Floyd Mayweather has landed in an animal rights storm after his video with two of his pet tigers was posted on Instagram by a member of his entourage.
In the video, the pugilist can be seen holding the leash of one of the tigers in a room full of several other people.
The tiger is seen walking about the room in a leash as Mayweather struggles to control the animal. The boxer tries to pet the animal’s fur a couple of times but the big cat is not keen to play.
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Eventually the boxer ends up with the leashes of both his tigers in his hands but after a while hands them to his entourage members.
Clearly, the tigers did not seem to enjoy the closed environment, being put on a leash and in between so many people.
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Perhaps this was the point that the PETA UK Director Elisa Allen was making when she said, per BBC: “Most people know that tigers belong in the wild, where they can live with their families, explore their native environment, and roam hundreds of miles.
"Captivity is a living hell for animals who are meant to run free.
"If Floyd Mayweather cared about tigers at all, he would transfer this animal to a reputable sanctuary and put his muscle and money into protecting them in their natural habitats."
Several fans aren't happy
Several other people posted similar messages on the Instagram page where the video was originally shared.
One person with the handle raachmorris said, “…#notpets I really can't see the logic behind it? And people think it's cool to keep them as pets and chain them up?? #setthemfree #peta…Do something good with your money and donate to the wildlife sanctuarys instead of chaining them up!”
Not the first time Floyd's been in pet trouble
This is not the first time that Mayweather has landed in a soup because of his love for tigers. In 2015, he received a gift of a Bengal tiger from his friends in Russia and he posted a picture with her on his own Instagram page, asking for name suggestions.
He was chastised as much then as he is being now for not caring about the animal’s rights.
Pugilists seem to have a special fondness for the endangered big cats. Mike Tyson also owned three Bengal tigers and loved to flaunt his pets in videos. He even appeared with one of the tigers in the movie The Hangover.
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