Originally aired by Animal Planet, this DVD version contains over 40 more minutes and enlightening bonus features.
Experts estimate there are more tigers living in captivity in the United States than are roaming wild in the world.
Dennis Hill has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard in Flat Rock, Indiana for over fifteen years. When the documentary begins, Hill has 24 tigers, 3 bears, 6 leopards and one cougar. He claims to know exactly what his animals are thinking by the look in their eyes. But now, after a surprise government inspection, he's lost the license that allowed him to keep exotic animals, and the state of Indiana is threatening to shut him down. He has just five days to find alternate homes for all but three of his brood and to bring his facilities up to code -- or else lose what he considers to be his life's work. As Hill fights to hold on to his tigers over the days and months that follow, The Tiger Next Door follows him exploring his motives, his past, and the curious, ethically-murky world he's created in his backyard. At the same time, the documentary ranges far beyond Dennis' animal compound, illuminating the intricate web of commerce laxity that keeps breeders in business. What finally becomes exposed is the widespread attitude that humans are indeed lords of the animal kingdom.
A gripping moral tale that deserves the largest possible viewer-ship, because of what it teaches us about being a tiger, and what it teaches us about being a human being. --Tom Regan, Author of the Case for Animal Rights
A must-see for animal rights' activists and anyone else interested in the conservation of our planet and its inhabitants. --Flare Magazin
An affectionate profile, a damning exposé, and an urgent missive about the dire status of these magnificent animals. --Eye Weekly