Big Cat Rescue goes to Brazil
Christina Adania, Director of AMC (Associa 'ao Mata Ciliar) and Pat Quillen of S.O.S Care hosted their first eco-excursion to Brazil the last week of July. Hanaya Gomes, a 4 year volunteer at Easy Street, and Karen MacNeill, a relative newcomer at 1 year, traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil; the world's 5th most populated metropolitan area. AMC decided to kick off this program to raise crucial funds to keep their program going, because Brazilian support of animal rights is not as strong as it is in the U.S.
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Big Cat Vets
Some Doctors still make house calls. Dr. Stacie Wadsworth DVM,owner of Carrollwood Cats, and Dr. Elizabeth Wynn DVM, of Ehrlich Animal Hospital, are always on call for their big cat clientele.
Dr. Wadsworth doesn’t discriminate the 8-pound tabby tiger on your couch from the 800-pound tiger, Shere Khan. Cats are cats, and that’s what she does best. Dr. Wadsworth has long been the on-call professional Big Cat Rescue has entrusted with the veterinary care of our sanctuary’s residents. She never knows what to Read More
Beta Alpha Psi Pick Up Sticks & Direct Traffic
On April 24, 2005 three Beta Alpha Psi members (see photo at right) returned to continue working on clearing sticks, stones and trash from the fields to prepare to make them usable. Then, they generously volunteered to help direct traffic and act as safety guards for an event involving over 100 people that was held later that morning. Thanks again for all your hard work and your continued support of the sanctuary.
Beta Alpha Psi Big Cat cleanup rivals Enron
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Big Cat Recue Nears Critical Mass
According to the Internet dictionary, the definition of Critical Mass is: 1. The minimum quantity of fissile material required for a nuclear chain reaction. 2. The minimum amount of people with shared understanding to tip the balance and instigate change.
When a proportionately small fraction of electrons line up in an atom it creates an invisible force that causes all of the other electrons to snap into the same line. When enough people begin to think in certain ways, and reach a critical mass, Read More
AdvoCats, James Scott and daughter Debra Scott
Take Big Cat Rescue to Tallahassee
My dad and I are avid BCR supporters, and we make a point of talking to people about the sanctuary and handing out newsletters at every opportunity. However, we thought that setting up a table at our annual Springtime Tallahassee festival would be a great way to reach a large number of people in this area, and introduce them to the important mission of the sanctuary.
My artistic daughter helped us create two boards with pictures of cats at BCR. We set Read More
$10,000.00 Bond Requirement
The following is a letter from Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue to the reporter from the St. Pete Times who covered the new law that regulates reptiles of concern and requires a $10,000.00 bond from exhibitors of dangerous animals such as lions, tigers and bears.
Thank you for quoting me on this story. The numbers speak for themselves:
The following is a partial listing (811) of incidents involving captive big cats since 1990. These incidents have resulted in the killing or deaths of Read More
Lessons I Learned From the Cat
Curiosity never killed anything, except maybe a few hours
Variety is the spice of life: one day ignore people, the next day annoy them
Climb your way to the top, that's why the drapes are there
When eating out, think nothing of sending back your meal twenty or thirty times
When in doubt, cop an attitude
Make your mark in the world, or at least spray in each corner
Always give generously, a small bird or rodent left on the bed tells them "I care"
Cats make us laugh but they can also touch our hearts Read More
Talking to Legislators: An Empowering Experience
During the last weekend in July, I had the good fortune of joining Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin, Howard Baskin, and volunteer Susan Mitchell in Washington D.C. for the third annual Taking Action for Animals Conference. Each year the conference is presented by several animal protection organizations and includes lectures, workshops, and exhibits that provide knowledge, skills, and tools to help us speak out for animals more efficiently and more powerfully. Read More
Florida Foxes In Charge of Hen House
Or, Why Florida Leads the Nation in Killings, Maulings and Escapes
"It's just absurd that we are allowing the import of so many exotic animals into Florida!" says, State Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff of Ft. Lauderdale.
That is what we thought she would say when she heard the statistics. The Associated Press recently reported that in 2005 there were more than 210 million animals imported to the United States. Only wild birds, primates and some cud-chewing Read More
Big Cat Vet Says Clients Kill Cubs
On June 14 & 15, 2007 I attended the Captive Wild Animal Technical Assistance Group meeting in Orlando and was stunned at what I heard. You can hear it for yourself below.
I was not surprised to hear Kathy Stearns, an woman with a backyard full of big cats, try to excuse the inexcusable behavior of those who breed cubs for photo booths and petting sessions. I was not surprised to hear a couple others suggest that studies be done, (ie: stall for as long as we can) before taking action to stop Read More