Exclusive: ‘Tiger King’ inspired weed strain will NOT be helping tigers via a WWF partnership
(L) Tiger in captivity. Tambako The Jaguar / CC BY-ND 2.0 (C) Joe Exotic mug shot. Wikimedia (R) Cannabis. Jack H / Unsplash
Tiger King inspired weed strains to help tigers in captivity? It’s no wonder the story has gone viral. Problem is, it’s false.
True: Moxie, who touts “all-natural” cannabis products, released two strains last week inspired by Tiger King. Tiger’s Blood (a sativa cross between Goobers and Wildfire) and Cool Cats Cush (a hybrid cross between Wildfire and Wedding Cake Badder).
False: The cannabis company partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will give $1 for each unit sold to WWF’s “Tiger Protection Fund.”
The name Tiger Protection Fund is not listed on the WWF website
Evidence is seen in this screenshot:
Front Page Live discovered this after scouring the web for such a thing and reaching out to WWF directly.
Here’s what Elizabeth Davis, WWF media specialist said to Front Page Live:
WWF is not associated with Moxie and our teams were unaware of any of this. Moxie does not have any authorization to create a charitable promotion on our behalf.
After Davis explained she’d be reaching out to the writers of two of the outlets spreading this false allegation, only Benzinga has issued a correction. Front Page Live reached out to VegNews and Moxie for comment and has not yet heard back.
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Both VegNews and Benzinga claimed that Moxie was affiliated with WWF. Countless other outlets followed suit such as Green Entrepreneur, The Growthop, the list goes on. Anyone can google “tiger king weed world wildlife fund” and see the list of false reports.
What will not be found is any form of a press release or social media post from WWF on a supposed partnership with Moxie.
VegNews claims Moxie’s head of marketing Tessa Adams said directly to them: “ We felt compelled to pair with the World Wildlife Fund for this project because our mission is to give back in whatever meaningful ways we can.”
Feeling compelled to partner and actually partnering are two different things. So who’s to blame here … Moxie’s head of marketing or VegNews for misinterpreting a quote?
Benzinga has Adams quoted saying the mysterious “Tiger Protection Fund” and WWF are affiliated.
We are proud to be donating some of the proceeds to the Tiger Protection Fund under the World Wildlife Fund to make sure that the underlying cause is not forgotten.
Back to the link to Tiger King. VegNews quoted Adams on something that is actually true: “ The series shed light on the terrible living conditions and deplorable exploitation of tigers in captivity.”
Joe Exotic, the main character in Tiger King serves as an example of the atrocities that come with owning tigers. He, among others in the film, repetitively breeds tigers in Oklahoma for the sake of always having cute cubs. For they are the money makers who feed the vicious cycle of capitalized procreation.
If you haven’t seen the series, you’re surprisingly not the only one. A National Tracking Poll by the Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult reports that by April 4, 41% of Americans had already “seen, read, or heard ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ about the Netflix original, while more than a fifth (22%) said they’ve watched some or all of the series.”
For the other (shrinking) 59%, what’s important here is that Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin (another principal character) are now the mascots of the US tiger trade, yet, they are not alone. There are 5,000 captive wild tigers in the US. Only an estimated 6% of those are in accredited zoos and facilities, according to WWF. A shockingly low 3,900 tigers roam the wild.
Correction: An earlier version of this article had a subhead that led to some users assuming the it was the end of the article. The subhead “No such thing” has been changed for clarity to “The name Tiger Protection Fund isn’t listed on the WWF website.”
The cannabis industry launched two weed strains inspired by the Netflix original Tiger King. Moxie released the Tiger’s Blood and Cool Cats Cush strains.