Re "Tigers should be born free" (Letters, March 15): The island of Sumatra is very small and most of the habitat for wild animals is gone. The tigers that are left on the island are killed for their body parts that are ground up and sold for "medicinal" reasons, as well as being caught and sold to people in the U.S. to keep in cages on their property.
Without zoos working to preserve these animals, they will be gone in a very short period of time. Have you been to many zoos? A majority of large animals have very large enclosures to live and thrive in, not cages. Please consider education regarding "species survival" before judging.
-- Diane E. Larrey, Elk Grove
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