May 10, 2022


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Netflix’s Tiger King: Big cats mustn’t be caged

Our brief review of Netflix documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”

During the Covid-19 lockdown, like millions other people, we and friends binge-watched the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”. The documentary was released on 20 March 2020.

The storyline focuses on the personalities behind captive animal ownership, especially on the rivalries between zoo keeper Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. Their enmity leads up to criminal and civil litigation. However, the actual issue of captive animals is not given centre-stage in a documentary series titled ‘Tiger King.’

The issue of captive animals is one at the heart of campaigns by wildlife campaigners such as Advocates4Earth.

Zoos are not for conservation They are for profit.

In Zimbabwe there still exists a number of zoos and some questionable sanctuaries and wildlife orphanages as well.

The hope is that at the end, quite a number of zoo keepers and workers ended up realising the folly of zookeeping.

As Jeff from the Tiger King documentary says, ‘Not a single animal benefited from this war.”

As Advocates4Earth and fraternal environmental and animal rights organisations , we have been campaigning against the capture and trade in African wildlife especially to zoos in Asia, America, the Middle East, Europe and other areas that are beyond the animals’ natural range States.

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