A circus tiger was whipped three-dozen times in 2 minutes by a ringmaster in the United States, as captured in a disturbing viral video.
The video, recorded secretly, was part of an investigation that ran from December 2016 to January of this year, The Dodo reported.
In the video, the tiger, named Tora, is seen cowering in fear whenever she sees the whip. That’s because the trainer whipped her over and over.
The tiger performs in ShowMe Tigers, a traveling act run by Ryan Easley of Oklahoma that performs with the Carden Circus and Shrine Circuses, The Dodo reported. The Humane Society of the United States captured the video.
“Ryan Easley utilizes archaic training methods which entail fear, force and punishment,” Jay Pratte, an animal behavior expert, said, according to HSUS. “In my professional opinion, the tigers at ShowMe Tigers are suffering from psychological neglect and trauma on a daily basis,” Pratte added.
“Anyone who lives with a house cat will recognize the signs of stress and trauma exhibited by Easley’s tigers,” said Lisa Wathne, who is wildlife manager at HSUS, according to The Dodo. “It hurts to imagine what kind of painful coercion would been needed to induce a cat — let alone a tiger who weighs hundreds of pounds — to hop on her hind legs.”
The video can be seen here (warning: may be disturbing for some viewers):