What is the truth about petting cubs at fairs, malls, and sometimes even parking lots? The truth is these petting sessions are abusive. Many of these sessions you must pay 5$ to pet cubs like tigers, bears, and cheetahs. Most of these cubs are from road-side zoos that don't have proper food or shelter. The exhibitor often claims that these cubs are at a legal age where the public can pet them but they usually are not, most are too young or too old.
These exhibitors seem to have thousands of cubs, the reason for this is they continually buy and breed cats. Which means the mother and cub are often stressed because for the cubs to be exhibited they must be separated from their mother usually a few days after birth. The mother still has these instincts to care and nurture her cubs, but because the need for more and more cubs she must continue having cubs and then they must be taken away. And with so many cameras and flashes in their face they can't sleep, cubs need to sleep most of the day and they cannot because the exhibitor needs them awake for photos and "play time". It also makes their eye sight bad when they grow up. Almost all of the cubs have health problems because of inbreeding and diseases they were prone to because of the lack of healthy food and shelter. Breeders often say they breed them for the conservation of their species in the wild but how are they helping the species if the cubs are never going to end up in the wild and instead they are going to spend their life in a cage. They also say they breed them for education purposes but what are you teaching people that these cubs are being dominated by people or how they aren't showing natural behaviors because we as people have interfered?
Where do they go when their older?
Most of the cubs are sold as pets, canned hunts, or are used in the illegal animal parts trade. Almost none of them go back to the place they were raised at because of constant lack of money, good food, shelter, and space for the animals.