Letters to the editor

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Here are more details
on Tiger World plans
As the president and founder of Tiger World, I would like to clarify a few misconceptions:
1. All the animals that will reside at Tiger World have lived at what used to be Metrolina Wildlife Park for 11 years. I am not bringing these animals to Rowan County; they have already been here.
2. Tiger World is buying the old Metrolina Wildlife Park and turning it into an educational center for endangered animals. Tiger World will only feature guided tours.
3. Tiger World is modifying each and every exhibit for safety, including building lockdown shelters, angled fencing, double-entry doors and 24-hour surveillance.
4. Tiger World is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture for exhibition of exotic animals, like all zoos. Tiger World will be inspected multiple times annually by the USDA to ensure the health and safety of the animals and the public.
5. Tiger World has an educated staff that is trained and experienced in working with exotic animals. Some employees have been selected from out of state due to their expertise with big cats. Many are certified in chemical immobilization, exotic animal husbandry, feline husbandry and have obtained four-year science degrees.
Tiger World will be integrating advanced security features to ensure the safety of the public and the animals. After the unfortunate event at the San Francisco Zoo, we are all concerned about safety. With all the safety precautions and advanced training of the staff, Tiger World will be a safe haven for the animals and the community.
ó Lea Jaunakais
From big cats to kitties
The solution to housing large cats would be downsizing. Lea Jaunakais could donate the land to Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, which would help many more animals and not be a threat to the neighborhood. All in favor, say “Aye!”
ó Carol Landesman
Recycle dumping site
The answer to the problem of trash being dumped on Wildwood Road is to make a legal recycling site out of the problem spot. There is no reason this can’t be done. Then the illegal dumpers would have to find another place to dump, and we could solve our problem. It is a shame these people are too cheap to dispose of their garbage the legal way.
ó Peggy Shuping