Animal Lovers Abhor This Kind of Recklessness
People who pose with wild animals usually say it is because they love animals, but if love animals they should know that wild animals don’t belong in cages or on chains. They aren’t to be used as ego props.
Let Newt Gingrich know that real animals lovers oppose his treatment of wild animals as photo and ego props.
GET JOY ONLINE AT THE BODY SHOP THIS HOLIDAY!
Once a day every day through Christmas we will be giving away a free order ($100 gift card) at The Body Shop. Seriously, FREE!
5 second-prize winners each day will receive a full-size body butter ($18 value).
All you have to do is watch for clues on Facebook & Twitter and visit this page to know if you can get your order for free yet.
Until December 25th everyone has a daily chance to win great gifts online at The Body Shop. The original, ethical beauty brand will be giving away a top prize of a $100 gift card every day, as well as its beloved Body Butters at http://canigetmyorderforfreeatthebodyshopyet.com/
Players can follow clues on Facebook and Twitter to play for a chance to win these great Holiday prizes. There’s a downloadable widget to make playing even easier on your smartphone! A festive snowglobe graphic invites players to “shake” the globe to see if they’ve won. Whatsmore, five amazing grassroots charities across the US and Canada stand the chance of winning $1000 worth of The Body Shop products to support their causes. Players donate their “shakes” once they finished playing, to their preferred group. The charities reflect some of the core Values that The Body Shop was founded upon including animal protection, environmental protection, human rights and the promotion of self esteem, and include:
Planet Lunchroom is a US non-profit dedicated to changing the environment in which kids learn as they learn to save the environment in which they live. www.planetlunchroom.org
Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world, based in Florida, dedicated to providing a safe haven for more than 100 lions, tigers and other species. bigcatrescue.org
Children of the Street Society. Since 1995, the Children of the Street Society in Canada has developed into a highly recognizable and reputable leader in the fight against child and youth sexual exploitation. www.childrenofthestreet.com
Women’s Advocates in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a safe place where battered women and their children can escape domestic violence. http://www.facebook.com/wadvocates
Abbey Cats Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for abandoned cats and kittens in the Greater Toronto Area. www.abbeycats.org
So Give Joy to the charities and Get Joy by playing for a chance to win some fabulous The Body Shop goodies this Holiday. Feel good while doing good…and have fun!
For more information contact:
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The Zanesville Massacre Could Happen in Tampa
…or Just About Anywhere else in Florida for That Matter.
Zanesville Massacre 18 tigers 17 lions 3 cougars gunned down
At 5:30 a.m. on October 19, 2011, the phones at Big Cat Rescue began ringing with the news that Terry Thompson, a private owner and collector of exotic animals in Ohio, had released 56 of his lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, wolves and bears before committing suicide the night before.
As the watching world soon learned that day, Thompson had purposely cut the doors off his animals’ cages so they could not be returned to them. And because the perimeter fence around his property was a mere four- foot high cattle fence, and it was getting dark, the authorities who arrived on the scene were forced to shoot and kill all but six of the dangerous wild animals.
This senseless tragedy unfolded in Zanesville, Ohio, but it could just as easily have been in Tampa or any other city in Florida.
The reason is because there is a patchwork of laws across our country and a dire lack of funds to enforce them. All too often it takes a tragedy like the Zanesville massacre before the public finds out that crazy people and government agencies are playing Russian roulette with their lives.
Most people were shocked to learn that Thompson, a convicted criminal, could have a back yard full of the world’s most dangerous predators with no government oversight. Ohio had no state laws restricting such behavior. And Thompson did not have the USDA license he was required to possess in order to exhibit his exotic animals. Despite often being in the local news for exhibiting his animals at schools, he was never forced to comply.
USDA only requires that cages be big enough for an animal to stand up and turn around; there are no set standards for cage space, fence heights or cage construction materials. Depending on the inspector, a USDA licensed facility may be asked to have an eight-foot high perimeter fence. But an exotic animal facility in Dade City, Fla. that offers public swimming with tigers has a fence that is only three strands of wire; and not hot wire at that! Despite multiple citations, the facility has not yet been fined and continues to operate under the auspices of being “inspected and approved.”
The Florida Wildlife Commission boasts the most stringent wild animal possession laws, yet Florida leads the country with the most killings, maulings and escapes by dangerous wild animals. Having better standards than Ohio hasn’t done anything to minimize the danger to Floridians and the environment. Most people who don’t follow animal issues are aware that the Everglades are over run with giant non-indigenous snakes that are swallowing alligators and deer whole. These snakes, which quickly grow to 13 feet and over 100 pounds, have been found to have Florida panthers, bobcats and many species of endangered native wildlife in their bellies when captured. What most people probably don’t know is that the FWC is continuing to renew the permits of those who are not in compliance with their regulations and state laws.
In June 2007, Florida Governor Crist signed into law SB2766, a bill to regulate the possession of reptiles, but more importantly, included the requirement for a $10,000 bond to be posted by anyone exhibiting a Class I animal, which currently includes lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and cougars. The FWC thwarted that legislative mandate by changing their regulations to allow people to call their private collections “sanctuaries” and forego the bond requirement. Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin contacted every member of the Florida House and Senate in 2009 to let them know how their law had been circumvented and they almost unanimously agreed to close the loophole by amending the wording to say that all who “possess” (rather than “exhibit” as the 2007 law read) Class I animals must post the bond.
Perhaps the scariest comparison between the situation in Ohio and the situation here in Florida is that no matter what the law was that allowed private possession of dangerous wild animals, it was the actions of a mentally unstable person who set his animals loose on his unsuspecting neighbors. When you consider that it is usually this type of person who collects dangerous lions, tigers, bears, pythons and such in their back yard, the obvious conclusion is that the only way to prevent such disasters is to ban the private possession of wild animals.
Dec 5 Winner:
Dee DeSantis is our winner of the $20. gift certificate for Dec 5. This is a daily contest, so the clock starts over for sharing your own personal link which can be obtained by signing up at http://bcw.bigcatrescue.org/start/?c=133
New Photos of the Big Cats
Each day for the next week or so we will be posting some of the newest photos of the cats. There are a bunch of new ones for sale in the Big Cat Shop.
Today’s featured exotic cats are Servals
What are the Best E-Cards to Send and Get?
These show the popularity of some of LaWanna’s BigCatFun.com cards:
EXAMPLES of how well videos go over as ecards:
This one of TJ playing in his pool has had over 45,000 views as an ecard
This one has had over 41,000 views as a Halloween ecards and this one wasnt posted decorated as Halloween very long ago.
This video (cats & watermelons) has had over 30,000 views as an ecard
more watermellong with over 45,000 views as an ecard
This video of you and cougar has had over 23,000 views as an eCard.
This one of the cougars purring has had over 17,000 views as an ecard
This one has had over 12,000 views as an ecard
This one over 12,00 views as an ecard
This one over 11,000
This one over 16,000
This one over 10,000
Thanksgiving Games, Freebies & Goodies
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many families. It is a time to reflect and be reminded of the things we have to be thankful for. we are thankful for and appreciative of each and every person who has put their kindness into action throughout the year giving gifts of time, funds and prayers to the big cats of Big Cat Rescue and around the world. Below are a few little goodies to say thank you to each of you.
Make Your Child’s Personalized Thanksgiving Letters
Don’t send your child’s private information to a stranger on the Internet, that may not be safe! Instead, use this program to safely, easily and quickly create cute decorated and very personalized Thanksgiving letters for your children without giving their personal inforMation to a stranger over the Internet. This is a fully automated program.
The letters are original and not the same ole run of the mill ones currently floating about the Internet. Last year’s letters have been updated with better wording and more personlization options and new letters have been added. See more info and Screenshots
Free Big Cat Thanksgiving Kids’ Craft – Place Name Tags
Print this free Thanksgiving craft sheet and let your child cut out the place name tags and write your Thanksgiving dinner guests names on them. You children will enjoy getting to help prepare for the holiday festivities.CLICK HERE for more info.
Free Big Cat Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers
Free Halloween Desktop Wallpapers with big cat photos decoratively framed in Thanksgiving themed frames.
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 1
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 2
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 3
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 4
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 5
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 6
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 7
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 8
- Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 9
Free Thanksgiving Screensavers
Thanksgiving Leopard Screensavers
- Thanksgiving Leopards One
- Thanksgiving Leopards Two
- Thanksgiving Leopards Three
- Thanksgiving Leopards Four
- Thanksgiving Leopards Five
- Thanksgiving Leopards Six
- Thanksgiving Leopards Seven
- Thanksgiving Leopards Eight
- Thanksgiving Leopards Nine
- Thanksgiving Bearcats
- Thanksgiving Lions and Tigers
Free Thanksgiving Craft Printable- Leopard Bingo Game
Thanksgiving Leopard Bingo Craft Game you can download, print, make & play with your children or give as a Thanksgiving gift.
CLICK HERE to see more screen shots, instructions and downloads.
Play Online Flash Thanksgiving Games
Here are some fun family safe online games for your family to enjoy.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THIS GAME In this cute little puzzle game you click on two items to make them switch places. Your goal is to get at least three like items in a row. It is also a game of strategy because if you plan your moves carefully and get as many matching items as you can to ‘break’ at once you get higher points.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS GAME Here is a free Christmas flash game where you look at two cartoon pictures carefully, find and circle the differences in the two pictures. This game reinforces critical thinking skills.
Thanksgiving Crafts – Make Personalized Big Cat Bookmarks
L@@K –> 11 NEW Bookmark Programs Added For 2011
This fun Thanksgiving craft is for kids or adults, teachers, students, parents and more. These cute little bookmark personalizing programs are very easy and quick to use. After you download the program and run a simple setup making your own custom bookmarks. Each program features photos of a different big cat from Big Cat Rescue. You will use your mouse to drag and drop photos and Thanksgiving graphics onto the blank bookmark. You can even type in your own text. Once your bookmark looks just the way you like it, then you print it, punch a hole in the top and tie a piece of yarn through it. All the big cat photos and Thanksgiving clip art you need for this project is contained within the programs.
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bearcat
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bengal Cat
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bobcat 1
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bobcat 2
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Cougar
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Geoffroy Cat
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – African Serval 1
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – African Serval 2
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Snow Leopard
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Tiger 1
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Tiger 2
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – Sand Cats
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – African Lion
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – White Tiger
- Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – Leopard
Free Big Cat Thanksgiving Personalize Story Book For Windows
This is a windows computer storybook is about a a special Thanksgiving secret that a wise old cougar named Scratch, who lives at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida shares with a special little girl and with your child as well. Scratch, the wise old cougar, shares his Thanksgiving secret in a fun, interactive and creative way that you and your children are sure to enjoy. If you type your name into the space provided on the first screen of the storybook YOU will become part of the storybook.
CLICK HERE to see more info & get your copy free.
Free Big Cat Thanksgiving eCards
All of the photos in these free big cat eCards are of the big cats (and small ones, too) that live at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. Choose an animal below to go directly to that cat’s Thanksgiving eCards.
- Bear cats
- Bengal cats
- Cameron, The African Lion & Zabu, The White Tiger
- Cameron, The African Lion Has A Toy
- Canadian Lynx, Shatia & Dances With Wolves “Wolfy”
- Fishing Cats
- Cheetaro, The Leopard
- Sundari, The Leopard
- Hercules, The Snow Leopard
- Bengali, The Tiger
- Zabu, The White Tigress
If there’s toy your cat will go crazy for it’s their catnip toy. Catnip is one of the greatest pleasures a cat can have, and here we explain why.
What Exactly Is Catnip?
Catnip, catswort, or catmint (Latin name Nepeta cataria, a plant of the Lamiaceae family) is an aromatic plant, with small clusters of purplish blue flowers, which are tubular in structure and prettily spotted with purple dots. It looks very similar to a mint plant in many ways, but is a softer colour. It has sturdy stems with grey green leaves, and it is the chemical in the leaves that cats are attracted to. Plants of the Lamiaceae genus are native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, where it will grow freely, in even very poor soil and hot, dusty conditions. Some people regard catnip as a weed, it is so common. In countries where it is bought as a garden plant however, catnip is treated as a herbaceous perennial. Catnip has been used by herbalists for centuries. Its uses include relief for colic, dental problems, and indigestion. It can also be made into a calming herbal tea, used as a flavoring in sauces, soups, and stews, or even made into wine.
What part of the catnip plant is my cat reacting to?
The ‘active ingredient’ in catnip is an oil called Nepetalactone. This is the scent that your cat is trying to bathe in when he rolls around in the plant, or rubs his face against his catnip toy. The leaves, stems and seedpods of the catnip plant are covered in tiny bulbs called ‘trichimes’ which contain the oil, and unless they are crushed or pecked at by birds the oil will stay inside the bulbs until the plant has matured. However, your cat knows that he can release the oil scent by pouncing, chewing or rolling in catnip. He can’t get enough of that smell. This explains the repeated rolling over your cat might indulge in during his catnip playtime.
What sort of behaviour might cats display if he is exposed to catnip?
- Rolling over on their backs, and stretching out
- Chewing or rubbing their faces on the catnip product
- Throwing catnip toy around
- Blissful, sleepy expression
- Running skittishly round the room
- Mewing or growling
Why is the scent so much fun for cats?
There is some debate about the exact neurological explanation for the behaviour. It is suspected that it induces a state of euphoria a little like when humans are in love. The skittishness and silliness you will see in your cat will certainly demonstrate this amply. You will see your cat on a ‘Nip Trip’ behave almost as if he is intoxicated. Although nepetalactone oil seems to have an almost drug-like effect on your cat it is totally safe and he will not become addicted to it. The effects last only around five to fifteen minutes, and after that they wear off.
He cannot ‘overdose’ on catnip – in fact if he is given catnip too often the effects just lessen. So keep his treat for twice a week at most. It’s a great way to see him have pleasure, knowing all the time it is a safe and natural treat.
Do all cats respond to catnip?
No. Up to 25% of cats have not inherited the ‘catnip gene’, so they won’t respond. A kitten with only one parent with the catnip gene has a one-in-two chance of inheriting it, and a kitten whose parents both have the gene has a three-in-four chance. Little kittens and older cats are not likely to be much interested either. But that leave a majority of cats for whom it is one of life’s little pleasures.
Do big cats like tigers and lions react in the same way to catnip?
Yes! Have a look at some of the videos on our site to see what pleasure big cats get from catnip. You’ll see that some sanctuaries actually use catnip regularly to provide entertainment and pleasure to their big cats. These are known as enrichment activities, and they keep the animals in tip-top condition mentally. All cats needs some extra fun from time to time, and big cats are no different to any other cat in this respect.
Izzy Woods is a cat lover and travel blogger with a passion for all things cute. She writes for everything from cat breeding zines to caravan insurance newsletters, enjoying the company of her own pets.