Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Miami School Faces Backlash for Caged Tiger at Prom

Miami School Faces Backlash for Caged Tiger at Prom

Miami's Christopher Columbus High School hosted its annual prom last Friday at the Double Tree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center, but received backlash from some who believed that having the animal there for entertainment purposes was equivalent to animal abuse.

"My mom doesn't appreciate that she spent $200 for prom and got this type of attraction", the student's sister, Marie-Christine Castellanos, said.

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"The tiger was in distress", said Castellanos.

Pugh insisted that the tiger was kept in a "controlled environment and handled by professionals approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation", but said the school understands "how some individuals may be concerned".

The private, all-boys college prep Catholic school defended its move, saying it had two police officers on-site and that the tiger was only present for "a few minutes".

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Along with Christopher Columbus High School, school officials said Infinity Sound Production and a company called Wild Animals were involved in planning the dance.

Castellanos said she was anxious the tiger was uncomfortable on being put on display and added her brother was unwilling to come forward for the fear of retaliation from the school, reported ABC news.

"Some individuals have expressed their sentiments about the use of animals as part of a performance at prom", he said.

But the animal's appearance left students' loved ones crying foul, calling this blatant animal abuse.

Wendy Higgins, the Director of International Media at Humane Society International told Newsweek Castellanos and others "are right to be outraged at the utterly inappropriate display of a caged tiger at the prom".

It "was never harmed or in danger, was not forced to perform, was always accompanied by his handlers, and for the great majority of the time was lying down in a relaxed state facing away from the audience", the school continued. When they can not be, they belong in reputable sanctuaries where the needs of the animals come first. This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the animals.

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