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Most Daring Rescue Ever!

Canada Lynx in transport

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:

https://www.votervoice.net/core.aspx?APP=Petition&AID=1658&PetitionID=234&SiteID=-1

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 Bobcat Goes To Vet

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

Juliet-Simms-Wild-ChildBig 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/


Summer Camp

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

Rescued momma catWe 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: customerservice@gatorland.com 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: webmaster@harpersbazaar.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: zwfinc@bellsouth.net or mariazoo@bellsouth.net

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.


Mother’s Day

Show your mother that you’re wild about her by sending her a free Big Cat eCard or by giving her one of these gr-r-r-reat gifts!

eCards: http://www.bigcatfun.com/ecards/subcat17.html

Shop: http://store02.prostores.com/servlet/bigcatrescue/StoreFront


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HAPPY EARTH DAY

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.

- CHIEF SEATTLE OF THE SUWAMISH TRIBE, letter to President Franklin Pierce

Flavio Tiger and His Big Move

April_Flavio_TigerFlavio, a 24 year old male tiger, was recently loaded up into a transport cage to await his ride that would take him to Gainesville where he had an appointment with his veterinarian. (He is one of a handful of cats that reside at the sanctuary that were retired from the circus. The circus funds the care of their retirees and provides veterinary care using their own staff.) When the transportation plans fell through, Flavio was all loaded up with no place to go. So Big Cat Rescuers thought it would be the purr-fect time to enrich his life with a move to a much larger enclosure.

Bengali was moved from his half acre Cat-a-tat to an adjacent one and then Flavio was moved into Bengali’s enclosure. Right away Flavio explored the entire perimeter stopping to smell every interesting smell along the way! He seems to really enjoy the new space and will continue to live there until his vet visit, which is scheduled in about a week. Meanwhile Bengali and Alex the tigers are both having a blast checking out their new digs. The tiger shuffle has been an enriching experience to all involved, tigers and keepers alike!

Bobcat Buddies Bound into the Great Wide Open

Photo op after the release in front of the van.

We are so pleased to share with you that Gator and Copter, two male Florida bobcats, have been released back into the wild. The bobcat duo came to Big Cat Rescue in the summer of last year, both orphaned, riddled with parasites, and emaciated. After several months of rehabilitation and bonding the two were transported to a release site encompassing 5,000 acres of natural habitat. Big Cat Rescuers set the wooden crates side by side and on the count of 3 opened the doors releasing the duo. Gator immediately burst from the crate and bounded across a large field before taking cover in the forest where he waited for Copter.

Copter on the other hand was much more timid and took nearly 45 minutes to get up the courage to leave the dark confines of the crate. Although very interested in the surroundings just past the opening of the crate, Copter was

reluctant to take that first step out into the light. His crate was moved closer to the forest and near a large pile of dead branches. He finally bolted towards freedom and took cover in the thicket.

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We hope that Gator and Copter will stay together for a little while until they have both settled into their new home. These animals belong in the wild and setting them free is one of the many perks of a Big Cat Rescuer!

Support our Bobcat Rehabilitation Program with one of these great items!

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Big Cat Rescue Named 2013 Best Place to Work

We are excited to announce that Big Cat Rescue has been selected as a 2013 Best Place to Work finalist! The Tampa Bay Business Journal and presenting sponsors Fisher & Phillips and MARS Drinks as well as sponsors GTE Financial and Quantum Workplace will honor Big Cat Rescuers at a special luncheon later this month.

My, What Big Teeth You Have!

April_Mac-Cougar-DentistMac the cougar is 17 years old. He was rescued in 1998 from a man who no longer wanted him due to a change in zoning laws in his home town that would require an investment in better caging. Recently Mac’s keepers noticed a swelling on his cheek just under his eye. He was taken to see Big Cat Rescue’s volunteer veterinarian Dr. Wynn where he received a thorough examination. His overall condition was good for his age. He has developed arthritis in some of his joints, for which he now receives medication.

The main reason for his trip to the clinic was to find the cause of the swelling on his cheek. His teeth appeared to be in good shape and there was no smell of infection in his mouth. However after a couple of dental x-rays the culprit was discovered. One of his molars was fractured above the gumline. The bad tooth was extracted and Mac was sent home with a list of medications to prevent infection and ease his pain. He was also put on a diet of soft foods for two weeks to give his mouth time to heal.

Since his dental surgery a couple of weeks ago Mac is doing great and is back to his normal routine. It is because of the wonderful donations from our supporters that we are able to provide top-notch veterinary care to our nearly 100 residents. If you would like to make a donation to help us to provide the very best care to cats like Mac please consider making a donation here:

http://store02.prostores.com/servlet/bigcatrescue/the-1050/Veterinary-Care-Donation/Detail

or sponsoring one of your favorite feline friends here:  http://store02.prostores.com/servlet/bigcatrescue/the-Sponsor-A-Cat/Categories

Vacation Rotation Enclosure Fundraiser

Help us provide an amazing 2.5 acre enclosure for the big cats to takes turns “vacationing” in, for two weeks at at time. The large natural habitat houses giant trees, a swimming pond, mountain cave dens, and two massive jungle gyms constructed by our very own enrichment team. Construction of this big cat paradise is nearing the halfway point. However fundraising for the project is lagging far behind. To date we have raised a little over $65,000 for the $200,000 project.

Please consider making a donation towards this project so that we can complete construction and start sending the big cats on vacation!

http://www.razoo.com/story/Bigcatvacation

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Lion Meat, Community Cats and “Pet” Tigers

There are a lot of ways you can help protect big cats with quick and easy letters.  Edit our sample letters to lend YOUR voice to the cats on these issues:

If you do not have a U.S. zip code, use 33625 because the system will only accept U.S. postal codes.

Ban the trade in lion meat in Illinois

Ban big cats as pets in Texas

Ban big cats as pets in Nevada

Protect people who take care of cast off cats

Animal abusers should forfeit property

Wild Child Shares Birthday Wishes with the Big Cats

April_JasperPerezJasper Perez, of Baltimore, turned 7 years old last month. In lieu of gifts, she asked friends and family to donate to Big Cat Rescue. She raised $555.29 for the cats!

Way to go, Jasper! The cats appreciate your generous donation and hope you had a grrrr-eat birthday!


Easter Bunny Visits the Big Cats

Check out the big cats having a blast with their Easter enrichment!  http://youtu.be/vqULaUnOL9w


Go Grrr-reen

Check out these great items you can use every day to both show your support for Big Cat Rescue and your use of eco-friendly alternatives!



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Thank you for joining us.  Please share this newsletter with your cat loving friends and family.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Big Cat Rescue

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Valentines Day Banner 2013

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A Lasting Valentine’s Gift

Donate BrickLooking for a unique Valentine’s gift that will leave a lasting impression? Look no further. A personalized laser engraved brick is a special way to show that special someone, just how special they really are. These bricks are permanently installed at the front entrance of the sanctuary and will be seen by thousands of visitors every month!

Choose from two sizes; 8×8” with up to 5 lines of text and 4×8” with up to 3 lines of text. Special heart symbols also available, please inquire at time of purchase. http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-786/Pave-the-Way-Brick/Detail

How to Rescue a Big Cat

Ever wonder what is involved each time Big Cat Rescue commits to taking in a big cat? There is quite a lot more to consider than you may think. We don’t just hop in the big cat van, hit the road, and pick up the cat. A rescue usually takes several weeks of meticulous planning in addition to meshing the schedules of all of the parties involved.

About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:

“We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We’d like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes.”

RescueServals-carriersinvanIt just doesn’t work that way…

Our response is typically:

“The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a 6+ year long legal process. States have a patchwork of rules and in 30 years of rescuing exotic cats, there has not been a single time when there was a “bust down the door like Dog The Bounty Hunter” moment. It just doesn’t happen. The state processes are like those of the federal government and require years of court battles before the person eventually gives the animal up.

Even then, they usually won’t allow cameras and when they do, it is not an explosive situation, if the person rescuing the animals has any concern for the animals. The best way to move any exotic animal is through patience, quiet and working with the existing owner to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.

Rescue photo of Mountain Lion
Photo is NOT at Big Cat Rescue!

Rescue photo of Mountain Lion. Photo is NOT at Big Cat Rescue!

The only accredited sanctuaries are listed at SanctuaryFederation.org Any place else you send a wild animal could very well end up in trouble again not too far down the line. That wouldn’t reflect very well on you. Accredited sanctuaries do not buy, breed, sell, allow public contact nor take animals off site for exhibition. People who run accredited sanctuaries aren’t going to act reckless on film and do things that would jeopardize the animal or public’s safety.

Good luck with your project though because it can only help for people to see what happens to all of the cute little cubs when they are no longer cute…and profitable.”

For a detailed explanation of what really goes in to rescueing a big cat, check out this page: http://bigcatrescue.org/how-to-rescue-a-big-cat/

Full Sail University Students Spruce Up Vacation Rotation Enclosure

Volunteers from Full Sail 2013

We would like to send out a roaring thanks of gratitude to dozens of Full Sail University students who recently visited the sanctuary for a grand scale work project. The team spent countless hours landscaping the entire grounds on which the new Vacation Rotation Enclosure will be constructed. Their spirit was enthusiastic and their efforts transformed this area into a purr-fectly manicured oasis!

Gerrard Larriett Partners with Charles the Monarch to Support Big Cat Rescue

New York, NY: Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care announces their partnership with Charles the Monarch to raise funds for Big Cat Rescue. The partnership aims to raise $10,000 for Big Cat Rescue by donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Gerrard Larriett products. In addition, customers will receive 25% off of the purchase of Gerrard Larriett grooming products from their website www.gerrardlarriett.com with promo code “Charles.”

“We were very excited to be partnering together with our wonderful friends at Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care, Charles Painter and the now world renown Charles the Monarch,” said Jeff Kremer, Big Cat Rescue’s Director of Donor Appreciation. “The sanctuary envisions a world where the animals we share it with are treated with compassion and respect and it is only by working “hand in hand” with like-minded friends that Big Cat Rescue is able to continue to make a positive difference in both the animal as well as human world we share”.

Charles the Monarch

Charles the Monarch is the now world-famous dog, whose owner Charles Painter had him groomed to resemble the Old Dominion University mascot, a lion. The Labrador-poodle mix recently made headlines when several people in his home town of Norfolk, Virginia mistook him for an actual lion resulting in numerous 911 calls.

Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care is an in home spa experience for pets that therapeutically tackles the odors that come along with pet ownership. The line includes pet shampoo and pet conditioner, pet freshening and shining spray and handmade deodorizing soy candles for the home. The scents have been personally chosen and each grooming product is designed to be adored by even the most demanding cat, dog or pet parent. Larriett explains, “The collection is presented as an array of top quality fragrances that span pet shampoo & conditioner, pet freshening and shining spray and handmade deodorizing soy candles for the home. Now your pet and you can share a soothing aromatherapy experience with each bath, touch-up spray or candle burn.”

Enclosure Addition for Armani and Jade the Leopards

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Armani and Jade the leopards now have more space to explore and play. Their enclosure was connected to a neighboring enclosure nearly doubling their space. The two eagerly awaited the completion of the connecting tunnel. Once finished, the doors were opened, and Armani and Jade immediately ventured through the tunnel to check out their new home addition!

Hiring the Dream Team We Didn’t Think We Could Afford

Thanks to the top notch team at Zerve, Big Cat Rescue’s tour revenue is expected to soar! After a very impressive demonstration by a Zerve representative we were hooked. All of our specialty tours including the Feeding Tour, Keeper Tour, Night Tour, and Private Tour are now booked through Zerve. You can get info about these tours and book them online or by calling our new reservation phone number which is routed right to Zerve operators. Call are answered promptly between 8 AM and midnight, 7 days a week. In just the first week of utilizing Zerve’s service more than 200 tickets for our specialty tours have been sold! Read more about the Dream Team here: http://bigcatrescue.org/zerve-dream-team/

Big Cat Valentine Fun

Valentine’s Day at Big Cat Rescue… Our volunteers LOVE the tigers, lions, leopards and all the other residents at the sanctuary, so what better way to show their love than to make tasty “feline flowers” for the big cats! :)

Valentines Gifts and Big Cat Fun

Visit www.BigCatRescue.biz for lots of wild Valentine’s Day big cat gifts! Gift shop purchases help fund the care of the cats at Big Cat Rescue.

Valentine Ecards

Visit www.BigCatFun.com for tons of free Valentine’s Day eCards, Valentine’s Day games, coloring pages and more!


How To Rescue a Big Cat and How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat

How to Rescue a Big Cat

Maybe the best way to start out is to talk about

How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat

About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:

“We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We’d like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes.”

It just doesn’t work that way.

Our response is typically,

“The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a 6 +  year long legal process. States have a patchwork of rules and in 30 years of rescuing exotic cats, I can’t think of a single time when there was a “bust down the door like Dog The Bounty Hunter” moment. It just doesn’t happen. The state processes are like those of the federal government and require years of court battles before the person eventually gives the animal up.

Even then, they usually won’t allow cameras and when they do, it is not an explosive situation, if the person rescuing the animals has any concern for the animals. The best way to move any exotic cat is through patience, quiet and working with the existing owner to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.

The only accredited zoos are listed at SanctuaryFederation.org Any place else you send a wild animal could very well end up in trouble again not too far down the line. That wouldn’t reflect very well on you. Accredited sanctuaries do not buy, breed, sell, allow public contact nor take animals off site for exhibition.  People who run accredited sanctuaries aren’t going to act stupid on film for you and do things that would jeopardize the animal or public’s safety.

Good luck with your project though because it can only help for people to see what happens to all of the cute little cubs when they are no longer cute…and profitable.”

How To Safely Rescue and Transport a Big Cat

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Every situation is different, but the following is a step by step guide that Big Cat Rescue uses when rescuing an exotic cat.

1.  Gather information

We try to gather as much information as possible on the cat and the situation.  Rescue logistics are almost always tricky and you can’t be prepared for every possible snafu unless you have asked the right questions and listened to the answers.  There are the obvious questions, such as species, name, age, claws or not, neutered or not, bottle raised or not, health, temperament and the size and complete description of the existing cage.  Getting a cat out of a tiny cage is not too hard because they are usually more than glad to escape into any other contraption to get out of their confinement, but if they have space to hide, or avoid capture, they will use it.

Write it all down, as soon as you find out, because different people will tell you different things and you’ll probably have to extrapolate the actual situation based upon a lot of faulty input.  Ask someone who is there to send photos, video or sketches of the cage, the surrounding terrain, roads for your vehicle and the distance you will be carrying some 400 lb cat by hand to get to the road.  Assess weather norms for the area and a forecast close to travel time.  You can almost count on the fact that it will be raining, snowing and sleeting in a lightning storm, during an eclipse, regardless of your best laid plans.

2.  Paperwork

Unless it is a government seizure, or an abandoned cat, we require that owners contract with us to never own another exotic cat. Most people who are unloading lions and tigers on others are using them for profit while they are young and then discarding them when they are no longer making money for the owner, or when they are too big to play with any more.  We believe that it just enables this bad behavior when sanctuaries allow exotic owners to use them as a dumping ground, because the owner will often go out and buy another cub or kitten to use.

If you want to send your exotic cat to Big Cat Rescue you will have to sign a contract that says we will take your cat, at no charge to you, but if you obtain another exotic cat, or even pose with one after the date of the contract, then you owe us whatever it would cost to take care of your abandoned cat for the rest of their life (which can be more than 20 years.)  This contract is usually the deal killer and the irresponsible owner will just find some roadside zoo, breeder or pseudo sanctuary who won’t hold them responsible for their acts.

To bring a cat into Florida we have to get a Health Certificate, from a veterinarian who is licensed in the state where the cat is, stating that the cat is healthy enough to travel.  No shots, blood tests or any other kinds of tests are required and every vet’s office has these three part forms, which are typically used for moving dogs and cats across state lines.  That means that the exotic owner, who has probably never provided vet care, now has to get their cat to a vet, or get the vet to their home, to do this Health Certificate, which will be good for 30 days.

When dealing with exotic pet owners, we know how flaky they usually are, so we don’t even apply for an import permit until they have signed the Surrender Contract, in front of a notary, and have obtained the Health Certificate from a vet and faxed both to us.  There is no sense in tying up our Florida Wildlife Commission staff in issuing an import permit when most exotic pet owners will fail to comply.  If they do comply, then we fill out a form and submit it to the Florida Wildlife Commission and ask that they allow us to import the cat.  They will contact the owner and the wildlife department of the state where the cat lives, in order to make sure that no laws are being broken.  It can take 2 days or 2 weeks to get this permit issued and it is good for 30 days.

The clock is ticking down from 30 days on the Health Certificate so all of the other arrangements have to fall into place before it expires.  Here are examples of the paperwork.  Health Certificate   FL Import Permit   Contract For Surrender USDA Transfer Form

3.  Reducing Stress for the Cat

If possible, we like to give the cat time to feel comfortable in the transport carrier.  If it is a small cat, an airline kennel works well, but for cougars on up, it has to be substantially bigger and heavy duty enough to prevent an escape.  The exotic pet owner is almost never equipped and/or willing to build something for the cat to use.  They just want the cat gone and don’t usually care how that happens.  This often means that we have to send someone up, ahead of the rescue team, to build a transport cage on site and install it so that the cat gets used to eating and sleeping in this new crate.

Cougar transport cage

If you were to play this video in reverse, you would get an idea of how we hook the transport up to the side wall of the existing cage to get the cat used to using it.

It at all the possible the cat should be allowed to come and go freely from the small transport cage while eating and for sleeping, so that when moving day comes they feel safe in that small space.  You will notice that we cover the cage, so that it looks like a nice, safe den.

4.  Prepare for the worst

We make every possible attempt to safely capture the cat without sedating them.  Exotic cats often die from simple procedures because of hyperthermia caused by the drugs used to anesthetize them.  Even if the sedation doesn’t kill them right away, it is a toxin that their kidneys can’t fully flush out and over time can result in renal failure.  If you take your time, prepare in advance, and watch the cat for cues, you can often manage to crate them for transport without using drugs.

Nonetheless, we have to prepare for the worst; ie: the cat just won’t go, or the cat escapes because of the rickety enclosure where they have been housed.  Even if our vet goes along on the rescue, they cannot transport drugs across state lines, so we can bring the “jab” stick, the blow pipe, and the dart guns, but we have to find a vet where the cat lives who will meet us at the scene with the appropriate cocktail of drugs to sedate the cat and a willingness to be in a situation that is usually fraught with danger.  That is a pretty special vet and can be hard to find.  We often spend hours on the phone trying to find just one who will help.

If the cat were a cougar or larger and managed to escape during the rescue attempt we have to be prepared to shoot to kill because sedation drugs take 20-30 minutes to take effect and often do not work at all if the cat has enough adrenalin pumping through their veins.  Being free for the first time in their life is usually enough that there is no drug that will bring them down.  Even if it did, they are 30 minutes down the road and could be drowning or stumbling out into traffic.

5.  Send enough of the right people

Everyone at the sanctuary wants to go on a rescue.  It’s exciting!  But, the people you need on the rescue mission are the most experienced, the most calm, and depending on how far you are traveling, they have to be expendable from the daily work of the sanctuary.  You may be able stop for food and overnight resting on the way up, but not on the way back.  No one is going to let you rent a room and haul your circus wagon with a tiger in it into the motel for the night.  You can’t leave the cat in the trailer because they make noises that attract ignorant people who will do stupid things to see what is inside.

You will have to have a crew that can take shifts driving if you are coming across country with a big cat.  Nothing spells disaster for good working relations like traveling 3 days straight, eating junk food, listening to static on the radio and smelling cat urine for hundreds of miles.

6.  Be ready to receive the new cat

The people left behind are usually trying to raise the funds for the rescue, building or modifying a cage, making arrangements with the media and then wrangling the press on the day the cat arrives.  The media can be a sanctuary’s life blood because a good story, along with thrilling photos and video, will raise awareness about the plight of these cats in captivity but you have to keep the press from getting in the way or scaring the animals.  They often want snarling photos and roaring cat sounds, but our mission is to make the transition as smooth and peaceful for the cat as possible.  To do that you have to have the media area staked out and enough people to keep them far enough from the cats that they cannot spook them.  Giving the press a great spokesperson to answer all of their questions is a great way to make the most of the situation and insure that they understand why it is so important to put the cat’s needs first.

7.  Follow up

Even if the exotic cat owner was a jerk, we let them know that the cat arrived safely and encourage them to follow us on Facebook and YouTube for updates about their cat.  We follow up with the press to give them updates, although it is rare that the media will report anything after the initial rescue.  Whatever money you raised before the rescue is all you are going to raise, for the same reason.  Before the rescue the public is on pins and needles, following you through every step that you will share with them and helping as much as they can.  After the cat is at the sanctuary, most member of the public are off looking for the next “feel good” story where they can be involved in another rescue.

The cat you rescue today could live another 20 years, so it is vital that you have planned for that long term care.  I have never seen a rescue effort raise more money than the first years’ cost of the cat.  All too often “sanctuaries” continue to rescue animal after animal because of the funds they can get from the initial rescue, but it is never enough for life time care and eventually the places implode and the animals are all shifted around the country again.

Don’t be THAT place!

See some of Big Cat Rescue’s rescues above.


Gerrard Larriett Announces Partnership with Charles the Monarch to Raise Funds for Big Cat Rescue

New York, NY (January 24, 2013), Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care announces their partnership with Charles the Monarch to raise funds for Big Cat Rescue. The partnership aims to raise $10,000 for Big Cat Rescue by donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Gerrard Larriett products. In addition, customers will receive 25% off of the purchase of Gerrard Larriett grooming products from their website www.gerrardlarriett.com with promo code “Charles.” 

“We were very excited to be partnering together with our wonderful friends at Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care, Charles Painter and the now world renown Charles the Monarch,” said Jeff Kremer, Big Cat Rescue’s Director of Donor Appreciation. “The sanctuary envisions a world where the animals we share it with are treated with compassion and respect and it is only by working “hand in hand” with like-minded friends that Big Cat Rescue is able to continue to make a positive difference in both the animal as well as human world we share”. 

Charles the Monarch is the now world-famous dog, whose owner Charles Painter had him groomed to resemble the Old Dominion University mascot, a lion. The Labrador-poodle mix recently made headlines when several people in his home town of Norfolk, Virginia mistook him for an actual lion resulting in numerous 911 calls. 

Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. Many of these cats are endangered and would stand no chance in the wild. Currently Big Cat rescue is caring for over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species that have been abandoned, abused, orphaned or saved from poachers. Since 1992, Big Cat Rescue has been the lifeline for these at risk cats and now Gerrard Larriett and Charles the Monarch have stepped up to strengthen that lifeline. 

Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care is an in home spa experience for pets that therapeutically tackles the odors that come along with pet ownership. The line includes pet shampoo and pet conditioner, pet freshening and shining spray and handmade deodorizing soy candles for the home. The scents have been personally chosen and each grooming product is designed to be adored by even the most demanding cat, dog or pet parent. Larriett explains, “The collection is presented as an array of top quality fragrances that span pet shampoo & conditioner, pet freshening and shining spray and handmade deodorizing soy candles for the home. Now your pet and you can share a soothing aromatherapy experience with each bath, touch-up spray or candle burn.” 

For further press information or images please contact Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care 

press@gerrardlarriett.com; 1-888-972-7662 


January 2013 AdvoCat

Nashville Serval Paradise Bound  - Music to Her Ears

Mid December we received a call from a man in Nashville who was looking for a home for a 3-year-old female serval. The serval, named Nala, was the pet of the man’s father.  His father had become deathly ill and was in the hospital and not expected to survive.

We explained to the man that when we agree to take in a cat that the owner contract with us to give up their exotic animal permit and to never again own an exotic cat as a pet.  Breaching the contract results in hefty fines.

The reason we insist on such an arrangement is because we do not want to simply put a bandaid on the captive exotic animal problem in our country, but rather, put a stop to the ownership of these animals one person at a time.  We find many people will not agree to our terms, which leads us to believe that they are merely tired of their adult pet and looking to get rid of it so they can acquire a new baby animal.

Nala Serval

When we did not hear back regarding Nala for nearly three weeks we thought for sure the man looking to find her a home intended to keep his options for owning exotic pets open.  However in the beginning of January he called us back.  His father had passed away and he was ready to sign the necessary paperwork.  Once all of the health records and permits were squared away, Nala was on a plane bound for Florida.

Nala arrived on Sunday, January 5th at Tampa International Airport.  She was met at the cargo warehouse by BCR CEO Carole Baskin, President Jamie Veronica, and volunteer veterinarian Dr. Justin Boorstein.  After a short car ride she was exploring her 2,000 square foot enclosure;  her new home at Big Cat Rescue.

Nala had been raised from a small kitten to adulthood indoors and had no outdoor enclosure.  It is not known if she was ever given the opportunity to explore the great outdoors, but from her amazed and cautious reactions it did not appear as though she had.  Her first few steps out of the crate were awkward as she felt the grass beneath her feet. She slowly ventured into every part of her enclosure wide-eyed, slinking low to the ground.

Nala has settled right in to her new life and surroundings.  She is warming up to her keepers and seems to thoroughly enjoy her new diet of varied raw meats (she had been fed a diet of canned cat food and then just chicken).  Thanks to supporters like you, Nala is living the good life!

You Can Help African Lions in Crisis

CatLaws.comThe African lion’s revered status as the king of animals has made it a target for trophy hunters, and an innocent victim of the cruel wildlife trade.

The latest lion population surveys show a troubling trend: The number of lions has declined by over 50% in the last three decades; In 1980, almost 76,000 wild lions could be found in Africa; now as few as 32,000 remain; Their natural range has been reduced by 75%.  Add in the loss of critical habitat and prey species, along with disease and other human and natural causes, and you can see why we must act now to save African lions.

Lions are the only great cat not protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). A listing under the ESA would put strict controls on the import of lion “trophies” by Americans, and would ban the commercial trade of lion parts in the U.S. Since over 60% of sport-hunted lion trophies are imported back to the U.S., an ESA listing would significantly curb this trophy trade.

On March 1, 2011, IFAW, one of our Big Cat Coalition partners, filed a petition to get lions listed under the ESA. On November 26th, the U.S. government issued a finding in favor of the listing, but before making a final decision, they’ve allowed for a 60 day public comment period. They will be hearing from the hunters for sure!  They need to hear from you.  We make it super easy below:

Please submit your comments in favor of an ESA listing for the lion by January 28th.

https://www.votervoice.net/Groups/BCR/Advocacy/?IssueID=30341&SiteID=-1

The lion trophy hunters will loudly protest this listing and organize as many people as they can to speak out against lion protection. It’s critical that we organize as many Americans as possible to stand up for lions and urge our government to protect them.

The International Union for the Conservation Nature (IUCN) has warned that the Earth’s species are going extinct at a frightening pace — 1,000 times faster than the natural rate. Too often a species is too far down the road to extinction before action is taken to save them.

We CAN save the African lion, but we must act now, while we can still make a difference.

Frosty the Serval Goes to the Dentist

Here at Big Cat Rescue we implement an operant conditioning program to train the cats using positive reinforcement.  Desired behaviors such as sit, lay down, show paw, or open mouth are “caught” by using a clicker to make a sound which is immediately followed by a food treat.  Soon the cats learn that the click means they did something good and they will be rewarded for it if they do it again.  The behaviors learned during these operant training sessions help the staff and veterinarians to perform routine visual exams of the cats.

Our daily operant conditioning program has once again proven to be a critical tool in catching medical issues with our cats early on.

Recently an intern, who works with Frosty the serval, noticed something was wrong when Frosty had no interest in his morning treats.  He usually loves his treats and is an eager student when it comes to operant conditioning.  The intern reported his odd behavior immediately and staff confirmed that Frosty was acting unusual.  He would slowly take the treat in his mouth and then drop it to the ground.  While offering him these treats using an operant stick we were able to get a good look inside his mouth and noticed that his lower canine was broken.

Frosty was taken to Ehrlich Animal Hospital to see Dr. Wynn.  During his visit a routine exam was performed and the bad tooth extracted.  Frosty looked to be in otherwise good health and was returned to his enclosure the next morning. He is now back to his usual self and eagerly awaits his training sessions once again.

Thanks to the close observation of his keepers and the benefits of operant conditioning Frosty received the care he needed right away!

Rotation Enclosure Walls Underway – Limited Matching Funds Left

The 2.5 acre “Vacation Rotation Enclosure” that will allow our cats to take turns in a huge area with a pond and platforms is underway. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Reitzel Foundation, Larry and Pam Trissel, and the Little Family Foundation, the first $61,000 of donations for this enclosure are to be matched dollar for dollar! As of this writing donations of almost $47,000 have been matched so there is still time to double your donation.

The enclosure is being built as funds are raised. The 134 fifteen foot tall support poles are all in, the large central den is under construction, and 45 of the 440, five foot by sixteen foot panels, of cage wire have been installed. Many thanks to the supporters who have made this possible!

If you would like to help fund this wonderful experience for the cats, visithttp://www.razoo.com/story/Bigcatvacation

Extreme Makeover – Leopard Edition

Jumanji Enclosure Jumanji Enrichment

Jumanji the black leopard was the lucky recipient of a complete overhaul to his Cat-a-tat.  Big Cat Rescuers worked for two solid days clearing weeds and vines, raking leaves, removing sticks trapped on the enclosure roof, replacing old bedding with new soft hay and dirt, cutting down old dead trees and building an amazing jungle gym!

The project was the first assignment of new part-time Operation Manager Chris Poole.  Great job Chris and to every volunteer and intern that helped out with this overwhelming task!  Jumanji loves his new jungle gym and spends most of his day on the very top platform where he has the best view!

Big Cat Rescue Featured on Animal Planet

Discovery Communications took notice of Big Cat Rescue’s presence on YouTube and has partnered with us to cross-promote our YouTube channel, BigCatTV.com,  with Animal Planet’s.  If you visit  http://www.youtube.com/animalplanet you will now see Big Cat Rescued listed first in the list of featured channels that appears in the right side bar of the page and visa versa if you visit BigCatTV.com

Top 5 Most Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation

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. We encourage you to take one small action today and reach out via phone or email to contact 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 International jewelry retailer Cartier currently has an advertising campaign featuring adult leopards (Cartier refers to them as panthers) and cubs in major magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue. Cartier’s website and a response from a Cartier representative say the cats are trained by Thierry Le Portier and live on his “wild cat farm” in France. The Cartier representative claims “the leopards were treated with the utmost care.” This trainer has more than 50 big cats and has been exploiting them for over four decades in films and advertisements! Please let Cartier know customers do not want to see big cats and cubs used this way.

Phone: 800-227-8437  Email link: http://www.cartier.us/contact-us

No. 2 Sally Mere, the owner of a company called MY Productions (Florida), which organizes arts and crafts festivals throughout the state, allows a non-accredited “sanctuary” called Lions, Tigers and Bears in Arcadia, Florida (not the accredited sanctuary by the same name in California) to bring a tiger in a cage to her art shows. When we tried to explain to Mere that true sanctuaries do not subject their cats to the stresses of traveling and being exhibited all day in tiny cages, she hung up on us. Please help us educate her.

Phone: 239-707-3467  Email: mypromo@myproductions.com

No. 3 Related to No. 2 above, please contact the City of Punta Gorda (Florida) Public Works Department, which issues permits for arts festivals to take place in local parks. Lisa Hannon at the City of Punta Gorda says they have not had any complaints about the caged tiger at art festivals before. Let’s change that!

Phone: 941-575-3314  Email: lhannon@ci.punta-gorda.fl.us

No. 4 A supporter contacted us about Cherokee Bear Zoo on the Cherokee Reservation (North Carolina) and tells us that a white tiger is confined to a concrete-floored cage the size of a dog run. There are also many bears housed in horrible concrete “pits.” With three roadside zoos on the reservation, it is likely that numerous animals are living miserable existences here. USDA has repeatedly cited the zoos for failing to meet minimal Federal standards. Won’t you please contact Michael Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and be the voice for this tiger and the bears?

Email: michhick@nc-cherokee.com

No. 5 Cricket Hollow Zoo (Iowa) has been repeatedly cited by USDA for serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act. This zoo located in frigid Iowa is only open during the summer, yet their animals – including a number of big cats – live there year round. During a recent blizzard, local citizens became even more concerned about the welfare of the cats and other animals. This zoo also uses big cats for profit by charging patrons to hold and pet cubs. In 2011, owner Tom Sellner was attacked by one of his own tigers. Would you please help us raise awareness about the plight of the big cats at this zoo by contacting USDA?

Phone: 970-494-7478  Email: acwest@aphis.usda.gov

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!

Slow Motion Big Cats

http://youtu.be/ztikTbgW0rc

Big Cats in Slow Motion … Watching this footage of tigers, lions, leopards and more in slow motion makes you really appreciate their beauty, agility and power!

Give the Purrr-fect Valentine’s Gift

Wild Thing Gift SetShow your sweetheart how much you love them and the big cats with the purr-fect gift. Order by February 7th and get a Wild Thing Gift Set just in time for Valentine’s Day.  For $25 you will receive a Wild Thing Gift Set which includes a beautiful glossy color Valentine photo of Cameron the lion and a cuddly soft big cat plush toy.

Didn’t order in time or worried this gift will not arrive by Valentine’s Day?  No need to fret.  You can order a digital version of the Cameron Valentine photo that you can download and print yourself for just $15.

Either option is a great way to share the love this Valentine’s Day with a unique gift that benefits the big cats. Click to order the WILD THING GIFT SET or the LION VALENTINE DOWNLOAD


The AdvoCat 2012 12

Happy Holidays from Big Cat Rescue!

 

Get wild with the 2013 Big Cat Rescue Calendar. Features lions, tigers, leopards, and more. Standard size. This item is in stock and ready to ship!  http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-1312/2013-BCR-Calendar/Detail      

Free Big Cat Holiday Fun Stuff

 

Visit our Big Cat Fun website that has free Holiday games, crafts and goodies for your family to enjoy.

http://www.bigcatfun.com/christmas.html

At the top of that page you will find links to our thousands of FREE big cat themed e cards too!

 

Great American Teach In

 

The Great American Teach-In took place on November 14 & 15, 2012. This is a great event in which people from all different types of professions visit schools to teach the students about what they do. This year, Big Cat Rescue attended a record 29 schools for the Great American Teach-In! We went to elementary, middle, and high schools all around the Tampa Bay area, and had a grrrr-eat time! Thank you to the Big Cat Rescue volunteer teachers who shared the magic of BCR with the kids.

 

Dr Michael Peak the Pet Dentist of Tampa Bay Treats Tigers

 

Dr Michael Peak, who is known as THE Pet Dentist in Tampabay, came to complete the root canals Big Cat Rescue started a long time ago on Andre Tiger and to do two root canals on his brother, Arthur Tiger.

See some great photos and find out who helped and more here:

http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-9-2012-tiger-dental/

 

 

Canyon Sandcat Gets Sand & Goes to the Vet

 

http://youtu.be/yFN9PpK9fvg

 

Canyon Sandcat was reported to have an ingrown nail and was limping so he went in for an exam by Dr Wynn. Turned out that it’s nothing big, just a little stiff in left arm, so he is on pain killers and anti inflammatory meds for a few days.  Meanwhile he can chill on his new beach.

 

51 Million Views and Soaring!

 

Thanks to a partnership with Revision3.com that our videographer, Chris Poole, suggested we pursue, Big Cat Rescue is being promoted by Discovery and Animal Planet. This should really boost our exposure and it gives us the right to use Discovery’s huge vault of video in our production and an enormous music library as well for our videos.  If you loved our videos before, just imagine what it would be like to have every week be Big Cat Week!

Big Cat Rescue will be posting a new video every week, so if you are not a subscriber, please be sure to go to the link and Subscribe now so that you never miss an episode.  http://www.youtube.com/BigCatRescue

Big Cat Rescue is sharing this wonderful opportunity with sanctuaries that are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal sanctuaries by sending our videographer to film their great work and turn it into memorable videos they can use to promote themselves and that we will share with our supporters.

 

Do you Buy Pet Food, Treats or Toys?

 

Chewy LogoIf you do there is a way to order online and benefit Big Cat Rescue at the same time:

http://bigcatrescue.org/buy-cat-products-online-to-benefit-charity/

 

 

Top 5 Most Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation

 

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. We encourage you to take one small action today and reach out via phone or email to contact 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 CORRECTION ON EMAIL ADDRESS Last month we told you about Discovery United Methodist Church (Richmond, Virginia) and the church’s pastor Jim Lavender, who owns more than two dozen exotic animals, including a lion and a white tiger. He uses big cats as part of his ministry and travels with them around the country, sending the WRONG message that big cats are his to use however he wants. Unfortunately,
Phone: (804) 360-4442, ext 31. Email: drjim7772003@yahoo.comwe listed an incorrect email address for Lavender. Please email him and let him know big cats should not be exploited as entertainment or used as props for his ministry.

 



No. 2 The Today Show, which airs nationally each morning on NBC, has once again promoted baby big cats on its program. Repeatedly exhibiting cubs on the show sends the completely wrong message – that they are cute and cuddly and make good pets. In the case of this most recent appearance on December 7th, we believe the cubs come from a breeder with a long history of numerous USDA violations. Please speak up for the cubs and let the Today Show know you do NOT want to see cubs or big cats on their program ever again. Contact them at: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29041920/ns/today/#.UMcyNJPjl1M

  

 

No. 3 Believe it or not, Pope Benedict XVI (Vatican City) was photographed petting a lion cub on December 1 in Vatican City when a circus came to town for a papal performance. The photo of the cub that appeared in the National Post clearly shows the cub’s nose is badly scarred and missing fur. This is an easily detectable sign that the cub is not being treated humanely by its owner. Kindly help us educate the Pope that his seemingly innocent action of touching this lion cub may just be a fleeting moment to the Pope but is likely to be a lifetime of abuse and inhumane treatment for the cub. Phone: +390669881022. Email: av@pccs.va

  

 

No. 4 Xtreme Entertainment Party Rentals (Orlando, Florida) offers a wide range of party rentals, including their “Large Exotic Animal Encounter” package where people can “rent” a lion, tiger, panther or other exotic animals for events and parties. They also offer an “Exotic Animal Show.” The company’s website states “our vendor is a reputable animal owner” and the rentals are great for “schools, churches and corporate events.” Please let Xtreme know the public does not condone people using exotic cats as entertainment and profiting from their misery. Phone: (407) 284-1635. Contact them: http://www.party-rentals-orlando.com/contact_us.php

  

 

No. 5  Update 12/19/12 Thanks to YOU, AJA Channelside has agreed not to have live wild animals at any of their clubs!  Yay!  Back in September AJA Channelside http://www.facebook.com/ajachannelside had live tigers in tiny circus wagons for drunken patrons to torment in their bar.  The tigers were provided by this animal exploiter Vernon Yates http://911animalabuse.com/2011/09/11/wildlife-rescue-and-rehab/.

 

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!

 

Happy Holidays Singing Tiger

 

http://youtu.be/Fv_XPI4buBk

  

 Thanks Jack at PetPhotoFun.com for making this cute video for us to share with our wonderful supporters.