I've been studying cats and their relationships with humans from every culture throughout the world. I am close to writing two chapters for a book proposal (which includes two chapters--one on modern times and the other on Asian culture) on cats in healing, harming, the supernatural, witchcraft. I also am a contributor to NEW YORK TAILS and CATFANCY magazine, and know lots of folks in the animal kingdom.
Part of these studies include animals in performance. I'm certainly in favor of animals in movies if they're humanely treated. There are a few problems with S&R and their pets. Part of the problems include the amount of roaming room their cats have and the more significant is the breeding. Their cats are being in-bred to get the WHITE tiger look which is amazing on stage, but it is unhealthy treatment. Their animals have a lot of health problems. I think Montecore may also be half deaf because he is a white cat with a blue eye. Because he now doesn't have enough roaming room he is also a little bit overweight. I did not see any cats roaming on the TV show at their conservatory.
They can publicize these illusionists to everyone about them being conservationists, but it's very interesting that the animal media has not fallen prey to these campaigns. The reason the media is doing so much work on s&R is because it's been one year since Roy was injured and that there is a new TV show FATHER OF THE PRIDE.
I am glad that Roy is recovering, and Siegfried is being a great friend, but understand the negatives of what they've done to these animals.