Let Them Go IV: A few years back it was “Summer of the Shark.” Now it is “Autumn of the Tiger.” One tiger bites a performer in Las Vegas. Another bites a guy in Harlem. And…..presto…you get CNN, flood the zone coverage in newspapers AND a word from the New York Times editors who, taking time out from Iraq and the Middle East, opine thus in an editorial:

“But the ultimate illusion onstage at the MGM Mirage and at Mr. Yates’s apartment was always the illusion that these animals could be tamed, an image reinforced by innumerable publicity photos of Siegfried & Roy lounging with their animals. As Montecore and Ming have proved, tigers, like all big cats, remain wild under the skin, even if they have never lived in the wild. Big cats deserve better than to be kept as pets. There are as few as 5,000 tigers remaining in the wild, down from some 100,000 a century ago. Tigers have enough trouble as it is.”

You know the planets are moving into alignment when the august NYT is lining up with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who managed to flame Roy Horn with a fax to his Las Vegas hospital room. Wrote PETA VP Dan Matthews:

“Perhaps Friday’s frightening incident will make you realize that a brightly lit stage with pounding music and a screaming audience is not the natural habitat for tigers, lions, or any other exotic animals….The only natural thing that happened on that stage was that this majestic animal lashed out against a captor who was beating him with a microphone because he wouldn’t do a trick….No matter how much you say that you love the wild animals whom you have confined continents away from their natural homes, you are still the men who have subjugated their wills and natures to further your own careers.”

Note to PETA: Ummm, I don’t think Horn is reading quite yet.

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