamed, is keeping an approximately three month tiger cub in their backyard in Boksburg. The report states that according to animal welfare groups, the legislation in Gauteng allows for exotic animals to be kept as pets in built-up areas, and the problem is growing.
Stephen spoke to Aninsley Hayes of the National Council of SPCAs about why anyone would want to keep a tiger in their backyard. According to Hayes, a lot of the time, keeping a wild animal just a status symbol for people because of the animal's exotic nature. She reckons that it has nothing to do with caring for the animal.
Hayes warns that wild animals are not prone to deal well with being in captivity. They can still bite and kill someone - even a passer-by, if it manages to escape.
Because it's an exotic animal, there is no appropriate legislation to protect the tiger. We have tried to approach the owner to take the animal to an animal sanctuary but the owner has refused to do so.— Aninsley Hayes, National Council of SPCAs