The Carters are under fire after family photos surfaced online of the Bey and Blue playing with a baby tiger during their recent visit to Thailand. And apparently — World Animal Protection wildlife expert Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach is not happy about it.
“A tiger is not a plaything,” she said in a statement. “Their health and well-being should not be sacrificed for a photo opportunity. When you look behind the scenes, vacation snaps like these support an industry that relies on animal cruelty… this sordid side of tourism is conveniently hidden from public view.”
Schmidt-Burbach also offered advice for travelers to make sure they don’t make the same mistake as The Carters:
“I urge anyone who is thinking about posing with a wild animal to watch World Animal Protection’s video to learn the facts before they book their next vacation,” she suggested. “Once people know the truth, they can take action to end this cruelty by choosing to see wild animals in the wild where they belong.”