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We usually try to give you some fun stuff before asking you to take action, but cubs, kittens and cats just can’t wait!

 

Top Shocking Incidents

of Big Cat Exploitation – July 2015

 

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 contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org

DCWT tiger cub swim with cubs

No. 1 WFLA News Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in Tampa, Florida, is ONCE AGAIN promoting the exploitation of tiger cubs at a nearby roadside zoo called Dade City’s Wild Things. The television station’s Facebook post (pictured here) and the piece that aired repeatedly on their news programs are basically advertisements for this deplorable backyard zoo with numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act going back years! How in the world can this station consider this “news?”

Please politely reach out to WFLA’s management and ask them to STOP promoting and encouraging tiger and lion cub exploitation at Dade City’s Wild Things. Email management and the news desk here:

General Manager Andy Alford aalford@wfla.com

Vice President of News William Berra bberra@wfla.com

Digital Content Manager Jason Clough jclough@wfla.com

News Desk news@wfla.com

Call the station at (813) 221-5788

 

cheetah in church

No. 2 The United Methodist Church in Sanger, California recently brought in an adult cheetah to “entertain” the children attending their vacation bible school. According to a newspaper article in the Sanger Herald, “the theme of the church’s summer program was “Circus of Faith.” I swear we didn’t make that up. The article also claims the cheetah “was a little stressed” being in a church surrounded by over 100 people. Big Cat Rescue believes both the newspaper reporter and the church would benefit from becoming educated about big cats and learning that they should NOT be used and exploited for entertainment. Would you please politely reach out to the church and also the Sanger Herald?

Read the article in the Sanger Herald:

http://thesangerherald.com/articles/2015/07/23/lifestyles/doc55b0ecc0e584a095834459.txt

Email the church at sangermethodist@verizon.net

Post a comment on the church’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sanger.church

Email the Sanger Herald at sangerherald@gmail.com

 

lions at Alabama U

No. 3 The University of North Alabama has two adult lions living on campus. The school has kept lions for over 40 years! The current “mascot” lions have lived at the college since 2002. It’s time that the school – which has just hired Dr. Ken Kitts as its new president — becomes more forward thinking and commits to ending this ridiculous “tradition” when these two lions pass. A recent local newspaper article claims the lions “inspire school spirit.” We believe the lions inspire impressionable college students to incorrectly believe big cats can be used for entertainment, exploited by humans and make good pets. Please politely contact the school and let President Kitts know animal lovers would like to see this tradition end. Ask him to not acquire new lions once the current 13-year-old pair pass on.

Contact UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts via email at kkitts@una.edu or via Twitter at @ken_kitts

 

Anasazi the bobcat at Big Cat Rescue

No.4 Wild bobcats in California need your help! Most people don’t realize it is still legal in California to hunt bobcats. The California Fish & Game Commission will be voting on August 5 on a bill that would BAN bobcat trapping state-wide. Right now, trappers set up their traps on private property and stalk the Internet for people posting where bobcats were seen in California. Trappers get $600-$1000 for bobcat pelts.

California bobcats, once trapped, are shot in the head and skinned for their fur, which is then sold and sent to China, Russia and Europe, where demand has sadly increased. Please help bobcats by contacting the Fish & Game Commission. Say you Support Option #2 – a “Complete Ban” on bobcat trapping!!

Email: fgc@fgc.ca.gov

Twitter: @CaliforniaDFW @JerryBrownGov

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No. 5 Domestic cats and kittens need your help! USDA is currently accepting comments regarding a petition asking USDA to require laboratories that experiment and conduct “research” on cats and other animals to provide specific information about how they are using the animals. Big Cat Rescue believes if more people become aware of the horrific abuse and torture cats are enduring, the public will no longer support such labs.

Please submit your comments IN FAVOR of AMENDING THE ANIMAL WELFARE REGULATIONS TO REQUIRE LABS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT HOW THEY ARE USING ANIMALS here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0033

The deadline to submit a comment is Aug. 24, 2015.

No. 6  Cecil the lion was allegedly lured out of the refuge where he had been a celebrity, of sorts, with tourist to be shot with a bow and arrow and then killed after languishing for 40 hours.  You can read more about this tragedy here:  http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/07/cecil-lion-killed-by-trophy-hunter.html?credit=blog_post_072915_idhome-page

But What Can YOU Do About It?

You can ask the USFWS to list the lion as endangered.  They have been disregarding our proposal from 2011 for 4 years now and it cost Cecil his life.  https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6653&s_src=blog_post_072915_idhome-page

Happy International Tiger Day

 

Feel free to use our banners on your Facebook page to show your love of tigers on their special day.

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Big Cat Videos Since Last Month

 

Four Bobcat Kittens at Big Cat Rescue

Have you “met” Phoenix, Captiva, Rain and Dancer the tiny bobcat kittens yet?  The cuteness factor is almost too much to bear.  Their stories started off sad, but they are well on their way to living free, the way bobcats are meant to live.  Check in on their progress here…

 

Saving Jaguars in Belize

Two wild jaguars, named Lady Hill and Mistletoe, were deemed nuisance cats because they came into very close proximity to where people reside.  In order to spare their lives they were trapped and taken to the Belize Zoo which is a sanctuary for native wildlife that can not be released back into the wild. This zoo does not buy, breed or sell their cats.  Had these two jaguars not been removed, they would have been terminated by the government.  Find out more at SAVEJAGS

 

Small Cat Fun Area Starts to Take Shape

We now have the bottom row of wire up on the East and most of the North sides of the cage, but there will be two more rows of wire atop this one, as this is only 5 feet high. It is the basis of setting the shape of the cage to be sure we have enough curves to keep it strong in a hurricane. It rains every day, but we do strive to make progress on the Small Cat Fun cage every day. Most of the work up until now has been the sort of thing that hasn’t been very interesting, for the purpose of follow up stories, but now you can actually see the progress.  See how it is coming along…

 

Our work is hard, but helping us do it shouldn’t be

GoodWorld is the first donation solution to work seamlessly on Facebook.  It also works on Twitter.

Big Cat Rescue signed up with GoodWorld so that when we need the help of our social supporters we can just ask them to go to the comments section, in Facebook and write #donate and the dollar amount they want to give.  See how easy it is here…

 

NEW BOOK – The Dunking

 

The DunkingMany of you still mention to events of the day that Shere Khan dunked China Doll and she punished him by not letting him get out of the lake. You have
asked us to make it into a book and FINALLY it is done.

The book has the full story illustrated by 140 color photos of that funny afternoon.

Book Description: Two tigers, plus two big red balls, plus a lake equals one tiger dunking another, getting in trouble and being banished from land. Will the tiger friends make-up?

Beautifully illustrated with over 140 color photographs of two tigers named China Doll and Shere Khan.

Book Links:
1)n iBook on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-dunking/id1023689842?ls=1&mt=11

2) Kindle Book on Amazon: Coming soon

3) PDF If you prefer to view the storybook as a PDF email
lawanna.mitchell@BigCatRescue.org for the download link.

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A Tale of Two Orphaned Bobcat Kittens

There are two more mouths to feed at Big Cat Rescue! Phoenix and Captiva are two little Florida bobcat kittens who both lost their moms recently. Click Read More to find out what we are doing to return these bobcats to their rightful home in the wild.  Read More

Got Assets?  Want to Make a Difference?

In addition to money donations, we are now able to accept vehicle donations, jewelry, latest-model electronics and smartphones, gift cards, stock, and much more! The proceeds from your donations will go towards caring for the big cats we rescue, saving them from the abuse of captivity and saving them in the wild.

Donate

Wildcat Walkabout Funds Lion Conservation

On Father’s Day we opened our sanctuary to a sell out crowd of 550 people.  The money we make on these once-a-year events goes directly to protecting wild cats in the wild.  This year we were able to raise over $6,000 to protect lions.  You can still be involved by purchasing a commemorative tee HERE.  The profits will be donated to cats in the wild.

Get Tee

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Big Cat Rescue Fights for Florida Panther

On June 23-24th the Florida Wildlife Commission allowed public comment on their intent to open up bear hunting and their proposal to give up on the Florida Panther.  Big Cat Rescue gave testimony and spoke to the press.  Read more:  http://bigcatrescue.org/why-is-the-fwc-giving-up-on-the-florida-panther/

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Great Videos Since the Last AdvoCat

 

Do You Even Know How Powerful You Are?

 

Bengali Tiger SnarlWhen I checked in to speak for the Florida Panther at the FWC meeting last week, the agent at the desk said, “I saw you posted about this on Facebook.  How many of your million fans are you expecting to show up today?”  He was clearly worried because our numbers have made us an unstoppable force.

When you Like, comment, and share our social posts it is the same as asking Facebook to show the post in more peoples’ feeds, which in turn helps get the cats’ message out to more people. Even sharing a fun photo helps boost our overall reach, which means that when an important alert or educational post goes out, even more people will see it.  Facebook scores us and rewards us with a higher reach when our posts consistently get more likes, comments, and shares.

Video Zabu White Tiger DolphinI see a lot of you help newcomers by answering their questions and giving them links to our main website to back it up.  You can’t imagine how many times a day I see something like that and smile.  Just remember that many people just don’t know the facts about animal cruelty, so be patient and kind in your encounters, so that they want to be part of our community.

Another huge way to help big cats is to always be on the look out for opportunities to comment on news stories about exotic cats.  Even if you don’t have a Facebook page you can create accounts on the news sites to post your comments.

 

 

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – June 2015

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 contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

 

white tiger abuseNo. 1  We were contacted recently by a South Korean journalist and animal activist who informed us that a huge amusement park run by Samsung (yes THAT Samsung) in South Korea called Everland Resort breeds and exploits white tigers. Their website also shows a number of other big cats. He tells Big Cat Rescue that the park “breeds white tigers constantly for their White Tiger Safari.” Please think twice about purchasing Samsung products. Please also politely let Everland Resorts know that here in the United Sates, the American Zoological Association (AZA) has banned the breeding of white tigers and white lions by their member zoos. Ask Everland Resorts to follow suit and STOP breeding white tigers.

Learn more about white tigers on our website: http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/

Send Everland Resort an email at this link: http://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/customer/qna.html

Comment on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/witheverland

 

sad kittenNo. 2  Domestic cats and kittens need your help! USDA is currently accepting comments regarding a petition asking USDA to require laboratories that experiment and conduct “research” on cats and other animals to provide specific information about how they are using the animals. Big Cat Rescue believes if more people become aware of the horrific abuse and torture cats are enduring, the public will no longer support such labs.

Please submit your comments IN FAVOR of AMENDING THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT TO REQUIRE LABS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT HOW THEY ARE USING ANIMALS here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0033

The deadline to submit a comment is Aug. 24, 2015.

 

Lion CBS The ZooNo. 3  A new CBS television series called Zoo is debuting this month. Please do NOT watch this program. Real animals – including lions – were “rented” and used for most of the filming. Ironically, the premise of the show is about animals killing humans as revenge for the way we’ve treated them!

These days it is easy for television and movie productions to use computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of real wild cats. Please email David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, and let him know that animal lovers do not want to see wild cats exploited in the name of entertainment. Tell him you will boycott the show until they replace the animals with CGI technology.

Email David Stapf at dstapf@cbs.com

Comment on the Zoo Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ZooCBS

 

lionNo. 4 Lions being hunted for trophies in Africa need your help! Ask Delta Airlines to join the growing list of international airlines that will no longer transport lion, tiger, elephant and rhino hunting trophies.

In just the last few weeks, several international airlines including South Africa Airways (SAA) and Emirates SkyCargo have banned the transport of endangered wildlife on flights out of Africa. This is a huge breakthrough in the international effort to stop both the canned hunting of captive-bred lions and the illegal slaughter of wild big cats in Africa!

Now it is Delta Airline’s turn to ban the transport of wild animal trophies. Delta Airlines is a major carrier with direct routes from South Africa to the United States. Trophy hunters from the United States are a major contributor to the loss of our precious wild cats in Africa. Please add your name to the pre-written form here and ask Delta to follow suit and show compassion for the wild animals of Africa: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14031

 

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Ooops! If you came here to take action for tigers and cougars, please go to:

http://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-2016-01/ and scroll to the bottom.  Sorry for the using the wrong link in the January AdvoCat.

The May AdvoCat Mewsletter

Joseph Lion Joker

By the time you get the next AdvoCat Newsletter we hope to be able to announce that the Big Cats and Public Safety Act has been reintroduced.  This bill will ban the private possession of big cats and end 99% of the suffering.  People who have these animals will be allowed to keep them, but they cannot buy or breed more.  As soon as our sponsor launches the bill we will be asking you to make this session of Congress the one that ends big cat abuse in captivity and thus will help save tigers from extinction in the wild.

When is the next big cat rescue?

A couple years, and a hundred big cats later, some pseudo sanctuaries realize that they can’t rescue their way out of the problem. A rescue brings in money up until the day the cat gets to the sanctuary. After that most donors and volunteers are usually looking for the next “feel good” event where they can rescue a big cat. This lack of planning for the long term quickly reaches a tipping point. The animals already rescued begin to go without vet care, regular meals, and their cage space is filled with more and more big cats, often causing injuries and death. Before long the pseudo sanctuary is calling around the country looking for someone to take all of their “rescues” off their hands. But there is no place for them to go.  Click Read More to find out what we are doing so that our cats have forever homes.  Read More

Wildcat Walk About and Commemorative Tee

Wildcat Walkabout TeeJoin us on Father’s Day (Sunday June 21, 2015 from noon till 3) as we open the doors to our sanctuary for an afternoon of good food and up close views of our furriest friends.  This is a once a year chance to just wander through the sanctuary at your own pace spending as much time as you like at each enclosure for up to three hours for only $10/person (father’s accompanied by a family member get in free).  Proceeds of the day will go to support projects proven to help preserve lions in Africa from extinction.  Get tickets now:  https://www.zerve.com/BigCatRescue/Safari  (We sell out every year)

Order commemorative tee here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/shirt-wildcat-walkabout

Some Grrrreat Videos Since Last Month

Got Assets?

donate stocksIn addition to money donations, we are now able to accept vehicle donations, jewelry, latest-model electronics and smartphones, gift cards, stock, and much more! The proceeds from your donations will go towards caring for the big cats we rescue, saving them from the abuse of captivity and saving them in the wild.  http://bigcatrescue.org/donate-stocks/

 

Goodbyes to Our Good Friends

Simba-Leopard_7487GoodbyeThe saddest part of our work is all of the animals we cannot save and saying goodbye at the end of the lives of those we have.  Click on their names to read about their lives and their tributes.

Simba Leopard age 20

Nico Geoffroy Cat age 22

Arizona Serval age 25

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – May 2015

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 contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

No. 1 Lions being hunted for trophies in Africa need your help! Ask Delta Airlines to join the growing list of international airlines that will no longer transport lion, tiger, elephant and rhino hunting trophies.

In just the last few weeks, both South Africa Airways (SAA) and Emirates SkyCargo have banned the transport of endangered wildlife on flights out of Africa. This is a huge breakthrough in the international effort to stop both the canned hunting of captive-bred lions and the illegal slaughter of wild big cats in Africa!

Now it is Delta Airline’s turn to ban the transport of wild animal trophies. Delta Airlines is a major carrier with direct routes from South Africa to the United States. Trophy hunters from the United States are a major contributor to the loss of our precious wild cats in Africa. Please add your name to the pre-written form here and ask Delta to follow suit and show compassion for the wild animals of Africa:

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14031

 

Lion used in the CBS television series Zoo.

Lion CBS The Zoo

No. 2 A new CBS television series will debut in June called Zoo. Real animals – including lions – were “rented” and used for most of the filming. Ironically, the premise of the show is about animals killing humans as revenge for the way we’ve treated them!

These days it is easy for television and movie productions to use computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of real wild cats. Please email David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, and let him know that animal lovers do not want to see wild cats exploited in the name of entertainment. Tell him you will boycott the show until they replace the animals with CGI technology.

Email David Stapf at dstapf@cbs.com

Comment on the Zoo Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ZooCBS

Kellen Lutz Lion Cub Abuse

No. 3 Actor Kellen Lutz recently posed with lion cubs and posted this picture on his Facebook page. He is at a facility in Mexico that boasts of not neutering the cats it has supposedly rescued and letting most live together. A TRUE rescue organization would never purposely allow wild cats to breed. Kellen probably didn’t realize what his actions were condoning. Please politely post a comment on his Facebook page.

Post on Kellen’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KellanLutz?fref=ts

Khloe Kardashian Tiger Cub Abuse

No. 4 Reality actress Khloe Kardashian posed with a tiger cub in Dubai yesterday and posted this picture on her Facebook page. Of course posing with a baby tiger will generate interest, but celebrities like Khloe usually don’t realize the harm they are doing by promoting the breeding and exploitation of captive cubs. Please comment on Khloe’s Facebook page that you don’t like this. Learn more about cub petting and photo schemes here: http://bigcatrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/FactsheetBigCatsHandling_rev.1.pdf

Post on Khloe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KhloeKardashian?fref=ts

Cubs Abused at Colossalcon

No. 5 Once again the annual June anime convention called Colossalcon at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio will exploit tiger and lion cubs. Event organizers are charging attendees $175 for a “shared 30-minute hands-on session with a baby cat.” The sessions have already sold out.

How many exhausted cubs will be handled, deprived of sleep and gawked at during the 4-day event? How many will get sick? How many will cry out for the mothers they were torn away from?

Can we count on you to speak up for these cubs? Click here to fill out our easy, pre-written email to Colossalcon organizers and the Kalahari Resort:

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13822

Check out the Big Cat Times

Here is a link to the quarterly print newsletter called the Big Cat Times where you can find more stories about the cats at the sanctuary and work we are doing to save them in the wild.  http://bigcatrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BCT-2015-2.pdf

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AdvoCat News for April 2015

Saving big cats from Mexican circus life!

Thanks to the efforts of donors, Vanessa and her husband Omar, Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Antonio Franyuti, Founder of Animal Heroes, and Lourdes Lopes, Federal Deputy for the Green Party PVEM, entered into a Declaration that we would work together find and build sanctuaries to care for the big cats who have been banned from being used in public exhibition.

MexicoConf

Find out all about it here: http://bigcatrescue.org/mexico-sanctuary-conference/

 

Jumpstart Your Generosity

iDonateCarYour car donation could do BIG things!  Big Cat Rescue is now able to accept noncash donations, including vehicles. We are hopeful that donated vehicles will help us make a difference as we end the trade in big cats. Car donations have an average value of over $1,600! That type of donation can make a BIG impact.  Check it out at: bigcatrescue.org/donate-cars-to-save-big-cats/

 

 

Wildcat Walkabout

Wildcat WalkaboutJoin us on Father’s Day (Sunday June 21, 2015 from noon till 3) as we open the doors to our sanctuary for an afternoon of good food and up close views of our furriest friends.  This is a once a year chance to just wander through the sanctuary at your own pace spending as much time as you like at each enclosure for up to three hours for only $10/person (father’s accompanied by a family member get in free).  Proceeds of the day will go to support projects proven to help preserve lions in Africa from extinction.  Get tickets at: http://bigcatrescue.org/safari-days/

 

Help Big Cat Rescue Win!

Give Day Tampa Bay AnimalsThinking of donating to Big Cat Rescue? If you donate $25 or more on May 5 (between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.), your much-appreciated donation could help us win HUGE cash prizes – between $5,000 and $12,500 – during the second annual Give Day Tampa Bay fundraising event!!  Even if you can’t donate, please share our posts that day to help.  Make your tax-deductible gift to Big Cat Rescue by credit or debit card here:  https://givedaytampabay.org/#npo/big-cat-rescue

 

Who Are You?

Who Are YouIf we have your contact info wrong, then we can’t send you the right messages for your area when you can help save big cats.  Please make sure to use your correct address when responding to alerts so that we only send you the ones you can take action on.

 

 

Goodbyes to Our Good Friends

bobcats CherokeeThe saddest part of our work is all of the animals we cannot save and saying goodbye at the end of the lives of those we have.  Click on their names to read about their lives and their tributes.

Cherokee Bobcat

Sierra Bobcat

Serengeti Serval

 

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – April 2015

 

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 contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

Cubs Abused at Colossalcon
No 1. Once again the annual anime convention called Colossalcon at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio will exploit tiger and lion cubs. Event organizers are charging attendees $175 for a “shared 30-minute hands-on session with a baby cat.”  The sessions have already sold out.
How many exhausted cubs will be handled, deprived of sleep and gawked at during the 4-day event? How many will get sick?  How many will cry out for the mothers they were torn away from?
Can we count on you to speak up for these cubs? Click here to fill out our easy, pre-written email to Colossalcon organizers and the Kalahari Resort:

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13822

 

Top 5 Abuse Shaq

No. 2 Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neil (pictured above) recently posted pictures of himself holding tiger cubs on his Facebook page. It is always disappointing to see captive cubs being exploited as entertainment, but even more so when the person holding the cubs is famous and has millions of fans watching his or her every move.

Please politely comment on his Facebook page to let Shaq know there are also millions of big cat lovers who don’t want to see this: https://www.facebook.com/shaq?fref=ts
Top5KateWalshNo. 3 We were so disappointed to see actress Kate Walsh, who has even attended our Fur Ball in the past, plastering pictures all over her Facebook page lately holding lion and tiger cubs. What happened, Kate? Please politely comment on Walsh’s Facebook page that it is irresponsible to inhumane to pose for pictures with big cat cubs.
Want to learn more about what we believe this is cruel and abusive? Read more here:
http://bigcatrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/FactsheetBigCatsHandling_rev.1.pdf

Post comments here: https://www.facebook.com/walshkate?fref=ts

 

Using baby bottle to dominate tigerNo 4.  The Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon will be hosting a magic act that features and exploits tigers. The center’s Facebook page (photo above) claims that a portion of the VIP tickets sold goes toward big cat conservation. Several people have commented on the Center’s Facebook page educating the Center about the abuse and exploitation of tigers used in entertainment acts. The Center responded that they “will be reviewing our practices around booking shows with live animal” and asking for feedback.

Please email Hult Center and give polite feedback that you would like to see them institute a “no live animals policy at their facility.” Contact Hult Center at hultcenter@ci.eugene.or.us

Comment on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HultCenterArts?fref=ts
No 5. Last week the Kings County News (Canada) published a puff piece about a local roadside zoo called Oaklawn Farm Zoo reopening for the summer. Reporter Ashley Thompson gushed about the owners’ love for their animals and their captive breeding of lion cubs. She even writes about “last year’s lion cub Obi.” Please help us politely educate Thompson that these wild cats should not be bred and exhibited for public entertainment.

Read the article here: http://www.kingscountynews.ca/News/Local/2015-04-23/article-4122293/Oaklawn-Farm-Zoo-ready-to-open/1

Contact Ashley Thompson at athompson@kingscountynews.ca

 

 

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Safari Days at Big Cat Rescue

ticketsDear Big Cat Rescuer,

If you loved the March for Lions event last year, you will really love Safari Days!  Once a year we will host a reduced price day for all ages where you can come and get an overview of the sanctuary.  The money from these events will be donated to protecting exotic cats in the wild…where they belong!  We sold out quickly last year so be sure to get your tickets now for Sunday, Father’s Day June 21, 2015 from noon till 3PM.  Tickets are $10 per person, and a paid person can bring their father for free.

Get your tickets now!  https://www.zerve.com/BigCatRescue/Safari

 

What’s in Your Closet…or Garage…or Yard?

https://vimeo.com/103335490

Some Grrrreat Videos Since Last Month

Sad Goodbye to Four Beloved Cats

Since the last AdvoCat newsletter went out we have had to say a sorrowful goodbye to four of our beloved feline family members.  Alexander Bobcat age 21, Natasha the Siberian Lynx age 21, Reno the Leopard age 20, and Cybil Serval age 19. Click on the links to read their stories and tributes.

Blood of the Tiger

blood-of-the-tiger-millsReview by Big Cat Rescue’s Howard Baskin:

“This is the best nonfiction book I have ever read – could not put it down. The fact that Mills spend decades working at all levels of the effort to save the tiger from going extinct – from the highest levels of diplomacy to on the ground undercover investigation – and can give us the REAL story of what goes on behind the scenes and the politics that can so impair the effectiveness of the efforts gives us an insight we cannot get from any other source. The private conversations and meetings she was privy to takes us deep into truly understanding what is happening in the efforts of the West and India and many other countries to keep the tiger from going extinct in the wild, and the long term strategy of patience and deception employed by China to thwart these efforts. It also reveals the way the rampant breeding of tigers kept in horrible conditions in the US impairs the credibilty of our State Department in its efforts to urge banning the international trade in tiger parts that is driving the poaching that has decimated the tiger population. A must read for anyone who cares about the impending extinction of one of the earth’s most majestic animals.” –Howard Baskin

What other professionals say about the Blood of the Tiger:

“What an extraordinary, must-read book for anyone interested in international wildlife policy! From her seat at the center of it all, J. A. Mills has pulled back the curtain on the global effort to save the tiger and in doing so has given the world a primer for any effort to save the world’s iconic species: tigers, elephants, rhinos, whales, and more. Endangered species need accountability. Blood of the Tiger makes those who got us here accountable.”
—Bryan Christy, director of special investigations at National Geographic and author of The Lizard King

“Personal, engaging, shocking, informative. J. A. Mills exposes the dark secrets of the tiger trade and bares her soul, her passion, and her determination to bring about change. I believe there is still hope for wild tigers. Blood of the Tiger is real and raw, intelligent and compelling, and in the final analysis, a story that must not be ignored.”
—Will Travers, OBE, president of the Born Free Foundation

Get it in print, digital or audio book form here:  http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Tiger-Conspiracy-Magnificent-Species/dp/0807074969

Meet Some Paw-some Volunteers

If you like unique tattoos, check out Matt’s cats here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-chat-70/

Tigers 4 Tigers Awareness Marathon

Tigers for Tigers is a national coalition that represents students of schools with tiger mascots. There are 56 United States university tiger mascots – that’s 450,000 students being represented! The organization formed at Clemson University in South Carolina in April 2013 and has since grown to include schools all across the nation. Carole Baskin spoke at this event alongside the late, great, Ron Tilson.

Tigers4TigersMarathon

Big Cat Rescue’s Legislative Intern, J.J. will be representing us at the Clemson Chapter in South Carolina 5K Run for the Tiger on Saturday April 11th. It’s an annual event they have for Big Cat welfare and awareness and we will be providing tees for the winners.  Photo above is for another marathon run by RIT Tigers4Tigers.  Connect with Tigers4Tigers.

Mickey Cougar Surgery Update

Mickey-Cougar-ACL-2015-1When we rescued Mickey the cougar, he could barely walk because the ACLs in both back knees were torn and had been left untreated for over a year.  He was also literally starving to death and in no shape to be sedated for hours of surgery.  We stabilized him and had the first surgery done last year and then he needed several months to heal and regain the muscle in his legs, before we could attempt the second surgery.  Read about that most recent surgery and see how Mickey is doing here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/mickey-cougar-surgery-update/

Give Day Tampa Bay

Give Day Tampa Bay is a contest where thousands of dollars in prizes are awarded based on how many donors participate and how many dollars are raised on that day, May 5. Thanks to all of you, last year Big Cat Rescue won $22,000 in prizes, more than any other nonprofit, including some much larger ones.

Because many of the prizes are based on how many donors participate, even small donations are a huge help. This year we will be competing again on May 5 for just 24 hours of fundraising and we are hoping with your help to triumph again. Of course, we will be promoting this on Facebook the day before and that day. But a great way to be sure to participate is to sign up online in advance and make a pledge and the organizers will send an email reminding you.

The site to do that is : https://www.givedaytampabay.org/ To donate by check your check MUST be dated May 5, 2015 and received by us before May 5th. Thanks for making us the overall winner last year and for you support this year to do it again!

Animal Care Expo 2015

Join 2,000 animal care experts, and meet our Director of Outreach, Jennifer Leon, to learn new skills and strategies to find pets homes, keep pets in homes, engage your community, humanely manage cat populations, and more. Expo 2015 is sure to be extra special as we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing efforts to make disaster preparedness for animals a key priority. Get ready to recharge your passion for saving animals!  http://www.animalsheltering.org/training-events/expo/

March 30-April 2, 2015
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

Read updates about Animal Care Expo Part I and Animal Care Expo Part II

Reminder of New Tour Times

Big Cat Rescue is making major changes to better focus our energy on saving the most big cats possible.  This includes huge changes to our Education Program and Tours, so check out the new tour times and prices here: http://bigcatrescue.org/visit-the-big-cats/  Our goal is to end the trade in exotic cats as pets, props and for their parts.  These changes will help us reach that goal along with your continued support.

 

Please share this AdvoCat newsletter with your friends and family.  Thank you from Carole and the Cats!

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

…and AdvoCat MewsLetter

Valentine's Day Coupon

New Store is a Much Better Shopping Experience

 

Find out why people who are shopping in our new online store are loving it!  We’ve had an online store since the beginning of online stores, but as soon as this one launched last week our sales went through the roof. Check it out to see how much easier it is to find the purr-fect gift for others or yourself and how easy it is to check out.  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so you will want to make sure your order is placed in time for that grrrreat gift to arrive.

Give a wild gift this Valentines Day to your sweetheart that will make them roar with gr-r-ratitude!

Coupon Code: BIGCATLUV15 is good for 15% off orders totaling $50 or more. Offer valid 1/28/15 – 2/9/15. Offer only good for first 100 customers to use the coupon code.

We also have these Valentine’s Day products in the shop http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/search?q=valentine

 

Big Cat Updates

 

Ariel Bobcat Has Been Approved for Longterm Care

The Florida Wildlife Commission agreed to let Ariel stay at Big Cat Rescue in January 2015. Now we will begin working on gaining her trust and making her a part of our happy wild cat clan.  http://bigcatrescue.org/ariel/

 

Nikita Tiger has Passed On

Nakita Tiger had been on the observation chart since last March for wheezing. For a long time, he only did it when he was super excited at dinner time, but gradually wheezed more with less activity.  We have tried everything possible to help him, but nothing has helped.

He was too large for any of the local X-ray machines and too sickly to make a 5 hour round trip to Gainesville.  As soon as the new X-ray machine was operational and registered he was X-rayed, and blood drawn and Dr. Wynn and Dr. Justin took another look at his laryngeal folds, which were totally paralyzed. His kidneys were completely shot and had the worst kidney stones I have ever seen. His lungs were in very poor shape. He was crippled from his arthritis. He had refused most food for the past 5 days. Euthanasia was clearly the most humane option for him.

 

Zeus and Keisha Tigers Introduced

Zeus and Keisha Tigers

Zeus and Keisha are inbred.  Zeus was bred to his own mother to produce Keisha.  This unhealthy and unnatural inbreeding is unfortunately common among private breeders.  They lived next to each other at the awful place in NY that they came from, and have lived next to each other since they arrived here. We noticed that when we separated them to give them each a turn in hte big vacation rotation enclosure, they called back and forth to each other repeatedly across many acres.  We decided then that we would neuter Zeus and try to introduce them to live together. That way they can vacation together too.  See the photos of this introduction here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/tiger-friends/

 

Alachua Bobcat has Passed On

Alachua Bob was taken to Ehrlich Animal Hospital to see Dr. Wynn. He had been eating very little for the past few days. Blood work showed that he had high elevations in his kidney values, as well as a high white blood cell count which would indicate either infection or cancer. He had ulcers in his mouth caused by renal failure, as well as stomach ulcers. In addition his pelvic canal had healed narrowly from being hit by a car before he first came to BCR and had arthritic changes that were leading to him being very constipated. With all of these factors stacked up against him and the fact that we think he was 27 years old, euthanasia was the kindest option for him.  When he arrived here in 2003 he already had the teeth of a very old cat and was nearly blind with cataracts.

 

Simba Leopard Recovering After Amputation

On the day after Christmas, Simba, our 20 year old leopard, bit off the end of his tail. We didn’t see it happen, but he was fine at 9 am and by 9:30 am he was missing more than 6 inches of his tail. There was no sign of a struggle at any edge of the cage, and there had been keepers in the area, so we were dumbfounded.  Find out what happened next:  http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-mri/

See photos of the cats getting K-Laser therapy, loading Simba for the MRI trip, big cats getting Christmas Trees and more here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/now-at-big-cat-rescue-new-years-eve-2014/

 

 

Sanctuary Updates

 

Small Cat Vacation Rotation

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you we have raised enough funds to build the small cat vacation rotation enclosure.  The issue now is cage design.  Current Floriday Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) caging rules require a roof for small cats.  However, the FWC is currently reviewing their caging rules and taking public comment and you can help.

We believe that the style of cage we built for the large cats would be far more than adequate to contain small cats.  The cage is over 14 feet tall with an additional 5 foot cantelever and a one foot drape at the end.  It would have the wonderful advantage of letting the small cats see the open sky instead of viewing it through cage wire.

The FWC is taking submissions from the public about changes that should be made in Florida’s wildlife rules from now until May.  We will wait until the new rules are finalized bevore building the new vacation enclosure in hopes that the FWC will approve the style we built for the large cats.

Here is how you can help:

Go to this link http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/salsa/web/blog/public/?blog_KEY=31  You don’t have to be from Florida or even the U.S.

In the body of the message, please add this language:  

In addition to ending cub handling, I’d like the FWC to adopt the cage style used at Big Cat Rescue for their Vacation Rotation cage for all species of wild cats.  It’s almost 15 feet high, with a 5 foot cantilever and then a 1 foot drape from the top peak.  All of the materials are 9 gauge wire or stronger.

 

Windsong Memorial Hospital

Thanks to some AMAZINGLY GENEROUS donors and the many of you who have jumped in to help, Big Cat Rescue has completed the exterior of the Windsong Memorial Cat Hospital.  The power is ON and the new X-ray machine is up and running.  There have been many expensive additions to this onsite clinic such as a new tiger size operating table, new cabinetry, new autoclave and leopard print lead aprons to protect our technicians.  Just the lead lined sheetrock for insulating the X-ray room ran us close to $2,000.  It’s been a very expensive undertaking, but has already proved to be worth the money and effort.  See images here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/now-at-big-cat-rescue-jan-10-2015/

Nik Tiger being Xrayed

Nik Tiger being Xrayed

 

Participation in ZIMS

From 2001 – 2009 Big Cat Rescue participated in the International Species Information System, but they raised their rates that year to a level we just could not afford.  After a recent price reduction we were able to rejoin this year.  This allows us to collaborate with zoos all over the world and share our medical findings and learn from others.

 

Check Out Some Funny Cat Videos Since Last Issue

 

Free Valentine’s Day Goodies

 

ValentinesDayCardCatOcelotWe are working to move all of our great resources from our old site to the new one, so pardon our dust.

Check out these free Valentine’s Day cards to email, or download and print and our many Valentine’s Day games, puzzles and fun things to do at these two links:

http://chatbigcats.com/category/holiday-goodies/st-valentines-day/

AND

http://bigcatfun.com/valentines.html

 

4,500 People Have Made the Pledge.  Have You?

Make a New Year’s PLEDGE to Never Go to the Circus!!

 

If you love lions and tigers and elephants, please make it your New Year’s Resolution for 2015 to NEVER go to a circus that has wild animals!

The circus makes big cats and elephants do unnatural tricks like jumping through rings of fire or balancing on balls. We believe the animals perform because they are afraid of the circus trainers, who use painful bull hooks, electric prods and whips. Tigers and lions should not live in tiny circus cages with barely any room to move. And elephants should not be tied up with ropes and chains so short they can’t even walk.

Big Cat Rescue would like to see ONE MILLION kids and adults pledge to live CIRCUS FREE!! We promise to make sure the politicians in Washington know that all of us who LOVE wild animals want the circus to stop exploiting them! Big cats and elephants belong in the wild…not in circus cages and wagons.

And if you visit Big Cat Rescue, we will give you a FREE GIFT for making the pledge to go CIRCUS FREE!!

PLEDGE TO BE CIRCUS FREE HERE: www.NoCircusKids.com

 

Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – January 2015

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 contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.

Wild Transport.

No 1. The A&E Network has a new program called Wild Transport. Two of the episodes feature animals owned by the notorious Kevin Antle at his TIGERS “preserve” in Myrtle Beach, SC. One episode is billed as the transport of two full-grown tigers and two tiger cubs from a facility in South Florida to Antle’s facility in Myrtle Beach. For those who don’t know, we believe Antle uses and exploits dozens of cubs each year with his “pay to play” scheme, charging visitors to hold and play with cubs. The Humane Society of the United States describes Antle as “a sort of kingpin of the exotic animal trading world” so it’s not surprising that he is involved with transporting big cats across state lines for the sake of television ratings. We don’t believe the A&E Network should be promoting and publicizing Antle using his big cats and cubs as entertainment and for profit.

Please help us educate A&E by contacting A&E’s CEO/President Nancy Dubuc at nancy.dubuc@aetn.com and 212.210.1400.

TAG Heuer’s

No. 2 Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer’s new advertising campaign features model Cara Delevingne holding and posing with a lion cub. There is also video of the model with a full-grown lion and of a dozen photographers shooting pictures of the lion cub with their bright lights. It is irresponsible for TAG Heuer to use cubs in their attempt to look cool to young consumers. Please let TAG Heuer’s Vice President of Communications know that animal lovers do not want to see cubs exploited and will not purchase TAG Heuer merchandise unless the campaign is pulled.

Email TAG Heuer Vice President of Communications Francoise Bezzola at francoise.bezzola@tagheuer.com

Jimmy Fallon

No 3 Once again The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has exploited wild cats as entertainment on the program, despite repeated requests to STOP from numerous animal lovers and animal welfare groups including Big Cat Rescue. Two weeks ago a handler brought this lynx kitten on the show. Please help us continue to politely educate the producers of The Tonight Show that it is not right to use wild cats as entertainment and ask them to ban such practices. You are the only voices this kitten has!

Email the producers:

Executive Producer Lorne Michaels: lorne.michaels@nbcuni.com

Producer Gavin Purcell: gavin.purcell@nbcuni.com

Producer Katie Hockmeyer: katie.hockmeyer@nbcuni.com

Liger cubNo. 4  Last week KRCR Channel 7 News in California ran a fluff piece about a “rare breed of big cat” at a local “sanctuary.” What the station and pseudo-sanctuary owner claim is a rare breed is not a breed AT ALL but the result of unnatural breeding between a liger and a tiger. They call the cubs “ti ligers.” The breeding facility owner actually told the reporter “the ti liger will be studied by researchers to find out more about the breed.” HUH?

Please help us educate this station that they should do their own research before reporting such drivel as news! We believe the only reason people breed big cats to make ligers and other unnatural big cats is because unenlightened people will pay money to view and touch them. Their article sends the worst possible message that it is ok for people to manipulate big cats for their own use and profit.

Read the article here: http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/rare-breed-of-big-cat-at-sanctuary-in-oroville/30904748

Email reporter Danielle Radin at dradin@krcrtv.com

Email News Director Jennifer Scarborough at jscarborough@bontencalifornia.com

Email General Manager Andrew Stewart at astewart@bontencalifornia.com

 

Reminder of New Tour Times

 

Big Cat Rescue is making major changes to better focus our energy on saving the most big cats possible.  This includes huge changes to our Education Program and Tours, so check out the new tour times and prices here: http://bigcatrescue.org/visit-the-big-cats/  Our goal is to end the trade in exotic cats as pets, props and for their parts.  These changes will help us reach that goal along with your continued support.

 

Please share this AdvoCat newsletter with your friends and family.  Thank you from Carole and the Cats!