"Back in my day, we used to walk 5 miles to school in sub-zero temperatures without batting an eyelid. Not like you spoiled little brats these days!" We all have an older relative who says things like this about raising kids. They are despairing the coddled youth with their smartphones, crappy music, and parents that seemingly can't say no to their every demand.

And you know what? They might actually have a point on the parenting styles of today. Although the world might seem like a more dangerous place now with higher safety standards required, kids of previous generations had to make their own entertainment. They had to learn to look after themselves from a younger age and take far more risks while doing so. Parents didn't have things like Mumsnet to help them with parenting tips, alternatively, guilt and stress them out for letting kids go out of the safe environments and learn from their own mistakes.

To celebrate the eccentric approaches of old-school parenting and child safety, we here at Bored Panda have put together a list of parents and their kids doing things that would horrify the mommy and daddy bloggers and Instagrammers of today. What's your opinion on the evolution of parenting over the years? Scroll down below to check out the vintage photos for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

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Raven Collins
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1 year ago

Australian levels check out ✔💯

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#2

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

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Biljana Malesevic
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1 year ago

This makes me uncomfortable.

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#3

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

That's one strong mom

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#4

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Groovy baby!

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#5

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

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Aramis
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1 year ago

your mum is cooler then i will ever be also cute lion

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#6

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

If I was in Germany in 1955 I'd need a drink and a cigarette too.

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#7

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

So many possibilities how this can go horrificly wrong..

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#8

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

I hung in bars too when I was little. Then they wouldn't let me back in until I was 20 - I must have been a rough toddler.

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#9

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

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Bobby's Girl
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1 year ago

My father threw me into Tampa Bay. I was about 3 years old. I learned to swim in a hurry, because there were scary things swimming around in that water! Google "Horseshoe Crab" and you'll understand.

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#10

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

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Aaron W
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1 year ago

Before physics was invented.

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#11

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

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Hans
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1 year ago

Grandpa is not impressed, he has seen it all.

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#12

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

*internal screaming*

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#13

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Safety first! Remember to properly attach the baby seat with the convenient succion cups to the gas tank before putting your baby in it.

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#14

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

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Hans
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1 year ago

Bubblegum cigarettes still were a thing in the 80s. :)

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#15

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

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karen snyder
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1 year ago

And his Awesome fashion choices. Cut off tummy top, micro running shorts and Sears Roebuck velcro kicks was my go to in '85 too! but he tops it off with that cherry Tom Selleck stash. Your dad is a legend.

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#16

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

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Shelp
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1 year ago

Excuse my ignorance, but ... What is wrong with chicken?

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#17

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

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Adele Maestranzi
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1 year ago

We had one when we were kids. There was the button in the middle for the horn.

Sue Sanders
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1 year ago

I typically rode in the rear window shelf. Perfectly safe; if I rolled off it'd only be onto the back seat. No problems.

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THEPS
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1 year ago

Its better than the one they showed earlier ! At least its attached to the seat.

Renee Verone
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1 year ago

I used the plastic ones that were shown earlier for both my oldest son and 5 years later in 1979 We even dug out seatbelts to put around them but they grew out of them at about 6 months I had the one shown also for all three

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Kim Little
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1 year ago

And the little jingle bells, tied into his shoe laces!! I did that with my kiddos in the late 70s-early 80s.

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

omg! we had those bells, too!

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nazan fidan
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1 year ago

aaawww it is great to see 1950's babies. Look at that outfit:)

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

It’s in color, so I’m thinking it’s more likely the early 1960s. My first brother and my sister and I were born in the ‘50s and all of our baby pictures are in B&W, whereas my two younger brothers who were born in ‘63 and ‘65 had color baby pics.

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Lisa Hilyer
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1 year ago

Yes, and they were made of tons of steel!

Kim Mahood
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1 year ago

Oof that looks horrible... I can see a horror film death coming up...

Gregg V
Community Member
1 year ago

The 40s created the A-Bomb, the 50s the safety seat (not so much.)!

Jenifer Shields
Community Member
1 year ago

great, so he can ribcage it right on that bar in a front collision, and who are we kidding, you would be lucky to make it through in an accident like a rollover. There was almost zero structural steel above the doors in those days. No seatbelts.

Nami Tantrum
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1 year ago

Maggie Simpson approves

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

Not even a belt across the waist...when he's 7, maybe they'll let him ride on the running board or the hood.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

A car seat with its own steering wheel!

Lin Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

That was the very same car seat my brother had too and it was in the front seat of the car!

Ana Cuervo
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1 year ago (edited)

My sister was a baby in late 70s, she had the same baby car seat

Leo Kalme
Community Member
1 year ago

Because in case of an accident, slicing baby into two smaller pieces creates less damage to car interior.

Leo Kalme
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1 year ago

Because in case of an accident, chopping baby into two smaller pieces creates less damage to car windshield.

Barry Johnson
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1 year ago

My parents used to have one just like for me in 1954

Sasha Taylor
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1 year ago

My mum used to just hold her baby sister in the backseat. She was about 8.

Esther Evans
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1 year ago

Not a safety seat...just a booster seat, so the kid could see....

Eleanor Orser
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1 year ago

Never had one but I used to see them

Joelyn Kitzmiller
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1 year ago

In a convertible too

Tracy
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1 year ago

I really don't know how I survived to be 60!!

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

A beautiful baby !!!

Jace
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1 year ago

Better than the other one shown in this list.

Sandy J Renfroe
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1 year ago

Safety bar for the ultimate in protection

Greg Mott
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1 year ago

What? The Lad has his own steering wheel; you know, in case he needs to swerve to avoid danger.

Carol Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

growing up in Australia our dad drove an EH station wagon..before seat-belts..we used to argue over who got to sit on the wheel hubs in the back section of the station wagon..chuckles..we were a family of 9

Susan Riley
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1 year ago

This is EXACTLY my kid's car seat in 1972.

Ashley Wright
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1 year ago

Archaic car seat, to be sure.

jleitner
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1 year ago

I remember mine - loved helping my parents drive (late 1950's)! My parents were safety minded, though - they put it in the back seat... :-P

Margaret Mueller
Community Member
1 year ago

We drive from Trenton NJ to Great Falls MT to Savannah GA with my youngest brother in one of those. California to Montana and Charleston SC six years earlier we were all floating free.

Christina Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

That's actually pretty cool! Especially since most of us kids off the 60s and 70s had never seen or heard of a car seat!

Louise Brigance
Community Member
1 year ago

The little guy gets to see where he's going to fly to when the car stops abruptly or Dad gets rear ended.

Viki Banaszak
Community Member
1 year ago

Now that is classy!

Valerie Wagner
Community Member
1 year ago

In the front seat with a cheap collapsible child seat. Surviving childhood was a real thrill!:)

Valereee
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow...now that's safe ! We sure were ignorant back then !

Jonny Chevalier
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1 year ago

steering wheel is too high. lol

Naomi Van Marle
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome!

Mairlady
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1 year ago

my daughter had one!

bobbifein55
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1 year ago

I can remember those!

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
1 year ago

Better than what I had.

JustRoz
Community Member
1 year ago

And had one for my kids in the 70’s.. way to go!!!

Michelle Viala
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1 year ago

😄

Pim Grogan
Community Member
1 year ago

We had that one in pour family

Diana Hockley
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1 year ago

That's the one we had for our first son in 1966.

Steve Cruz
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1 year ago

The hooks are pretty clever, since there were no seatbelts.

Nicklas Linder
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1 year ago

Where is the airbag installed in that little thing?!?

Jon Wong
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1 year ago

you are mighty adorable!

Harleen
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1 year ago

Mind you, cars couldn't go as fast, speed limits were lower and people overall drove more sensibly.

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

But mostly, there were a lot fewer cars...

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Michelle
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1 year ago

My question is, how MANY babies & kids were killed? Now mind you people didn't drive as fast back then (I don't think.)

Amanda Solheim
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1 year ago

At least the baby is learning how to grip! ;) 🤣

Tim McElheney
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1 year ago

I remember riding in such a seat.

Deanna Henderson
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember this,my mom had my brother in one,boy how far we have come

Esther Evans
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1 year ago

That was a booster seat, not a safety seat...LOL...

Alex K
Community Member
1 year ago

you re still alive arent ya?

We Were On A Break!
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1 year ago

Safety first

B
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1 year ago

Not sure what's worse, the seat or the hat...

DforDorothy
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1 year ago

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Also, back then there weren't so many cars, and not even close To how fast they are today, thus way fewer accidents. 🚙

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

The cars that were on the rods had NONE of the safety features that is standard today. That is why even minor accidents had severe consequences with much heavier injuries for the people riding these cars, or being struck by them.

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#18

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

what no cigarette? well she tried..

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#19

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

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Diver Driver
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1 year ago

Ha cigar is backwards!

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#20

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 year ago

Meh, we did this all the time when I was a kid and I turned out just fi– wait...

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#21

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Poor lion : (

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#22

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

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Armando Garcia
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1 year ago

I'm scared for that bear, it's gonna fall.

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#23

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

From the infamous Thai temple tiger farm. https://www.traffic.org/news/thai-seizure-of-a-dozen-captive-tigers-resurrects-farming-threat/

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