Early in 2021, the Inspection Brigade (BCA) of the Argentina Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development raided an illegal breeding farm in Balcarce in the province of Buenos Aires. The authorities confiscated over 300 animals! Amongst these, were two male tigers. Unfortunately, as tigers are a non-native species in Argentina, there is no species-appropriate place in the country for big cats, and the tigers remained at the shutdown breeding farm.
During subsequent inspections following the raid, the Ministry reported that the tigers – 18 and 5 years old – were being kept separately and in highly inappropriate conditions. Their health had deteriorated and both tigers were underweight, undernourished, and dehydrated. They needed urgent care and an appropriate home.
The authorities contacted FOUR PAWS for help.