Yay! Someone called me a name! It's working...
Jim did sed:
> So, you are all for eating farm raised tigers, eh?
If someone was prepared to go through the arseache of breeding tigers for human consumption, they'd, frankly, deserve every penny of the $200 per kilo wholesale price they'd be able to charge for tiger steak... then they'd just have to find the other $200 they'd need to break even.
Once more, for the cheap seats... the objections to whaling as opposed to farming animals like cattle and poultry for food are:
1. Whales are wild creatures; cattle and poultry are bred in captivity.
2. Whales are scarce and under population pressure; cattle and poultry are abundant and thriving.
3. Whales are finicky breeders (goes with being top of the food chain); cattle and poultry reproduce at a high rate (a consequence of being chomped by predators all the time).
4. Whales take many years to mature; cattle and poultry mature in a matter of weeks or months.
5. Whales are killed by cruel, slow methods; cattle and poultry are kiled quickly.
Your farming-tigers example would eliminate objections 1 and 5; if humans raise an animal in captivity, feed it and keep it healthy, it can plausibly be argued that it's within humans' right to do with the animal as they please, including eating it, and if an animal is to be eaten, it would follow from it being captive that it can be killed with minimal distress.
Now you just have to figure out what to do about tigers' finicky reproductive habits and the sweet time they take growing to a size where they can make any kind of decent eating, or breed, so they can make more steak-tigers.
Keeping the pirate theme going...