The Tiger Next Door
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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 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
Top Customer Reviews
While I honestly found this man likeable in a lot of ways. And at first, I was hoping he'd just gotten over his head with the number of tigers, and kinda wanted to see him get his permit, get his housing in order and keep a few of them. While I also think he truly does care (to a certain degree) about his tigers, it irks me to see the real picture when it boils down to him breeding over and over and selling to ANYONE who has the money. And when he lost a tiger to heartworm, one of the simplest things to prevent, and the tiger he unloaded on the sanctuary that had a mouth full of abscesses, it really drove home his lack of concern with the health of his tigers. I just hope that he's gotten things in better shape for the health and well-being of the tigers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting! Was shocked to learn of all the people that keep tigers and bears and such on there property.Published 3 months ago by Patricia
You can't help but like the guy. He has a way with the cats.Published 6 months ago by Mark Shindler
I could watch the DVD although it was supposed to be for all regionsPublished 16 months ago by Pical