While this video raises some valid points, several of its claims are not necessarily true. In the twenty-first century there are enough strains of white tigers that the health defects of the past are not as critical an issue as they once were. However, any discussion of tiger breeding at all needs to address one big question: Do you believe that wild tigers can be saved? Personally, I don’t think so. I believe that in the next few decades the last wild tiger will be killed and we will be left with only captive bred tigers. There has simply been too much destruction of their habitats and people are simply reproducing much too quickly. As such, is there any harm in breeding healthy tiger stock in captivity? It’s hard to say. The real harm has been done over the past few hundred years and few people have cared to stand up and say “Stop!” but now we can be in an uproar because there have been health issues in certain breeding programs? That seems a little bit like closing the gate after the horse has run off. This is a complex issue with a lot of hard choices to be made. As for white tigers, I will say this: If their existence helps open up dialogues about the plight of tigers in the wild, why not breed them, if it can be done so without risk to their health?
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- mariath While this video raises some valid po...