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Jacksonville Jaguars fined $75,000 over “live jaguar demonstration”

Live jaguars used for the Jaguar Football Team opening ceremony escaped during a demonstration,  prompting the Jacksonville Animal Control to use a tranquilizer on two of the jaguars
Live jaguars used for the Jaguar Football Team opening ceremony escaped during a fan and sponsor demonstration

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Jacksonville Jaguars football team landed themselves in hot water today over a “live jaguar demonstration” hosted by the Jaguar Football team and staff. The demonstration consisted of bringing in five adult jaguars from the Jacksonville Zoo to walk around the stadium to greet fans and sponsors. The demonstration with the jaguars, intended to take place on the Jaguar’s very own Lincoln Financial Field, ended up spanning across the city as two of the Jaguars escaped from the field, which NFL officials say was “not properly contained”. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that “the demonstration was never cleared with the NFL” and that the jaguars “are now safely returned to where they belong, off the football field”. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been fined $75,000 over the incident but no charges have been filed against any of the players or staff that was on the field during the demonstration. In addition, the Jaguars have been barred from using live animals in any future event, on and off the field. City of Jacksonville Animal Control was able to tranquilize both of the jaguars that had escaped and returned them to the Jacksonville City Zoo.

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  • el javii

    I don’t even have words to express how ridiculous this is…

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