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!
For 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.