Broken cats

Britta Jaschinski's Image

Locked into obedience by their trainer’s gaze, big cats perform at the Seven Star Park in Guilin in 2012.

The cats have been drugged, their teeth and claws pulled out, and they are controlled during the show by poles with metal spikes at the end. Audiences are often unaware of the level of cruelty involved. ‘This was truly an arena of broken animals’, Britta remarks. These cats are probably all hybrids of captive-bred animals. The one in the centre is most likely a liger – a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers are thought to be the largest living felines, tending to exceed the size of both their parent species.

Behind the lens

Britta Jaschinski

Britta Jaschinski


Britta is based in London but her passion to protect animals takes her across the globe. She is the co-founder of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, an international group of award-winning photographers who joined forces to use their images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade. Britta's work has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in more than 25 solo shows.

Image details

  • Nikon F4
  • 24 mm lens
  • 1/125 sec at f5.6
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