A man who kept a rare black leopard in his backyard has been charged after the cat inevitably attacked a "customer."
This terrible story proves the recklessness of people keeping wild animals in captivity...
Over the years, there has been an endless debate over the humanity of zoos.
via: GettyKeeping animals locked up behind bars for their entire lives is, quite simply, inhumane and cruel.
But there is a difference between a zoo and a wildlife sanctuary ...
via: GettyAnimals in a zoo are bought, sold, traded, and bred, whilst animals in a sanctuary are contained purely because they cannot live alone in the wild.
Animal sanctuaries are known to adapt much more to the animals' natural surroundings.
via: GettyWhilst zoos are in place purely for profit.
Zoos have argued that they serve an environmental purpose in the past...
via: Getty ImagesBut this has been repeatedly shot down by many animal welfare organizations. "Despite their professed concern for animals, zoos can more accurately be described as 'collections' of interesting animals than as actual havens or homes," PETA said in a bold statement about animal captivity.
Despite animal sanctuaries claiming to be more humane, some people take advantage of this.
via: YoutubeSetting up their own illegal "sanctuaries" at home. Whilst animals are the ones who pay the price, visitors and staff can also suffer.
When a wild animal is locked up against their will, they often end up lashing out...
via: GettyAnd this doesn't just apply to animals living in zoos.
Animals kept in any form of captivity are bound to experience high levels of stress...
via: GettyAnd this brings us to our most recent tragic story.
A new trend of people wanting to get up close and personal with dangerous animals has started to surface...
via: GettyAnd people who own these animals (often illegally) are putting people in dangerous situations for money.
A Florida man has been mauled by a black leopard in a man's backyard...After paying $150 for a “full-contact experience" with the rare cat.
Fifty-year-old Dwight Turner paid Michael Poggi to pet the cat...Which should have sent alarm bells ringing.
It definitely wasn't worth it...
@WPLGLocal10 Seems like animal abuse to me.... Michael Poggi should be fully investigated. Where is @peta ?— Judy Judy (@Judy Judy)1603925652.0
Turner found Poggi on his Facebook page where he sells exotic animals.He claims to “run an animal sanctuary for rare and endangered animals." Yep.
Black leopards are extremely rare and need a vast area to roam.
via: GettyThey're so rare that a few years ago one was spotted in Africa for the first time in 100 years.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gave a report on the incident...Stating that as soon as Turner entered the enclosure, the leopard attacked.
And as you can guess, his injuries were severe...The report says there was significant injury to his scalp and "his right ear was torn in half."
Turner has had to have reconstructive surgery to fix his injuries.
via: YoutubeHe can be seen with his head covered in bandages.
Amazingly, Poggi does have a license to keep the animal...
via: YoutubeBut admitted what he did was illegal.
He has been charged for letting Turner have full contact with the animal despite the obvious risks.
via: YoutubeAnd has been cited for keeping the large cat in an unsafe environment. Not to mention inhumane.
Why he was allowed to keep the leopard in the first place doesn't make sense...And proves that more regulations need to be in place to protect these animals from fake sanctuaries.
Poggi has refused to comment on the situation.
@WPLGLocal10 A fool got what a fool paid for. No sympathy— **2021 is still on probation** (@**2021 is still on probation**)1603931088.0