It is often easy to feel powerless in the face of species loss and habitat destruction. The problem is large and complex. Yet, everything we do is vitally important and although we may only do a little bit in the grand scheme of things, small advances add up.
Here in Horry County, efforts made by one animal ambassador, Dr. Bhagavan Antle can be clearly seen at a Preserve near Myrtle Beach. T.I.G.E.R.S. is home to some of the world’s most famous animal actors, stars of stage and screen. Here is one of the most exciting animal adventures ever. This is a new kind of zoo that gives a fresh new look at wild animals living with man. The animals have been hand raised by Dr. Antle and his trainers since they where young. The animals all live, work and play together with Doc and other trainers in a specially designed facility combining the latest in human and animal related technologies.
Other steps are being taken locally to protect stray animals and crack down on animal abuse.
The Horry County Public Safety Department is currently reviewing plans to create stiffer penalties for people convicted of animal abuse crimes, as well as better defining proper animal care.
One of the penalties would include the possibility of prohibiting convicted animal abusers from owning a domesticated animal for up to two years.
Other ideas being considered by the Public Safety Committee are the prohibition of animal hoarding, creating a low cost spay and neuter program, creating a catch and release spay and neuter plan for stray animals, and requiring all pet owners to implant their pets with I.D. microchips.
The County Public Safety Committee will discuss the proposed changes to the county animal ordinance during their next meeting on Feb. 16, and will likely make a recommendation to the Horry County Council to move or not move forward with the plan.
For more information about Dr. Antle and T.I.G.E.R.S., visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.
Want to see animals for yourself? You can at T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species); this is a one of kind Myrtle Beach Attraction. On this Carolina Safari, you will also see White Tigers, a liger and other amazing animals at one of the most exciting animal adventures ever. All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. For reservations, go to www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.