I usually try not to get involved in other country’s government affair. But this is beyond madness!
I don’t even know these two dudes, but apparently they’re quite higher up in the government position of America. And look what they’ve done!
Look at how they’re so proud! This isn’t something to be proud of! This is a shame!
Do something about this, internet!
(link to photo source here)
urbanmongoose and naturepunk, help me out here. The tiger pelt looks vintage, in which case I imagine it’s perfectly legal. HOWEVER, this still rubs me the wrong way and Cruz is enough of a sleezeball to pull this kind of shit.
That looks fairly old, or at least not in great condition. While it is possible that they bought it new from someone who didn’t know their taxidermy very well (look at some of the crap that’s coming out of China on Etsy), there are also a couple of big vintage taxidermy dealers in Texas. It is legal to buy and sell CITES I animals like tigers within state boundaries IF they’re certified as legal and killed before a particular point. However, they may have violated the Lacey Act if they brought it out of the state.
^ this is all important information to have before people go on a big internet crusade to attack these men for something they may very well not have even done.
If that’s the case, the fact that they posted this on twitter is still unacceptable. Regardless of how they obtain this tiger skin rug, they should not promote wild animal parts trade. They smile so wide like owning a tiger skin is something to be proud of in this day. If people who doesn’t know about legal stuff see this, and think that they want one too, they will find a way to obtain one and it might not be a legal way.
Honestly, even if it is 100% legal, there would have been much better ways for them to announce it besides “LOL SHOPPING TRIP!” Granted, they’re Republicans and so less likely to be concerned with conservation (not that there aren’t Republican conservationists!) but they missed a great opportunity to talk about the illegal trade in tiger and other CITES I parts. Like “Hey, this is an antique [assuming it actually is], but did you know that widespread hunting of tigers is still happening? Here’s how to stop it!”
…I know, I know, I hope for too much. *sigh*
Y’know, another thought I had on this is that, once again, people are conflating “endangered species that are REALLY REALLY endangered” with “endangered species where limited hunting is still allowed”. I really wish there was a specific, commonly-used term for animals like the tiger and other CITES I animals to differentiate between them and CITES II species like the gray wolf that can still be hunted in Alaska and Canada.
Every time something like this happens, people who genuinely want to keep animals from going extinct start screaming about the hunting of *any* animal, and that’s where the misunderstandings come from. Hell, I’ve had people tell me we should stop hunting whitetail deer and elk because they might all go away, with no understanding of things like hunting seasons, licenses, and the like.
It’s frustrating, really.