Now, everyone here wants to know if the animals are better off in their natural habitats instead of with the two illusionists. A million dollar question, right! Wrong!
The animals are better off with Siegfried and Roy. There are reasons for this and here are the reasons.
Mankind has been slowly destroying the animals natural habitats for centuries. We have clear cut the forests, strip mined the mountains, caused oil spills, cut down the rainforests, and set fires. We have fought wars with each other within jungles, deserts, and in fields. All in the name of the preservation of the human race. We have destroyed their habitats and breeding grounds and caused the animals to come into our backyards and within the cities. We have nearly caused the extinction of almost every single species of animal on this planet. We have upset the natural balance of nature and caused everything to go to hell.
If it wasn't for breeding programs, individuals like Siegfried and Roy, and the zoos, then the animals would be all gone. The animals would be just a distant memory, a picture in a book, or something to view in a museum.
These people have brought the large cats back from the brink of extinction and for that I am grateful.
Siegfried and Roy have once said that their dream is to release their animals back into the wilds, but sadly that dream may never come true.
Until every human on this planet learns to live in peace and learns that we are not only sharing this planet with ourselves, but with the animals as well. Then I say that the animals are better off with Siegfried and Roy.
I watched on tv a few year ago a National Geographic Special on large cats. They showed a white tiger cub crawling into a village barely alive. The reporter asked a villager about the tiger cub and if anyone was going to help it. One of the villagers told the reporter why should they because it would only grow up to be an adult and kill their livestock. These villagers were actually wanting the tiger cub to die. The reporter got the cub to a animal sanctuary a few miles away, but it was too late. The cub died of starvation. It turns out that the cub's mother was poisoned by the villagers and when she died the cub couldn't survive on it's own.
It broke my heart when I saw that special and I cried thinking about what if that cub had been born within a breeding program. Then that cub would be alive today.
Poachers have been killing off these majestic animals for their hides, organs, and body parts for remedies or to give us something to adorn our homes and bodies with. While farmers have slowly poisoned them, to keep their livestocks alive.
Because of this these animals don't live very long in the wild, but within breeding programs they live for thirty years or more.
Until we learn from our mistakes and to live in harmony with nature, the animals, and ourselves. I say let Siegfried and Roy keep their animals. I say let them continue their worldwide breeding programs. I say let them live in peace and to follow their example. "Look for the magic that is all around you. In your hearts and in nature." Words said by two great men in this world, Siegfried and Roy. We are better off having them share this planet with us and for knowing them.