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Animal Lovers Who Nurture the Big Cats

October 13, 2003

"The Tragedy of Wild Animals in Captivity" (letter, Oct. 8) insinuated that Siegfried & Roy's use of big cats in their show "for profit" justified the injury Roy Horn sustained during their performance. Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, primarily Roy, have single-handedly revived the royal white tiger and white lion. They have spent years working with zoos and organizations worldwide to conserve the species. To classify them in the same category as circus-like acts is doing them a terrible injustice.

Although the profit they receive from their show affords them a lavish lifestyle, it also goes to pay for food, shelter, medical expenses and employees to continue to support the breeding of these cats.

These animals are treated with love and respect by Roy, and this unfortunate accident should not diminish all the good that they have done in over 40 years together, both as entertainers and animal lovers.

Shannon Carranza

North Hollywood

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