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Update: Live tiger will NOT be part of Saturday’s event. According to Pete Grinnell, owner of Napleton Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge: “I am allowing the Orlando Jeep Club to hold a event on my property…. Once I was made aware that there was a live tiger as part of their promotion, I told their representative that we will have no part of it.” He added, “My family and I are not advocates of captive wild animals and never have been. We have never used and will never use captive animals for entertainment.” ARFF would like to thank Mr. Grinnell for his compassionate decision!


jeep_logo.jpgFor at least the second year in a row, the Orlando Jeep Club is planning to include a live tiger at one of their public charity events. On Saturday, April 2, the club will host “Show & Shine” at Napleton Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge in Kissimmee. The event is promised to be “Fun for the whole family,” but the day will not be any fun for the “LIVE tiger” that will be used for photo ops. The noises and crowds will be frightening and confusing for the animal. Subjecting animals to this kind of stress is not only cruel, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Last year, an event sponsored by the Orlando Jeep Club at the Napleton dealership in Clermont featured a tiger owned by animal exhibitor Janice Haley (”Chuffer & Co.”). Haley’s history shows why keeping and exhibiting big cats as pets is a bad idea.

At a truck show in Kissimmee in July 2009, inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Haley “has not exhibited the tiger with adequate distance and barriers as she has been informed to do on previous inspections,” and “the handlers do not have adequate control of the tiger when he gets startled by background/street noises.” In other words, watch out!

In May 2008, Janice Haley was cited for violating the Animal Welfare Act after “Takoda,” a 4-month-old tiger died after surgery to remove his claws. The USDA prohibits declawing tigers and other big cats. “Saber,” another of Haley’s tigers, was also subjected to the cruel procedure, but he survived.

Please contact the Orlando Jeep Club and Napleton Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge and ask, for the safety of the public and the welfare of the animals, that tigers be removed from the April 2 event.

Bob Orr, President
The Orlando Jeep Club
E-mail: bob@orlandojeepclub.com (cc: info@orlandojeepclub.com, board@orlandojeepclub.com)

Pete Grinnell, Owner
Napleton Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge
E-mail: pete@napleton.com
Phone: (866) 934-0552
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7 Responses to “Do you drive a Jeep? Do you care about animals?”

  1. on 28 Mar 2011 at 2:41 pm Lorrie Morris

    Please be a voice for all animals used in entertainment or advertising. They deserve to be placed in appropriate sanctuaries.

  2. on 28 Mar 2011 at 4:00 pm Valarie Oloman

    I am shocked and disturbed about recent news that JEEP is going to use a “live” tiger to promote its products! Sorry but this is a backward way of thinking in this day and age and there are many people who are sick and tired of corporations using animals for their greed!!

    I am sharing this news on Facebook and petitioning against your use of this tiger or any live animal for your greedy marketing purposes!

    Wake up corporations, we are not going to take it anymore!! Your name is going to be posted all over Facebook and an animal abuser!


  3. on 28 Mar 2011 at 4:12 pm Chris

    It is my understanding that, after review and reconsideration, Chuffer & Co. will NOT be present at the April 2nd show.

    This is not new information - the decision was made prior to the posting of this blog.

    It is unfortunate that good news does not get passed along as rapid bad news does.

  4. on 28 Mar 2011 at 7:55 pm Debra Libby


    There is no need for this!!! Show some ethics and concern for the animals.The tiger does not belong in this atmosphere and does not prove any point!!
    Our family is more apt to not be inclined to purchase a chrysler product due to disconcern and disregard to the animals!!

    Debra Libby
    Boca Raton, FL

  5. on 30 Mar 2011 at 5:15 pm Charlene

    Thank you for NOT using a live tiger during your event on Saturday. I applaud you for taking a stand and speaking out publicly that you do not believe in holding animals captive for events purposes.

  6. on 12 Nov 2011 at 1:07 pm Amy

    Actually Takoda died after surgery to correct a birth defect in his tail. He spend four days in intensive care and a later necropsy showed that he died of a heart defect. They were crushed when the little guy died, but so many people were under the perception that a bent tail was damage not just how he was formed so the surgery was scheduled.

  7. on 24 May 2012 at 1:17 am Arlene Kowalski

    To be a responsible owner in the state of Florida one must “exhitit and educate” about their animals. Being in attendance at public events is mandated by the USDA. The tiger in question is very used to being in public, and the noises associated with is. Do you think the jungle is quiet? Do you think the jungle is not hot? As far as distance and barried go, the barrier was ordered mover 6INCHES, which it immediately was. As far as the 2 handlers not having sufficient control of the animal, did you fail to notice the 5 ton marina chain that was attatched to the tiger, which was attached to a steel bar, which was attatched to the truck? Seriously, do you think the owners of such a magnificent specimen would in any way put their cat in jeopardy on getting loose? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is what makes this country great, and if you do not want to see a live tiger…Do Not Come, don’t take away other’s choice to see one.

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