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Hollywood Animal Trainer Recorded Brutally Whipping Tiger

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…

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  • Lo Mo

    Anyone stupid enough to find joy, amusement and entertainment in animals doing “tricks” and to believe the animals enjoy it – you encourage the trainers who have been doing this for hundreds of years. You are not much better than this trainer.

  • Do Tell

    Disgusting! The trainer could be a sadist. They derive pleasure in causing pain. They’re in society, hiding and slyly maneuvering into positions where they can victimize.

  • Do Tell

    I looked up other images of this trainer. In my opinion, he has an evil look about him.

  • Ailish O Reilly

    No excuse for his vile sadistic way of training animals. He is scum to treat the tiger that way. Put him in jail and ban him from having animals…

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  • MollyBD

    He should be jailed, and never allowed to be around animals again.

  • Lisy Meyers

    Stop Hackenberger. Abuse cannot be tolerated. Take away his exotic cats. Put him in jail. Use a whip.

  • la petite bonnieux

    Rot in hell. Asholle

  • irena.bursova

    This is beyond horrible. I’m feeling really sick. How can this be..

  • Sabrina

    It should be illegal to use wild animals anyway! What a fucker!

  • Cackalaquiano

    Disgusting. Why?

  • andrew

    He’s called on PETA to release the entire video, not just the edited clips they’ve release so far and PETA has refused to do so. He’s absolutely right when he says that if you saw only certain clips and not the entire video, people would be mad.

  • Peter

    I hope the tiger mauls him . This stupid, obviously mentally decrepit animal trainer, should not be a part of civilized society.

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  • Sprite

    Areas of conservation for threatened species like tigers and pandas sometimes needs to be kept behind bars as long as the animal feels safe, and once the numbers have built up they can go back into the wild.

    From Tech references, “The Culture”
    Start with a cage containing five apes. Hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it.
    Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb toward the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water.
    This continues through several more attempts. Pretty soon, when another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes all try to prevent it.
    Now, turn off the cold water. Remove one ape from the cage and replace the ape with a new one. The new apes sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
    Next remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.
    Again, replace a third original ape with a third one. The newcomer makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape. After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes originally sprayed with cold water have been replaced.
    Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs.
    Why not?
    Because that’s the way they’ve always done it, and that’s the way it’s always been around here. And that’s how company policy begins…

    “Time Management and Quality Control” is to manage your own workspace & duty of care is to provide a safe work environment.
    Michael is trying to lion tame when he should be making them a little placid, and the love for a pet translates across all barriers and languages. Domesticated animals released Into the wild will form a pack, as to going back to feral cats/dogs.

    Spare the rod spoil the child, cruel to be kind. I hear it is alright to give misbehaving children a small pat on the backside before they turn five, any older and it’s a waste of time. The cane isn’t that bad, my apprentice master would get the cane for filing metal the wrong way and people would get the cane for playing the piano incorrectly, it’s not that bad discipline.
    pack mentality

    working together for healthy rivers etc…

  • Sprite

    and yes, the State of the Union, could be more of a natural occurrence. use nuttelex as a reference (write here soon)

  • Robert Muniz

    I don’t like PETA one bit but this is terrible. You can never get an animal to perform trained behavior by beating them. They will work for love and praise, not the other way around…

  • Alisa Mullins

    PETA has sent the entire video to the authorities.

  • Nanette Valencia

    So what is being done about this cruel, violent bastard???