AdvoCat 2015 08

AdvoCat 2015 08

AdvoCat 2015 08

Cecil the Lion

Cecil the lion has touched the lives of everyone who cares about big cats.  Here are three articles that detail some of his impact on the rest of the world:

http://bigcatrescue.org/cecil-lion/

http://bigcatrescue.org/cecil-the-lion-an-agent-of-change/

http://bigcatrescue.org/delta/

If you are looking for a way to help protect big cats like Cecil, please take the Tiger Selfie Challenge below.  While Cecil was not a cub that was used for pay to play and then turned out into a canned hunt, most of his kind do start out that way.

 

Take the Tiger Selfie Challenge!

Tiger Selfie Ad Phone

You remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, don’t you?  It was a crazy, popular way to raise awareness about  Lou Gherig’s Disease, that started in 2014 and has already raised more than 100,000 million dollars for ALS research.  Just yesterday Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—and challenged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to do the same. A full year later this form of public activism is still grabbing headlines.

What if the cats had such a successful campaign to raise awareness about the suffering they endure for tiger selfies, lion selfies and liger selfies?

You KNOW we could end the pay to play schemes, once and for all, if everyone knew that posing with tiger cubs was Cruel NOT Cool!  Find out how here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/selfie/

New Big Cat Videos

 

Never miss a video starring your big cat friends!  Subscribe to both channels:

Main channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/BigCatRescue

Daily Big Cat channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/DailyBigCat

 

Free Lion Screen Savers and Wallpapers

 

In honor of Cecil the lion we have created free screen savers and wallpapers for Macs and PCs at our newly launched ChatBigCats.com site!  LaWanna and Ysabel have been working for months to convert our old BigCatFun.com site to a kid safe, mobile responsive, interactive site where you can play games, puzzles and find all kinds of fun things to do.  This site is still in Beta, so some links may be broken, but this link will take you to an area that is ready, where you can download the screen savers and wallpapers.  http://chatbigcats.com/newsletter-gifts-august-2015/

 

Your voice is saving big cats!

 

Last month we asked you to speak out against the cruel use of cubs, in a pay to play Swim-With-Tigers scheme at Dade City Wild Things and USDA has finally sued them for severe violations of the Animal Welfare Act saying, “The gravity of the violations alleged in this complaint is great, involving multiple failures to handle animals carefully and to provide access for inspection.”  Find out more at TigerCubAbuse2.com

Because you take action, whenever we point out big cat abuse, the USDA has also sued Doug Terranova who runs a circus and shows up at fairs with Joe Schreibvogel and his pay to play cubs, and Gregg & Karen Woody who also drag cubs out to parking lots and fairs.  We can end the abuse of lions, tigers, ligers and other wild animal cubs if we all speak out together.  Thank you for taking action on our alerts, and please be sure to do so on the following:

 

Top Shocking Incidents

of Big Cat Exploitation – August 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.

Walk On The Wild SideNo. 1      The Benton County Fair in Oregon recently hosted A Walk on the Wild Side’s exotic animal exhibit. An article in the local Corvallis Gazette-Times quoted one fairgoer saying the cages were small and the animals were pacing and showed signs of stress. A Walk on the Wild Side, also located in Oregon, has been closed to the public since March 2015 due to code violations but still subjects exotic cats to fairs and shows.

Benton County Fair Manager Lonny Wunder said he receives two or three complaints a year about the wild animal exhibit, but he will reconsider having them back if he receives more than that. SO we are asking you to please urge Wunder to do the humane thing and not allow exotic animals to be displayed at the fair next year.

Read the Corvallis Gazette-Times article here: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/exotic-animal-show-raises-questions/article_c81dab3e-f5be-5858-a04f-6f6852bf5f49.html

Contact Fair Manager Lonny Wunder at 541-766-6090 and email him at this link http://www.bentoncountyfair.net/contact-us/email-inquiry/
No. 2      The Midland County Fair in Michigan just hosted a circus act called Wambold’s Amazing Animals. The act featured several tigers and even included a liger – the result of the unnatural mating of a tiger and a lion. Local paper Midland Daily News covered the tiger show in at least two articles but never mentioned the true issues involved with big cats in traveling acts in their reporting. Fair manager Trish Steele is quoted gushing over the circus act, “They provide a lot of educational information to people who are in the free entertainment area. It’s not just a show.” Hmmm.

The owner of the tiger is also quoted in the article saying white tigers are “very, very rare in the wild because they have no camouflage.” It’s true they don’t have camouflage, but white tigers are not found in the wild because they are not a species!

There is nothing educational about seeing majestic big cats forced to perform in front of crowds and travel in small transport wagons. Please help us educate Steele and the Midland Daily News that exotic cats and other animals at fairs and in circus acts should be a thing of the past. Urge the fair to NOT have the cats back next year.

Read an article here: http://www.ourmidland.com/news/wambolds-brings-amazing-animals-to-fair/article_f5a7d9d2-4752-5fc9-90a4-00c324382234.html

Email the Midland Count Fair at midlandfair@midlandfair.net
Email Midland Daily News reporter John Kennett at jkennett@mdn.net and reporter Kelly Dame at kdame@mdn.net
Tiger Encounter

 

No. 3      The Kutztown Fair in Pennsylvania recently hosted a circus act with tigers called Tiger Encounter, run by the notorious Frisco circus family.

We’re told children were allowed to feed the cats with a long stick. That sends the wrong message that big cats are ours to use how we want. Please kindly let the Kutztown Fair that animal lovers do not want to see big cats used as entertainment.

Email the fair at info@kutztownfairgrounds.com.

 

No.4      The West End Fair in Pennsylvania is going on right now until August 29. The fair features Bruno Blaszak’s Royal Bengal Tiger circus show. However, there is no such thing as a “royal” Bengal tiger. The fair’s website says Bruno is “devoted to preserving these magnificent tigers for many generations to come.”

Breeding them to live lives of misery in circus acts and traveling the country in tiny transport cages? That is no life at all for big cats.

Politely email the fair at   secwefa@ptd.net

Comment on the fair’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-West-End-Fair/587611944615207?sk=timeline
Vincenta White Tiger Circus

 

No. 5      The Showhegen State Fair in Maine recently included the Vicenta White Tigers circus act. In a local newspaper article, owner Vicenta Pages actually told a reporter – presumably with a straight face – that “there are no longer any white Bengal tigers left in the wild of their homeland in India, having been hunted and poached to extinction.” HUH?

White tigers do not exist in the wild and could not survive even if they did because they would not be able to sneak up on prey or hide from predators. Big Cat Rescue believes it is tragic that fair managers and even journalists fall for these lies over and over again. Would you speak out for these tigers?

Learn more about white tigers here: http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/

Contact the Showhegen Fair at  office@skowheganstatefair.com

You can also help us to politely educate the reporter at CentralMaine.com who wrote an article glamorizing the white tigers at the fair, seemingly without researching or reporting the facts about white tigers. Read the article here: https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/08/16/bengal-tigers-earn-their-keep-at-skowhegan-state-fair/

Email reporter Doug Harlow at dharlow@centralmaine.com

Want to Help Big Cats in a More Purr-sonal Way?

 

Join our intern program here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/get-involved/volunteer/intern/

 

Why is the FWC Giving Up on the Florida Panther?

 

Background

You may recall that in June Big Cat Rescue joined various national conservation groups in speaking out against the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s [FWC] policy proposal for the Florida panther. You may read our response to the FWC’s proposal at http://bigcatrescue.org/why-is-the-fwc-giving-up-on-the-florida-panther/.

Mountain Lion Cub Stolen From The WildMany of you responded to our action alert, contacting the FWC and asking them to not give up on the FL panther. Big Cat Rescue attended the meeting in Sarasota to speak up for panthers (and bears). We also participated in a news conference with the Sierra Club, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and the Humane Society of the United States. Our combined actions resulted in the FWC taking note of the public’s comments and sending the proposal back to their staff for
revision.

Earlier this month (August 2015) the FWC posted their revised​ policy proposal. As the Tampa Bay Times put it in their editorial on August 17th, the revised proposal is a “win for open government over secrecy” but the policy still has “some weasel language” and that overall, this is a reminder of the “need for public oversight of this critical agency.”

Big Cat Rescue opposes the revised policy proposal Although we were pleased to read that the overall tone of the proposal had softened with the removal of some of the most contentious terms and language, Big Cat Rescue found the “weasel language” to be far more extensive and subtle than the TBT let on.

First, the good.

The revision includes welcomed recommendations to restore panther habitat in the Everglades, coordinate with the Florida Department of Transportation on the installation wildlife crossings, and support for strategic conservation easements. But much like the FWC’s response to request for more habitat be protected for wildlife – the FWC has little to no say in these matters. These recommendations are just that, recommendations.

Second, the bad.

The original proposal repeated brash assertions that the FWC would no longer support panther recovery outside of southwest Florida and insisted that one population of an estimated 100 to 180 panthers in southwest Florida after 34 years “should be ample scientific evidence to warrant reconsideration of the status of panthers under the Endangered Species Act.”

The federal government has maintained that for panthers to be taken off of the endangered species list their needs to be three separate populations, each with 240 panthers. Conservation groups, wildlife organizations, and a wide array of Floridians were quick to call out what was an attempt to force the federal government to reconsider the criteria for taking panthers off the endangered species list. (Big Cat Rescue believes that lowering the panther’s federal protective status, and ultimately delisting the big cat from the Endangered Species Act, are steps towards allowing a panther hunt.)

This revision, in addition to the softer tone and recommendations, includes language stating that the FWC does not intend to change the panther’s protected status. But the core statements brashly asserted in the original proposal are still there – polished and smoothed over, but none the wiser.

Third, the ugly.

The FWC is still abandoning their obligation to federal recovery efforts outside of the small population of 100 to 180 panthers in southwest Florida. The policy proposal still calls for federal officials to lessen their criteria for taking panthers off the endangered species list. It also leaves the door wide open for the FWC to take lethal action against panthers.

Be a voice for the Florida panther!

Three Mountain Lion CubsTell the FWC Commissioners to oppose the policy proposal. Attend the upcoming FWC meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on September 2nd​, 2015 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. The FWC will be voting on the revised policy proposal as well as finalizing​​ rules for the impending bear hunt.

More information about the meeting including the address, ​start time, agenda, and a ​link to ​the revised draft FL panther position proposal​​ may be found online at http://myfwc.com/about/commission/commission-meetings/2015/september/02/agenda/

 

Take Action Here!

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15098

 

 

 

 

AdvoCat 2015 07

AdvoCat 2015 07

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

KittenTabbyCA

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.

TigerDay_FBCoverPhoto3 TigerDay_FBCoverPhoto2 TigerDay_FBCoverPhoto

 

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.

AdvoCat 2015 06

AdvoCat 2015 06

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

cougar cub sleeping

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/

Other Mews

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

 

Never Miss a Big Cat Update

Sign up for our monthly AdvoCat newsletter and you will never miss an update!

You & a guest could also win 4 Days/ 3 Nights at the Sirata Beach Resort, Airfare, Keeper Tour, Dolphin Cruise, and more!

Random drawing on March 15th each year from our most active current Subscribers.

Enter To Win

We Protect Your Privacy 

 

AdvoCat 2015 05

AdvoCat 2015 05

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

AdvoCat 2015 04

AdvoCat 2015 04

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

 

 

Thank you for reading about the cats.  Please share this page with your family and friends.

AdvoCat 2015 03

AdvoCat 2015 03

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!