Ben Chilwell slammed by RSPCA over leaked footage

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell has been criticized by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) after footage of him playing tug of war with a tiger in a zoo emerged. The defender has been sidelined with a knee injury since November and is unlikely to play again this season.

The Sun released a video showing Chilwell and three friends taking part in an attraction called the “”Tiger Tug”” during vacation at Florida. The England International is seen smiling as he tries to outmuscle a caged tiger. Animal protection society RSPCA has criticized Chilwell and his friends pulling on a rope that was in the mouth of the tiger.

They said: “We don’t feel this activity promotes respect for these wild animals and should not be marketed for public entertainment.

“Zoos often state that their aim is to educate the public and have a positive influence on visitor behaviour in ways that will directly benefit conservation. Whilst we understand zoos which do this may feel that a ‘tug-of-war’ provides physical enrichment for big cats, there are many alternative ways of doing this.”

The Blues have not commented on the video yet, neither have the player’s representatives.

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