On 11 February 2014, United States software corporation Paymentwall were celebrating the start of their local branch.
The baby tigers went from hand to hand among the alcohol-sipping revelers.
One person present was wondering whether this was legal, and called the Dutch Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They called police, who then went to the party.
The Dutch Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported (translated):
The tiger cubs have been seized during the party, the corporation was fined and the animals were placed in custody elsewhere. The tigers have been seized because the supervisor had no CITES documents for the animals. This means that the animals were in the Netherlands illegally. Unfortunately, with the necessary documents, it is legal to rent exotic animals like tigers commercially.
For the last several weeks, the mini-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has been one of the most-watched programs on Netflix. Billed as a “true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding,” the documentary series follows several individuals who own and breed lions, tigers and other exotic cats and operate “cub petting” zoos across the US. The series, however, suffers from a fundamental identity crisis. At times Tiger King rightly aspires to expose a nasty, semi-criminal racket, and the social backwardness surrounding it. More often, however, the show indulges in an unserious “human interest”-reality television approach, which half-wallows in or half-celebrates its subject matter: here.