The United States Department of Agriculture ordered Dade City’s Wild Things to end its tiger cub swimming encounters and pay a $21,000 fine for exposing the animals to “rough or excessive public handling.”
Located in Dade City, Florida, Wild Things swimming with tiger encounters broke the law by allowing the tigers to be harmed during handling and exposed people to dangerous conditions four times between September 2011 and October 2012. The order takes effect on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
The decision follows a lawsuit the USDA filed in July 2015 citing Animal Welfare Act violations. A lawsuit filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in October, alleges the zoo’s encounter program violates the Endangered Species Act, is still pending.