Tigers aren’t sexy, especially if you’re posing with one in captivity.

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Tigers aren’t sexy.

That’s the message from the dating app Tinder, which this week asked its users to stop posting photos of themselves with the big cats.

The photos, taken at tourist attractions with captive animals, may look cool, but “many of these wild animals are taken from their mothers as babies and forced to endure cruel and intensive training to make them ‘safe’ to interact with tourists,” said Cassandra Koenen, head of wildlife campaigns at World Animal Protection.

Tinder agrees, saying “we promise that your profile will be just as fierce without the drugged animals.”

If you really want to show that you love animals, Tinder has a better suggestion: post photos of yourself volunteering at an animal shelter.

John R. Platt

is the editor of The Revelator. An award-winning environmental journalist, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Audubon, Motherboard, and numerous other magazines and publications. His “Extinction Countdown” column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers. John lives on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., where he finds himself surrounded by animals and cartoonists.