Prom was actually an evening to recollect for the scholars at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami — and for the caged dwell tiger who was placed on show at their dance. In line with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, in the course of the non-public all-boys faculty’s dance final Friday night time on the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Conference Middle, a tiger and different caged wild animals have been introduced out for a couple of minutes alongside a number of hearth dancers, as a part of the promenade’s “Welcome to the Jungle” theme. Within the days following the occasion, many have taken to social media to criticize what they see as the varsity’s resolution to exploit wild animals for their very own leisure.
Marie-Christine Castellanos, whose brother attends Columbus Excessive, shared her ideas concerning the incident on Facebook on Saturday. “How shameful for Christopher Columbus High school …showing its students on prom night who is the ‘king of the jungle’ this poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present, it is not the student [sic] fault to be so naive BUT it’s the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, they are responsible for this tigers [sic] misery: ask yourselves this: 1. DID THIS TIGER ASK TO ATTEND PROM? 2. Why didn’t anyone open the cage and see what would happen to these ‘Brave and courageous fire performers?’ 3. WHY DOES CCHS ALLOW SUCH ANIMAL CRUELTY?”
Castellanos additionally spoke to CBS Miami concerning the promenade’s occasions. “Tigers are wild animals. They don’t need to be displayed as objects for our amusement. They don’t like the fire, the cages, the music, the teenagers with the cameras. They didn’t ask for that, they don’t have voices,” she stated.
Ron Magill, a spokesperson for ZooMiami, agreed with Castellanos’s evaluation. He instructed the Miami Herald that, based mostly on pictures and movies from the occasion, the tiger was “obviously stressed.” “The tiger is clearly looking for a way to get out of that situation, it’s not difficult to interpret that behavior,” Magill stated. “He was surrounded by people, cell phones, lights, jugglers juggling fire. I really don’t know what they were thinking. Exploiting animals for entertainment at parties — that time has passed. We know better; we’ve been educated.”
PETA additionally launched an announcement concerning the tiger, telling NBC Miami, “Wild animals aren’t prom decorations. Displaying a tiger in a tiny cage and allowing students to handle lemurs is cruel to the animals and dangerous for the students, and it sends the harmful message that living beings are props to be used for human amusement.”
As information of the controversial promenade leisure unfold, even individuals unassociated with the varsity shared their outrage over the matter on-line. “Story of tiger at “promenade” makes me sick. To traumatize the animal in a small cage, amidst lights and noise, is cruelty. I cannot believe a school would sanction this for ANY activity. Who does this? @EarlyStart,” one person wrote. “Disgusting! Bringing a tiger to a school prom! Poor thing must have been terrified! I suppose at least most of the kids realised how wrong it was, shame on the adults who organised it!” another penned.
In line with the Solar Sentinel, Christopher Columbus Excessive College directors stated that the tiger, two macaws, and African fennec fox that have been on show on the dance have been equipped by a facility that’s licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee, and that two native cops have been standing by the complete time.
Teen Vogue has reached out to Christopher Columbus Excessive College for remark.