Hundreds sign online petition against live tiger show at Essex County Fair

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People in New York’s North Country are protesting online against an entertainment option that’s been booked for the Essex County Fair.

The 171st annual fair begins August 14, and that afternoon, Nerger’s Tigers will hold the first of 13 performances during the fair’s five-day run.

The show is based in the state of Florida and bills itself on its website as “the largest and most spectacular presentation of Bengal and Siberian tigers traveling in North America today,” similar to the tigers that were part of the now-closed Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus.

But a Jay, New York, man has started an online petition to protest Nerger’s Tigers, writing “I don’t think it would be ideal for the board of supervisors to approve the use of live animals at the fair this year or any year after.”

As of Tuesday morning, more than 1,500 people have signed it. Some of them have included comments, such as:

  • “This is barbaric. We won’t go to the fair if the tiger is there.”
  • “I’m tired of people treating animals like they’re just dumb beasts.”
  • “This is Cruel!”

Nerger’s Tigers attracted similar objections during their run last month at a county fair just outside of Akron, Ohio.

Animal rights protests contributed to the closure of Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey in 2017.

The Essex County Fair’s offices were closed Monday. A phone request for comment was not returned.

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