Christopher Columbus High School had a live tiger at their prom…
And folks are pissed!
The prom theme of the all-boys Roman Catholic, $10,700-a-year institution was “Welcome to the Jungle” and was held at the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center last week.
In addition to a tiger, the prom also featured a live lemur, a parrot and a fox.
Students were allowed to pose with the animals.
PETA told NBC 6 of the event, “Wild animals aren’t prom decorations. Displaying a tiger in a tiny cage and allowing students to handle lemurs is cruel to the animals and dangerous for the students, and it sends the harmful message that living beings are props to be used for human amusement.”
But PETA members weren’t the only people to be upset about the use of live animals as entertainment.
Mari-Cris Castellanos, whose brother attends the school, took to Facebook to share her disgust. She wrote, “This poor tiger was used as an EXOTIC amusement for the mindless teenagers who were present. It is not the student [sic] fault to be so naive BUT it’s the CCHS STAFF who arranged this event, there for they are responsible for this tigers misery.”
Principal David Pugh responded to the criticism by saying, “We recognize this decision has offended some and for that we apologize. Although it was in a controlled environment and handled by professionals approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, we understand how some individuals may be concerned.”
What’s your take?
Should live animals be on display at events like prom?