Hollywood Animal Trainer Recorded Brutally Whipping Tiger
Hollywood animal trainer Michael Hackenberger, who worked on Life Of Pi among other movies, has been caught on camera allegedly brutally whipping a tiger.
PETA obtained the video and posted it to their YouTube, along with the statement, “Michael Hackenberger was caught on camera repeatedly and viciously striking a young tiger who lay cowering on his back out of fear and discussing the most effective ways to hit animals, stating quite plainly, ‘I like hitting him in the face’ – yet Hackenberger lies even about having said this. Wild animals like Uno perform stressful and confusing tricks because they’re terrified that they’ll be beaten if they don’t. There is no excuse for beating an animal, any more than there is for hitting a child.”
Indeed, in the video, Michael can be heard saying, “I like hitting him in the face. And the paws – which get the paws off. And…the beauty of the paws being on the rock, when you hit him, it’s like a vice. It stings more,” Michael said later in the video. “But, here’s the problem at the end of the day. If … we’d been running a videotape the whole time you were here, and you did a 45-second … montage of the times I struck this animal, PETA would burn this place to the ground.”
The video is very disturbing, so we have placed it inside the cut. Click inside to watch…