Tigers punched for fun at horrifying "sanctuaries" in China

August 1, 2016 by  
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Even today, when global organizations like the World Wildlife Fund have brought conservation to the forefront of conversation, animal abuse still happens. Some of it is covered up by organizations posing as “sanctuaries” that do good. Wildlife photographer Paul Hilton recently shared an Instagram photograph taken at one such “sanctuary,” the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in China, of a tourist cheerfully punching a tiger for fun. Hilton snapped the photo of a tiger being hit a few years ago, but said the practice continues today. At the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village, tigers are drugged and then punched . The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) estimates there are 200 tiger farms in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos, where unspeakable crimes against animals are being perpetrated. Related: 40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer Not only are tigers hit for entertainment at tiger farms, they’re often ” speed bred :” tiger babies are taken away from mothers instantly after birth, and the mothers are forced to breed again swiftly. The babies are often used for selfies. Tigers are also killed so their bones can be used for tiger wine, which many believe acts as an aphrodisiac. There are up to 8,000 tigers forced to live in these horrific tiger farms, while only around 3,890 tigers still live in the wild. The issue of tiger abuse is by no means limited to Asia. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), about 5,000 tigers live in captivity in the United States. But most of these tigers aren’t in zoos – 95 percent are “privately owned,” often by people who have no idea how to properly care for them. Further, ” tiger encounters ” – where people can pose for pictures with tigers, often young cubs – mean there’s motivation for people to own and breed tigers. When tigers used for selfies grow up, it’s more difficult for the illegal owners to feed them and the tigers often end up in the hands of illegal wildlife traders who sell them in parts. WWF started a petition to Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, to “fully ban public contact with tigers in the US.” WWF policy experts say action in the United States will send a ” positive signal ” to governments in Asia considering what to do about the appalling tiger farms. + Sign On to Help Protect Tigers Via One Green Planet Images via Paul Hilton on Instagram and Pixabay

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Foldable bike scooter combo runs entirely on electricity

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Seen On Screen TV (SONT) is crowdfunding on Indiegogo right now for their ScootMatic : a foldable scooter and bicycle combination that’s powered completely by electricity . SONT describes the ScootMatic as the lightest “bike/scooter” in the world. The ScootMatic can travel 28 miles on one charge and recharges in three to five hours. SONT’s vision was to design a “unique, innovative, and smooth” vehicle. They came up with the ScootMatic, a hybrid that blends the functionality of a scooter with a look similar to a bicycle . Another goal was to create an environmentally friendly vehicle, so SONT gave the ScootMatic a Samsung lithium battery allowing it to run on electricity. The vehicle also features an LED headlight and LED display. Related: Movpak hybrid backpack and electric skateboard is a commuter’s dream The ScootMatic can reach speeds of 16 miles per hour, and SONT says it navigates up hills with ease. They recommend the ScootMatic for those looking for a fun alternative to cars or public transportation in cities and suburbs. The scooter bike combo is light and easy to transport: it weighs about 39 pounds, and when it is folded, it has a length of 48 inches, height of 22 inches, and width of 9.5 inches. SONT says the ScootMatic folds up in just one second. The scooter bike sports other fun features like a leather seat, remote control starter, and Bluetooth speakers. It’s made of “aviation aluminum” and includes a “car-like alarm system.” According to SONT, the team has been working on the ScootMatic for more than a year, and as opposed to other tech products that can be found on Indiegogo, “…the SONT INC team has the experience of bringing many projects to life.” There’s just under one week left to go in the campaign; you can check the ScootMatic out on Indiegogo here . After the campaign, the ScootMatic will cost $1,799; an early bird special offers the scooter bike for just $799. + ScootMatic + Seen On Screen TV Images via Seen On Screen TV

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