The world-renowned animal trainer who was caught on camera savagely beating a tiger last month is now detailing his violent discipline methods in a new video.
Michael Hackenberger, the owner of Bowmanville Zoological Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, brandishes a whip and a stick while explaining how he exerts control over his animals, bragging at one point; ‘I can throw out a lash whip and I can have it caress the animal … Or I can carve my initials in their side.’
He goes on to say that he is so good with a whip that he can hit the exact tiger he wants to attack even if they are standing in a group.
Most people he says would hit multiple tigers, which Hackenberger claims diminishes the value of the punishment.
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Not good: Michael Hackenberger was caught on undercover video by PETA detailing the violent methods he uses to discipline his animals
Awful: Hackenberger describes how he uses his whip on tigers and how he uses a stick on wolves (above)
Deja vu: This is the second time PETA has released a video of Hackenberger, who was seen beating a baby tiger last month in undercover footage (above)
Hackenberger next speaks about how he disciplines wolves – using a stick.
‘You smack ’em and they generally fold like a house of cards … And that’s the beauty of these things,’ he says of the weapon.
He later notes that one if the wolves is ‘very afraid’ of the stick.
PETA was also able to film a phone conversation involving someone who is reportedly an administrator at the zoo, who says of Hackenberger’s methods; ‘You throw them down on the ground so they know who’s boss. That’s basically Michael’s way of working all animals.’
Most shocking however could be when he describes how he will not work with ‘soft animals.’
Hackenbeger than explains that soft animals would look at him and think; ‘When’s this f***er gonna kill me?’
Horrible: An administrator at the Bowmanville Zoological Park in Ontario, which Hackenberger owns, also says he likes throwing animals to the ground
Better days: Hackenberger (above in 2001) trained the tiger used in the film Life of Pi
In the previous video, Hackenberger could be seen hitting a tiger in the face repeatedly during a training session.
He later told the person recording him: ‘If … we’d been running a videotape … of the times I struck this animal … PETA would burn this place to the ground.’
As it turned out, the individual Hackenberger was speaking to did give the tape to PETA.
PETA said at the time that the video showed Hackenberger ‘savagely beating a young Siberian tiger up to 20 times on the face and body with a whip.’
The Siberian tiger seen in the video was named Uno.
Uno was so traumatized as a result of the whippings that he emptied his anal sacs, which is a fear response in the animals.
Hackenberger was later interviewed – though it was not clear if he knew he was being filmed – and said: ‘I like hitting [the tiger] in the face. And the paws … being on the rock, when you hit him, it’s like a vice.’
He then added: ‘It stings more.’
PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet said in a statement: ‘PETA’s eyewitness footage confirms that Michael Hackenberger uses violence and physical domination, and he needs to be stopped.
‘You should no more whip a young tiger than a young child—it’s out of line and, we believe, outside the law.’