Khloe Kardashian has become the latest celebrity to anger animal rights campaigners AND fans by posing with a wild animal for a recent MazSight photo.
Beyoncé was slammed in January for posting photos of herself, Jay-Z, and Blue Ivy petting a tiger in Thailand, but it seems Khloe hasn’t learnt from the outrage that was directed at them, as she decided to share a photo of herself getting ‘kisses’ from a tiger cub in Dubai.
The 30-year-old seemed to be having a whale of a time (no pun intended) at the Dubai zoo (at least, that’s where we assume they were), posting photos of herself feeding a giraffe and hugging an orangutan.
However, as cute as the photos are, animal rights activists are particularly upset with Khloe’s tiger photo, arguing that these animals belong in the wild and should not be used as ‘props’ in selfies.
Silia Smith of world Animal Protection told DailyMail.com: “We’re disappointed to see yet another celebrity posing with a wild animal. Tiger cubs belong in the wild, with their mothers – not in captivity for use as entertainment or photo props.
“While interacting with wild tigers may seem harmless, people posing with wildlife don’t realize that a ‘once in a lifetime’ photo for them means a lifetime of misery for the animal.
“To be used for entertainment, wild tigers are cruelly poached from the wild as babies or bred in captivity.”
She also warned that tigers can be “highly unpredictable,” and have mauled several tourists.
Silia added: “To people like Khloe Kardashian who love animals, our message is simple: see them in the wild.”
But it wasn’t just animal rights activists who had something to say about Khloe’s snap, with many fans also commenting on the photo itself to air their views.
One user wrote: “Cub petting is one of the most abusive forms of ‘entertainment’ out there,” while another simply said: “not cool Khloe!!!!!”
Another commented: “Tigers are not pets and not novelty items.”
There were, of course, others describing the photo as lovely, but it’s clear that taking animals out of their natural environment in order to take a cute selfie is ALWAYS going to be controversial.
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