Silver, I want to respond to your statement.
First off, the illusionists are not gay. They have had relationships with women before. They are single and are not married because of their animals. I am not married and single myself. So, does that make me gay. No, it doesn't. So, it doesn't make them gay either.
Second, Roy did nothing wrong. The tiger grabbed Roy by the arm and wouldn't let go. Roy responded correctly and he didn't beat the tiger on the nose with the microphone. He tapped the tiger on the nose twice. It is the same thing that a mother tiger would do to a cub in the wild.
Third the tiger was about to lunge at the audience after releasing Roy's arm. Roy put himself in between the audience and the tiger and that was when the tiger grabbed Roy by the neck. He risked his own life to save an audience member.
Fourth, their animals are treated far better than I have seen other magicians treat their animals. Siegfried and Roy's cats are allowed the run of both of their houses. At night the cats are not put into cages, but allowed to roam free within their houses, rooms, and yards. In fact, they even sleep with the illusionists, swim with them, and play with them. Roy has even been known to take a cat to a fast food drive-thru to get burgers.
The cats are well cared for and loved.
Many people don't know this, but it is known that if Siegfried and Roy were to die the animals will get all of their assets (money, properties, the works).
Fifth, Manticore (correct spelling of the name by the way) will not be destroyed and will continue to live. Roy was even commented on saying several times as he was being wheeled into the hospitalDon't kill the cat. He's a good cat."
Sixth, Siegfried and Roy use animals in their stage shows. This is true, but they use no stun guns, whips, chains, or tranquilizers on the animals. They treat the animals as if they were their own children. They love their animals and treat them with the respect that they deserve. They don't provoke them in anyway shape or form and if they caught a handler provoking any of their animals, that person would no longer have a job with them.
Seventh, least we forget that if it wasn't for these two men, there wouldn't be any white tigers or white lions left in the world. Their breeding programs throughout the world provides hope that these large cats will continue to live and thrive well into the future. All of this is due to a dream that Roy had a long time ago about a great white tiger. These men have brought a near extinct species back from the brink of extinction better than any zoo could dare to dream of. That is why the Johannsburg Zoological Society asked them to help with the White Lions of Timbaviti. There was only 5 white lions in the world and now, because of Siegfried and Roy there are 16 and their numbers are once again growing.
Eighth, around the Jungle Palace, it is made up like the snow covered mountains of the tigers natural habitat. If they only cared about money and were greedy, then would they have spent so much money to do this. No, they wouldn't have, but they did. They have spent millions of dollars of their own money to ensure that their animals are highly comfortable in their own surroundings. They make sure that the animals are even comfortable on stage as well.
So, bottom line, Siegfried and Roy are not barbaric monsters as some people claim them to be, but highly caring, nice, sweet, down to earth individuals who have sacrificed their time, millions of their dollars, and a chance at having a family and raising children all for their animals. They are in the truest sense of the word conservationists and philanthropists giving of themselves to everyone around the world.
This is just my own thoughts and I hope it straightens some people out about these two illusionists.
, they have it set up where you can send a personal message to Siegfried and Roy.
Also, Siegfried told a German newspaper that Roy gave a "V" sign for victory with his hand. So, he is improving everyday and doctors are calling it a miracle.