MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say!
So this guy by the name of Nawaz Sharif is campaigning to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. His nickname is “sher” or tiger, and his party’s mascot is the tiger. And being an opportunistic politician (like most of them are), he has capitalized on that nickname by having tigers on display at his campaign rallies.
Last Thursday, the Times of India reported that a white tiger that had been on display at some of his rallies had died from prolonged exposure to heat. Obviously this brought negative publicity on the campaign, and many Pakistanis were asking if this was not a bad omen.
Apparently not. It seems the tiger that was brought unconscious to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore and later died, has miraculously come back to life. Indeed, it is claimed the tiger was never sick at all!
The purported owner of this tiger, Idrees Ahmed, told BBC News that the tiger is his baby, and that it lies on top of his car, unrestrained, at campaign rallies. When asked if it might be a bad idea to take an unrestrained tiger to campaign rallies, his response was, “It doesn’t bite.”
Regardless of WHAT really happened, the use of the tiger at campaign rallies is a violation of international law, according to the World Wildlife Fund. It’s also incredibly stupid.
Animal abuse? Definitely. But exactly what kind? I guess we won’t know that until after the election.