Most Daring Rescue Ever!
Nine exotic cats and two other wild animals were confiscated from a dilapidated Atchison, Kansas, property yesterday after authorities discovered that the animals had been abandoned in their enclosures without access to food or clean water. The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office seized one tiger, two cougars, three bobcats, two lynx, a serval and two skunks under the state’s Dangerous Regulated Animals Act and the animal cruelty code.
The Humane Society of the United States, Big Cat Rescue, In-Sync Exotics and the Kansas City Zoo removed the animals from the property and transported them to sanctuaries around the country. Big Cat Rescue is providing a permanent home to the 3 bobcats, 2 Canada Lynx and 1 Serval and needs your help. See photos and video from the cats you can help us rescue here: http://bigcatrescue.org/most-daring-rescue-ever/
Gr-r-r-reat Non-Profits Award
If you love our work, then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits — a review site like TripAdvisor — is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2013 Top-Rated Awards. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/big-cat-rescue-corp to get started!
Save the Indochinese Tiger Petition
The Indochinese tiger is a tiger subspecies found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and southwestern China. This tiger is disappearing faster than any other tiger subspecies, with at least one tiger being killed each week by poachers.
All existing populations are at extreme risk from habitat loss, prey depletion, inbreeding, hunting for trophies, poaching by farmers, and the growing demand for tiger bones in Asian medicine. According to some reports, almost three-quarters of the Indochinese tigers killed end up in Chinese pharmacies for Chinese Traditional Medicines.
In Myanmar, a designated Protected Tiger Area was clear-cut for sugar and tapioca plantations. Cambodia continues illegal logging in tiger habitat. Fewer than 30 tigers are believed to be left in Vietnam, and one has not been seen in China since 2007 when the last surviving individual was eaten. Sign this petition to help save the Indochinese Tiger:
While you are there…Ban the sale of lion meat in the U.S.: https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/Campaigns/31580/Respond
Dental Work for 20 Year Old Bobcat
Angie the bobcat was recently sedated for follow-up blood work after an exam last year, during which it was discovered that she had high blood pressure. Angie has been on medications to control her blood pressure ever since and Dr. Wynn wanted to do a follow up exam. During the exam, Dr. Wynn noticed a couple of teeth that looked bad and scheduled Angie a dental exam the very next day. Turns out Angie had four bad teeth, all of which were extracted. Otherwise she was in good health. After a short period of time waking from sedation in our onsite Cat Hospital, Angie was moved to a different enclosure. Read Angie’s Bio Here: http://bigcatrescue.org/angie/
Juliet Simms of The Voice Visit
Big Cat Rescue was very excited to host a private tour of the sanctuary for musical talent Juliet Simms. Many of you may recall Juliet was the runner-up on the second season of the reality talent show, The Voice. She loves big cats and chose Big Cat Rescue to benefit from her recent participation in a unique fundraiser called Closets for Causes. Designer clothing and accessories owned by Juliet were auctioned off, raising more than $1,200 to support the big cats! In honor of her contribution, Big Cat Rescue’s Jeff Kremer presented Juliet with a special plaque to commemorate her gift. In recognition of her visit and to show her love of the big cats through continued support, Juliet designed a special bracelet as part of her Never Take It Off jewelry line. The bracelet is available for purchase at the link below. For every bracelet sold, $8 will be donated to Big Cat Rescue! Now that’s something to sing about! http://nevertakeitoff.bigcartel.com/product/wild-free-ntio-bracelet-for-big-cat-rescue
Tigers for Tigers
Tigers For Tigers Coalition (T4TCoalition.org) was founded in 1997 as a way of harnessing the team spirit of colleges with tiger mascots to protect tigers. It has grown over the years and has been inclusive of any tiger mascotted school who wanted to participate. This year they held their first National Summit at Clemson University and asked a number of tiger experts, including Big Cat Rescue CEO and Founder Carole Baskin, to come talk to the students about the real steps they can take, right now, to protect tigers. Are you a student or alumni of a tiger mascot school? Join the club: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-apr-20-2013/
It’s back and better than ever! Big Cat Rescue’s Summer Camp is a huge hit each year and the limited spaces fill up quickly. Reserve your spot today for a roaring good time this summer! http://bigcatrescue.org/kids-camp/
Top 5 Most Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – May 2013
We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. Thanks to many of you speaking out on behalf of the cats there have been some significant wins for them lately! The FL legislature and Hillsborough County enacted Community Cats programs that encourage Trap Neuter Return for feral cats, instead of rounding them up and killing them. You were also instrumental in getting the Detroit Tigers to take down the photos of their players handling tiger cubs! Big cats are being confiscated from circus acts in the U.K. and many more advances are taking place for animal welfare, thanks to those of you who take the time to call or write.
We encourage you to take one small action today and reach out via phone or email to contact one or more of the offenders listed below and politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. Please join us in our mission of Caring for Cats & Ending the Trade.
No. 1 A new restaurant right here in our own backyard in Tampa (Florida) called Taco Fusion will have lion tacos on the menu in the next week or so. They are already boasting about it on their Facebook page. The restaurant says they have a distributor in California, but lion meat is NOT inspected or regulated by the USDA so there are health issues with it in addition to humane issues.
Won’t you please take a minute to call the restaurant and post on their Facebook page? Phone: 813-902-8226 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Taco-Fusion/418933044834496?fref=ts
No. 2 The website for Lion Habitat Ranch (Nevada) boasts that they started having “cub interactions” on May 1. They are charging $200 for 5 minutes with a lion cub – talk about blatantly breeding and then exploiting cubs to make money! Owner Keith Evans used to “supply” lions to MGM Grand’s lion exhibit.
The exhibit shut down last year but Evans continues to breed lion cubs! Evans was recently quoted saying, “We try to teach the instincts out of them, so they don’t go hunting anybody down, so they will assume we’re part of their pride and bond with us.” Please let Mr. Evans know via phone and Facebook page that people who treasure big cats and respect nature do NOT want to see lions bred for profit.
Phone: 702-595-6666 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Lion-Habitat-Ranch/271167609612510?fref=ts
No. 3 Believe it or not, a tourist attraction called Gatorland (Florida) acquired two cougars last month. Their Facebook page claims they were rescued but a news story also posted on their page says, “Shortly after birth at a Florida rescue and rehabilitation center in 2006, the pair were adopted and raised in the loving care of a Florida conservationist until their arrival at Gatorland.” A true rescue would not take cougar kittens away from their mother in order to sell or give away the kittens; and a true conservationist would not then give or sell them to Gatorland. Please let Gatorland CEO and President Mark McHugh know that cougars should not be exploited for profit and used as entertainment for his visitors.
Phone: 800-393-5297 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/gatorland?fref=ts
No. 4 Carine Roitfeld, global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar, recently photographed a major spread (which appeared in all 26 international issues of the magazine) called “Animal Nursery,” in which numerous models including Kate Upton were photographed holding and cuddling tiger cubs, Serval kittens and other exotics. Roitfeld was quoted telling the media, “The shoot was a dream come true because I had never held a baby monkey and baby tigers before.” Would you take a minute to explain to Roitfeld and the editors at Harper’s Bazaar why being used as photo props is NOT a dream come true for these baby big cats?
Email the editor at: email@example.com. Send a letter to: Harper’s Bazaar Editorial Offices at 300 West 57th Street, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10019.
No. 5 The group that “rented” the tiger cubs and other exotics to Harper’s Bazaar (No. 4 above) for the photo shoot is Zoological Wildlife Foundation (Florida). This for profit group defended their actions by telling media that their animals are captive-born for at least five generations, and are hand-raised by humans because the mothers have rejected them. We should believe that ALL of these purposely-bred mothers have rejected their babies? Their website states “Our animals are available for movie scenes, birthday parties, weddings, promotional events, on-location model shoots, and more.” Please contact them and let them know that breeding exotics in order to profit from them is just plain wrong.
Phone: 305.969-3696 (general) or 786-423-8099 (cell for Production Director Maria Tabraue). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you hear about exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org. As always you can keep up with the latest action alerts at CatLaws.com Thank you!
Cat In the Box
Ever wonder if the big cats like boxes as much as your pet cat at home? More than 1 million viewers have already checked out this video.
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