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The True Cost of Your Cute Lion or Tiger ‘Selfie’ (Video)

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Many of us have seen them, and some of us have either taken them ourselves, or been envious of those friends that have been able to travel to distant countries and get up close and personal with tigers and lions to get that coveted selfie. Guaranteeing a slew of Facebook likes and comments, this picture is sure to make your friends jealous. But at what cost does it take to get this selfie? Surely these lions and tigers are trained in such a way so they won’t attack in order to ensure your safety as the tourist. But is it really worth it?

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Lions and tigers that are used at tourist attractions are often heavily sedated, trained using violence as a means of control, and the baby cubs are taken from their mothers at just a few weeks old. The babies don’t even get to drink their mother’s milk after this and are instead fed a milk substitute so that the hoards of tourists have a chance to feed the baby cubs out of bottles, for yet again another ‘adorable’ photo op.

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You can’t necessarily blame the tourists, though. Most people are ignorant to how these animals are being treated and just assume it is with with love and care. The fact of the matter, though, is that anytime you are taking animals out of their natural habitat and restricting them to living in cages and doing tricks, you better believe that there is something wrong with this picture, and by no means did those animals walk into the cages, enclosures, and zoos willing to be a part of this money making machine designed to profit off of tourists.

The following video shows footage from Dade City’s Wild Things, a popular animal attraction park, and how the staff was mistreating the animals there. Cubs were being jerked around by the leash, dragged by the neck, hit, grabbed and even tossed into a pool; there are other clear instances of abuse and neglect.

VIDEO: Animals Being Abused At Dade City’s Wild Things

What Has Been Done?

People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) have filed a lawsuit alleging that the roadside zoo is in direct violation with the Endangered Species Act. This act prohibits harming and/or harassing protected animals and an undercover PETA worker who volunteered at DCWT in 2015 and 2016 and found that the tiger cubs had been forced into encounters with customers a few times a day even when they resisted and cried out.

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As the video shows, one cub was struggling to keep her head above the water during a training session and was forced to swim for more than 10 minutes even though she appeared to have a spinal deformity or neurological disease. Cubs were removed from their mothers within hours or days after birth.

“Dade City’s Wild Things is churning out tiger cub after tiger cub to be manhandled and exploited as props in photo ops and then left to suffer in barren cages,” said PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA is calling on the public to refuse to support this cruel tourist trap’s abuse and exploitation of endangered animals.”

What Can You Do?

If you are someone who is appalled by what you saw and you would like to help and give a voice to the voiceless, the first step is to absolutely stop supporting companies such as these. If they are profiting off of the exploitation of animals then you can almost guarantee that they are being mistreated in some way. Help to spread the word — many people are simply unaware of what goes on behind closed doors; share this information with your friends and family. Next time you see one of those popular lion or tiger “selfies” use that as your chance to educate your friends. You don’t have to be rude, just offer this information that they may have otherwise been unaware of.

Because of activism and awareness, popular travel site TripAdvisor has recently announced that they will halt ticket sales to all cruel wildlife attractions and will soon offer an education portal for readers to access on what it means for animals to be treated in a humane way. It is so important to remember that we absolutely can make a difference in the world and a great way to do that is by standing up for what you believe in, voting with your dollar, and by raising awareness about issues such as these!

Read More: The featured photo from this article was taken by a writer from popular media website, Truth Theory. In the article below she shares her experiences about getting this photo and what she was able to uncover by doing so!

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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We’ve done this for a number of reasons, mainly due to the struggles we’ve had with regards to extreme censorship at Collective Evolution. We hope you join us over at The Pulse in our quest to keep doing what we do!

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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