Animal rights activists are in an uproar over a Florida high school's decision to bring a caged tiger to its jungle-themed prom on Friday night.
Christopher Columbus High School in Miami held its "Welcome to the Jungle" dance in a hotel ballroom and featured things like fire dancers and animals, including a caged tiger. Photos and videos taken at the dance were posted to social media and immediately criticized. One woman, whose brother attended the prom, called it "shameful" and said, "Tigers are wild animals. They don’t need to be displayed as objects for our amusement. They don’t like the fire, the cages, the music the teenagers with the cameras."
The high school says the animals were provided by a facility that is licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. An official with a zoo in Miami says the tiger was "obviously distressed" and looking for a way out of the cage.