A BRIT bodybuilder has been slammed by animal rights charities after he was filmed performing a tug of battle with a caged liger in Dubai.
Martyn Ford, 40, dubbed the “World’s Scariest Man”, shared the video of the stunt together with his greater than 4 million Instagram followers on Monday morning.
Within the quick clip filmed in Dubai, the 6’8” big yanks at an extended rope, the opposite finish of which is being held within the mouth of a caged “liger” – the hybrid offspring of a male lion and a feminine tiger.
Ford, carrying shorts, a shirt and slip-on footwear, is seen sweating as battles with the animal, whereas a laughing crowd watches on.
At one stage, the large cat is ready to pull Ford again a number of toes, sparking extra laughter.
“Watch your legs, babe,” the girl filming the video says.
Ford captioned the video: “Now, that is one hell of a strategy to practice again. I will be transferring over to Dubai quickly to begin my coaching camp with my buddy.”
He added: “Can anybody guess how heavy this liger is? An absolute BEAST of an animal.”
The clip shortly racked up greater than 70,000 likes however sparked a blended response from viewers.
One commenter wrote: “What if we might change the place and you’ll be in that jail?”
A second wrote: “Love your content material normally large man however simply discover this a bit disheartening. Take a step again and assume [about] what you’re doing… poor animal in a cage being made to do tug of battle with a number of folks a day for a giggle. Makes me unhappy.”
Whereas a 3rd added: “Let him out and you will notice how sturdy he’s.”
Animal rights teams have additionally slammed the Staffordshire-born bodybuilder and actor for the stunt.
Emily Wilson, Head of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS UK mentioned: “We’re appalled to see Martyn Ford share this merciless footage together with his 4 million-strong following, and advocate for such abhorrent behaviour towards animals.
Love your content material normally large man however simply discover this a bit disheartening
“Clearly sad, uncomfortable, and distressed, he continues to yank on the animal’s rope, ignoring its clear indicators of discomfort.
“We urge Martyn to indicate true energy and champion the rights of those that can’t themselves by deleting the video and pledging to #TravelKind by supporting animal-friendly journey experiences that don’t commodify sentient beings.”
The Solar On-line has approached Martyn Ford’s representatives for remark.
He has since spoken out on the row, hitting again at critics and insisting the animals on the zoo are properly sorted.
Ford advised the Each day Star: “I perceive folks worrying over the properly truthful of animals and I’m an enormous animal lover, I can guarantee you these animals are ridiculously properly sorted.”
He added: “The liger that was enjoying tug of battle was the one who ran over to play – she was excited, completely happy, and very playful.”
Ford, who weighs a staggering 320lbs, initially dreamed of being knowledgeable cricketer, however his hopes had been dashed in his teenage years when he caught a very unhealthy purchased of glandular fever.
His spectacular physique and colossal stature have taken him from the West Midlands to Hollywood.
He has starred in plenty of blockbuster movies together with Ultimate Rating, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and most lately Quick & Livid 9.
On high of his fledgling appearing profession, Ford additionally owns Beta Bodz health club in Birmingham.