ITV viewers demand changes during Ross Kemp’s ‘revealing’ wild animal documentary

Viewers of Ross Kemp’s British documentary Tiger Kings on ITV have called for a change in the law after the star proved how easy it is to acquire wild animals in the UK

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Ross Kemp on the trail of UK’s Tiger Kings keeping predators at home legally

Ross Kemp’s new documentary has been hailed as “revealing” by viewers – prompting them to call for change.

The EastEnders actor-turned-documentary maker currently leads Britain’s Tiger Kings on ITV, during which he travels the country to meet wildlife keepers.

Tonight’s episode saw him meet a man who keeps 40 snakes in his Derby home – including ones that can kill a man if he’s hungry – and takes his giant lizard for a walk on a leash.

Other scenes saw adult lions being kept in cages which the owner admitted were “too small”.

And to prove just how easy it is to acquire some, Ross scoured the web and quickly found a number of sites that were willing to – perfectly legally – provide him with a number of wild animals.







Ross met some of Britain’s wildlife keepers
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In another scene, the owners of a zoo admitted that they had no experience in the field but were able to acquire the animals anyway.

The documentary struck a chord with viewers, who called for tougher laws to prevent the creatures from being bought and sold with such ease.

“The exploitation of dangerous wild animals for profit should not be legal in Britain,” a disgruntled viewer tweeted.







Ross met people guarding everything from lions to crocodiles
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A man kept 40 snakes in his Derby home
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Another praised the program: ” #BritainsTigerKings shows how widespread animal abuse is. I would love to photograph these animals, but I would have to go to natural habitats to see them, not some guy’s garden in Devon.”

“Ross Kemp lifts the lid on the vast number of exotic and dangerous wild animals held on private properties across Britain #BritainsTigerKings“, wrote a third.

A fourth offered: ” #BritainsTigerKings is the perfect example of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”.







Tonight’s show saw Ross meet some amazing animals
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“These individuals should at least equal the level of enclosure, enrichment, care and knowledge of a recognized rescue center or professional wildlife sanctuary.”

A fifth pointed out: “Which I can’t understand. A pit bull is a dangerous animal and you have to jump through hoops to own 1, but you can buy a lion on the internet and stick it in your garden. without any control.”

Tonight marked Britain’s Tiger King’s final show, but you can catch up on ITVHub.

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