Katharine Sucher

Katharine is a senior at the College of William and Mary majoring in English with a minor in marketing. She is a former Smithsonian’s National Zoo intern and Katharine Suchercurrently works as a student correspondent with Virginia Sea Grant. On campus, Katharine works as a consultant at the Writing Resources Center and serves in the mental health branch of Health Outreach Peer Educators. She is also a trained SafeZone ally and recently started volunteering at The Haven, a safe space for sexual assault survivors on campus. After graduation, Katharine looks forward to combining her passions for writing and wildlife advocacy into a career, as well as adopting her first dog.

Private Tiger Ownership in U.S.

On an early Tuesday morning in May 2014, a small army of law enforcement officers, government representatives, and animal welfare experts assembled at JNK’s Call of the Wild Sanctuary in rural Sinclairville, New York. After months of careful planning and logistic maneuvering, they had one goal in mind: get the animals out.

As rescuers marched in, three tigers named Zeus, Kimba, and Keisha lay listless in cages held together by rotting screws and crumbling pieces of plywood. Zeus was ragged, his coat hanging loosely over a skeletal body. Kimba’s claws grew out from her paws in every direction—the result of a botched declawing. A deceased domestic cat, thrown to the tigers for food but left untouched, festered in a haze of flies. Surrounded by piles of weeks-old excrement, another tiger was already dead.

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