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Life Of Pi Animal Trainer Charged With Five Counts Of Animal Cruelty After Whipping Video Surfaces

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This story breaks our hearts, but at least there will be some justice here.

Back in December we showed you the upsetting video of Bowmanville Zoo owner Michael Hackenberger, who has provided animals for several productions including the award-winning Life Of Pi, allegedly striking a young Siberian tiger.

In the clip released by PETA, Hackenberger appears to be repeatedly lashing the large cat with a whip and then later explaining the most effective places to hit the animal. The animal trainer later denied PETA's "lies."

In new developments on Wednesday, the Ontario SPCA has charged the trainer with five counts of animal cruelty after thoroughly reviewing his zoo's practices.

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According to TMZ, the charges include causing the animal distress by

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Life Of Pi Animal Trainer Lashes Out At PETA After Allegedly Being Caught Whipping Tiger On Undercover Video — Watch & See Who YOU Agree With!

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This does not look good!

Michael Hackenberger, who has provided animals for several productions, including the award-winning Life Of Pi, was allegedly caught on camera whipping a young Siberian tiger.

In the undercover video obtained by PETA, Hackenberger appears to be striking the large cat with a whip repeatedly as it practices stunts and leaps from one pedestal to another.

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In one clip, another trainer holds the tiger on a leash as it rolls on its back as Hackenberger — the director of Bowmanville Zoological Park — seemingly lashes the animal several times.

Another clip showed Hackenberger talking to the person recording the footage, explaining the most effective places to whip the animal — and ironically noting how PETA could destroy them with footage of the training session:

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