"No tigers in Malibu" protest planned

Siberian white tiger

Malibu residents up in arms over a proposed tiger sanctuary are planning to protest the plans on Tuesday in front of Ventura Planning Division offices, according to an event posting on Facebook.

The event is hosted by the Facebook group “No Tigers in Malibu” and is the latest in a string of efforts to revoke plans to house up to five tigers in a residential area of west Malibu. Last week, a group of neighbors created an online petition against the plans as well. As of Monday at 12:30 p.m., the anti-tiger petition had garnered 271 of its 500-signature goal.

Tuesday’s protest is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. and asks attendees to stop by on their lunch breaks. For more details on the event, visit here.

Residents in the Deer Creek Road area off Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County are furious about an application by Wild Ones, LLC to house between two and five rare white Bengal tigers on 19 acres at 1107 Pacific View Road. The tigers would be used for filming purposes in the entertainment industry. 

Property owners Irena Hauser and Sophia Kryszek seek a conditional use permit to build three animal enclosures and an arena, enclosed by an eight-foot-high, 2,338-foot perimeter fence that would encompass 7.16 acres on the property. The project description says the enclosures will be an eight-foot high chain-link fence with chain-link roofs. The arena chain-link will be 16-feet high and will be 556-feet long, containing 0.31 acres.

“We are professional trainers with over 15 years of experience and we have never, nor would we ever, put anyone in a position we did not know was safe and secure,” Hauser and Kryszek wrote in an email to The Malibu Times last week.