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Video has surfaced that shows the exploitation of tigers in Thailand to end, as careless tourists are contributing to the extinction of the big cats.
More than 32,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the abuse on big cats to end as World Animal Protection revealed the shocking conditions the animals are kept in.
In a harrowing video, men can be seen poking a poor tiger to allow tourists to get a "growling" self with the magnificent animal.
The poor creatures are put on display for several hours as travelers get their exotic shots, not sparing a second thought to the conditions the tigers are kept in.
The shocking footage shows the wild animals kept in rooms with tiny tiger cages placed around the room, giving them hardly any space to stretch their legs.
According to the report released on Global Tiger Day on June 29, the animals are facing accelerated extinction because of the thriving tourism business.
The organization added there are less than 3,900 tigers left in the wild as more than 8,000 of the animals are kept in Asian tiger farms.
Conditions in the "entertainment venues" are seeing cubs mishandled and tigers punished as staff attempt to stop the animals acting aggressively towards the tourists, despite being poked to roar for the selfies.
The report revealed that at least 17 of the entertaining venues in Thailand are treating tigers this way, sparking fears of more mistreatment as the industry has grown by more than a third in just five years.
After uncovering the appalling treatment, World Animal Protection called on governments worldwide to investigate tiger entertainment venues and close down those that show evidence of illegal trade, cruelty or neglect.
The organisation has also called on travel companies to stop selling tickets to the tiger farms and other cruel wildlife attractions.
Gilbert Sape, Wildlife Campaign Manager Asia-Pacific, said: "TripAdvisor, the largest travel site in the world, continues to promote and sell tickets to cruel wildlife attractions. Instead of selling tickets to some of the cruellest places like Sriracha Tiger Zoo, they could be a part of the solution and help to end the suffering of tigers."
A spokesperson for TripAdvisor said: “The role of animals in tourism is a highly complex issue involving a variety of stakeholders with diverse points of view. TripAdvisor takes this issue seriously.
"Currently, there is no universally agreed upon criteria by which to assess animal welfare practices, and no feasible means by which an online resource like ours could centrally audit such practices around the globe.
"While it is the responsibility of national governments and local regulatory bodies to monitor businesses in their respective jurisdictions, TripAdvisor recognizes that the travel and tourism community can be a positive catalyst for change.
"We are committed to exploring this in a thoughtful and responsible manner to protect animal welfare, while serving the needs of our TripAdvisor community, promoting sustainable tourism, and respecting the economic interests of the reputable partners who make their living in this area.
TripAdvisor is committed to working constructively with leaders in the animal protection, welfare and conservation space who are open to finding reasonable and scalable solutions. This is a process that deserves thoughtful and deliberate consideration.”