Is a “selfie” worth an animal’s life?

Sharing photos on social media sites is a fun way for celebrities to show fans what they’re up to. But when celebrities take “selfies” with exotic animals like tiger and lion cubs, there’s much more to the picture than meets the eye.

Big cat cubs suffer terribly for that selfie. The cubs usually come from cruel captive breeding situations. The cubs quickly become too large and dangerous to be around people. So what happens then? Many of the cubs spend the rest of their lives in backyard cages or pseudo-sanctuaries.This is true whether you're visiting a U.S. facility or on an exotic vacation overseas.

Unfortunately, fans of the celebrities often visit the same facilities to take their own selfies and pet the cubs, only perpetuating the cycle of cruelty.

This needs to stop. That’s why we’re urging the public to make sure they’re taking “safe selfies” when including animals - whether they are in the wild or in captivity - and not taking the selfie when it might enganger the animal

Take our Safe Selfies pledge today, and then spread the word by sharing our #safeselfies campaign with your friends.

Thank you for helping us protect animals!

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Sharing photos on social media sites is a fun way for celebrities to show fans what they’re up to. But when celebrities take “selfies” with exotic animals like tiger and lion cubs, there’s much more to the picture than meets the eye.

Big cat cubs suffer terribly for that selfie. The cubs usually come from cruel captive breeding situations. The cubs quickly become too large and dangerous to be around people. So what happens then? Many of the cubs spend the rest of their lives in backyard cages or pseudo-sanctuaries.This is true whether you're visiting a U.S. facility or on an exotic vacation overseas.

Unfortunately, fans of the celebrities often visit the same facilities to take their own selfies and pet the cubs, only perpetuating the cycle of cruelty.

This needs to stop. That’s why we’re urging the public to make sure they’re taking “safe selfies” when including animals - whether they are in the wild or in captivity - and not taking the selfie when it might enganger the animal

Take our Safe Selfies pledge today, and then spread the word by sharing our #safeselfies campaign with your friends.

Thank you for helping us protect animals!

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