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Carnivore Preservation Trust seeks aid for tiger cubs

Posted Saturday, February 5, 2005

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The Carnivore Preservation Trust has launched a campaign to support the rescue of two tiger cubs found wandering on a road bordering Cleveland and Gaston counties earlier this month.

The approximately 6-month-old cubs are temporarily in quarantine at the N.C. Zoo.

The zoo has been pushing for several years to have state laws passed to restrict private ownership of exotics. Currently there is no state regulation on exotics and only about 30 of North Carolina’s 100 counties have local restriction. Within the last 18 months, two North Carolina children have been mauled by tigers, including a young Wilkes County boy who was killed.

"This is just the latest example of a huge ongoing problem that the State Legislature needs to address,” said Dr. David Jones, Director of the N.C. Zoo. “These animals being kept in private hands pose a real threat to public safety and are detrimental to the welfare of the animals themselves.”

Jones added that an effort will be made to have exotic pet legislation introduced in this year’s session of the State Legislature.

When they complete quarantine within the next 30 to 60 days, they will move to their permanent home at CPT. Since tigers can live 20 years or more in captivity, the cost of care for the two cubs could run up to $350,000 for their lifetime.

The immediate fund-raising goal for preparation to bring the cubs to CPT is set at $70,000. In addition, CPT is offering a business opportunity to name or sponsor the habitat that the tiger cubs will call home.

In preparation for their arrival, CPT is also kicking off a contest to name the cubs. Anyone may nominate names for the boy cub and girl cub by visiting the web site and clicking on the update link under "Tiger Cub Rescue" or by mailing nominations to Name The Cubs c/o CPT, 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 27. CPT staff will select the top five names for each of the cubs. The public will then be able to vote from March 1 through March 6.

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[i]The CPT is a nonprofit sanctuary located in Pittsboro and is home to 109 animals of 10 different species. For more information, call (919) 542-4684 or visit the web site. Donations may be sent to the Carnivore Preservation Trust, 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. Donations and gifts are tax deductible. [/]

 
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