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Hamilton slammed by animal rights activists for tiger snap

SAY CHEESE: Lewis Hamilton in Mexico

FORMULA 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been slammed by animal rights organisation PETA after he posted a series of Snapchat videos of himself posing with an endangered white tiger.

Hamilton, 31 was visiting the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in Mexico at the beginning of the week when he shared the footage on his personal account.

In the clips, Hamilton strokes the head of one tiger and wraps his arms around another's neck as it licks his face.

At one stage, one of the tigers starts biting the peak of his cap, before the video cuts off.

ENDANGERED: The F1 star has been criticised for playing with big
cats at an animal park in Mexico

Elisa Allen, Director of PETA, released a statement on Tuesday (Aug 9) saying: "Seeing big cats used for photo ops promotes the idea that wild animals are here for human amusement and to do with as humans please, rather than to be left in peace in their own habitat.

"Accidents happen, as everyone in racing knows, and Lewis won't win the championship this year or any other if he loses the hands he needs to turn the wheel, the fingers he needs to shift gears, or a foot that he needs to work the pedals."

She continued: "Unless big cats are kept on tranquillisers, they're quite capable of becoming annoyed with him and taking a chunk out of more than his cap.

"Ask any victim of a tiger or lion mauling or the relatives of those who didn't survive one, they'll assure Lewis that cuddling exotic animals is a far more foolish move than tangling with Nico Rosberg."

The English racer is enjoying a break from the track until the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month after winning his last four races.

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