The news stories of a trainer killed by a 12,300lb whale at SeaWorld (Feb, 2010), a man killed by his “pet” tiger in Ontario, Canada (Jan, 2010), a woman killed by her “pet” bear in Pennsylvania (Oct 2009) or the story from last winter (Feb 2009) of the Connecticut woman who was brutally mauled by her neighbor’s 200 pound “pet” chimpanzee are only the latest in a long list of problematic stories of captive bred wild animals gone “bad.” Which raises the question– what do we want our relationship with wild animals to be in the 21st century, as the wild disappears?
The independently produced and directed documentary film The Tiger Next Door deals head on with the issue of captive-bred wild animals kept by private individuals. This feature length, character driven documentary film tells the startling story of one man has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard for over 15 years. His great dream is to breed a stripeless white tiger– but at what cost to the animals, and at what risk to the community?
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A documentary film about captive wild animals, people who keep tigers as pets, backyard tiger breeders, white tigers, the exotic pet trade, the black market for tiger bone, pelts and meat, tiger conservation, and tiger attacks. Also concerning, human-animal relationships, animal law, and animal hoarding in the United States — as in the case of Terry Thompson in Zanesville, Ohio. Filmed on location in Indiana, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, California, and Wisconsin. Director, Producer Camilla Calamandrei, Rolling River Films.