Dakota County Fair scraps controversial white tiger exhibit

The potential exhibit was met with pushback by animal rights advocates.
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The Dakota County Fair has scrapped a white tiger exhibit following backlash by animal rights advocates.

The exhibit, put on by Illinois-based All Things Wild, was scheduled to run from Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 at the fair in Farmington. Event organizers voted unanimously Monday to end the contract with All Things Wild, the Dakota County Fair confirmed to BMTN.

Animal rights group Animal Defenders International applauded the decision on Facebook.

“Our thanks to the board of the fair for doing the right thing and, importantly, everyone who, with ADI, urged them to cancel the big cat act. They listened and Chicago-based All Things Wild will NOT be coming to the fair next month,” the post read.

The Humane Society of Minnesota was also among the groups criticizing the planned display.

"All Things Wild subjects tigers to prolonged confinement in trucks and trailers while hauling them from venue to venue to be displayed in small cages," it said in a statement.

"It is a miserable practice that is stressful and inappropriate for the animals who are made to participate in something that is entirely against their nature."

According to All Things Wild’s website, the company’s Royal White Tiger Discovery is a popular attraction at state and county fairs. The company also offers pony and camel rides as well as petting zoos. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to All Things Wild for comment.

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