Do Not Support Animal Abuse!
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Despite major casino/hotels like MGM Grand and Caesar's turning acts utilizing big cats away, Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino--in a display of incredibly poor taste--has decided to rent space to Dirk Arthur and his Wild Illusions show.
Dirk has a long history of animal welfare violations including failing to provide his animals with appropriate space, unlawful declawing (which involves partial toe amputation), and failure to provide proper barriers between that animals and the public.
We have also been informed by someone close to this act, that the animals--who would travel for many miles each day in the wild-- are confined within the illusions in extremely cramped conditions.
"Illusionist Dirk Arthur has made cars float and helicopters miraculously appear, but it’s his work with large cats that seems destined to be his legacy. During Wild Illusions, Arthur corrals white tigers, snow leopards, and panthers onto the stage through tricks of the eye, luring them out of cages, cauldrons, and safes that had only recently been empty or just occupied by the cats’ diaries."
Vegas is filled with all sort of wondrous spectacles, but animal abuse is not one of them. It's time Dirk got a new shtick, and retired his animal performers to a sanctuary where they can live out their lives in a more natural setting.
Let Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino know that they should not be renting their space to performers who make their living off the backs of others who have no choice but to perform!
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