FILE – In this May 7, 2009, file photo, a Siberian tiger crouches on top of a tourist bus at a branch of Harbin Siberian Tigers Breeding Center in Shenyang in northeast China’s Liaoning province. China says it will allow trading in products made from endangered tigers and rhinos under “special circumstances,” reversing a previous ban and bringing condemnation from conservation groups. A notice from the Cabinet issued Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, avoided mentioning any change in the law, saying instead that it would “control” the trade and that rhino horns and tiger bones could only be obtained from farmed animals for use in “medical research or in healing.” (Chinatopix Via AP, File)
I’m just going to write this article under the assumption that you’ve seen the Netflix special that became about as viral as the Wuhan coronavirus. So, if you haven’t seen it yet and you continue reading, then be warned, there will be spoilers.
Like you, I’m completely blown away by this entire display of a subculture in America that I didn’t know existed. Tiger King is what it would look like if you fell down America’s rabbit hole, and instead of seeing mad hatters and hares that are late for something, you saw what amounts to harem cults, husband murdering environmentalists, and Milli Vanilli acts by a man who wooed two straight guys into being gay with meth. Oh, and then he ran for president of the free world.