Lion tug-of-wars slammed by animal groups
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Video shows Dartmoor Zoo staff in tiger tug-of-war

A video shows staff at Dartmoor Zoo demonstrating a tug-of-war with a tiger that animal rights groups has branded as disrespectful to animals.

Visitors are charged £15 to try and pull a piece of meat out of the mouth of either a lion or a tiger.

The zoo said visitor engagement is an "important part of developing empathy with and respect for zoo animals".

"Well-managed big cat tug-of-war activities offer lions the opportunities to engage in a physically and mentally challenging activity.

"Such activities are a well recognised part of the evolving improvements in animal welfare that we see in modern zoo facilities," the zoo added.

  • 21 Feb 2019