White tigers are not albino, nor are they a unique species of tiger - rather, they’re a color morph due to a rare double recessive gene. Since only 1 in 10,000 Bengal tigers will be born white in the wild, and even then they often will not survive, the white tigers we see in places like zoos, or the above advertisement, are the product of years of inbreeding.
Due to this white tigers often have a menagerie of health issues such as crossed eyes, cleft palates, scoliosis, hip dyslplasia, immune system deficiencies, and neurological disorders. Thes animals serve no conservation purpose and often live shortened, miserable lives.
Kenny is an extreme example of this, but he is certainly not alone. The white tigers we see have underlying health issues, and the ones that wear their genes on their sleeves like Kenny are hidden away.
The media has a great impact on the desireability of animals. After 101 Dalmations there was a huge boom in demand for Dalmations, which were shortly after deposited in shelters and discarded on the streets once owners realized it was more than they could handle.
The same occurs with white tigers. White tigers are showcased and glorified, promoted as some mystical, mysterious being, a rare gem! Thusly unwitting people fall in love with these animals and want to see more of them, and so long as there is money to be made from the exploitation of white tigers greedy subhumans will continue to breed with no regard for the individual animals or the species.
Tell Subway, a restaurant priding itself on it’s alleged environmental awareness, how you feel about them using a white tiger in their advertisment and commercial for “bold new flavors" and contributing to the demand of these inbred felines?
Subway, if you want to use a white tiger to promote your food then be honest use one like Kenny.