Now at Big Cat Rescue March 22 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue March 22 2014

West Virginia Bans Private Possession of Wild Animals!


Gov. Tomblin has signed a bill into law to prohibit the private possession of dangerous wild animals. Introduced by Del. Randy Swartzmiller (D-1), HB 4393 passed the House by a vote of 72 to 23, and the Senate by a 22 to 11 vote. The bill creates a Dangerous Wild Animal Board, whose members will determine which animals to include under the law. The Humane Society of the United States, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Fund for Animal Welfare praise Gov. Tomblin’s decision.

Summer Wyatt, West Virginia state director for The HSUS, issued the following statement: “There’s no good reason for private citizens to keep dangerous wild animals as pets on their property and thankfully that day has come to an end. We are grateful to Governor Tomblin and the legislature for standing firm on this issue, and working to protect animal welfare and public safety. West Virginia now joins the majority of states across the country in taking decisive action on this issue.”

With Gov. Tomblin’s signature, there remain only five states with little to no restrictions on the private possession of dangerous wild animals—Alabama, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Ginger the serval

Ginger the Serval

No Animals Harmed

New from visionary director Darren Aronofsky comes “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe. The film is inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice, and hope, and is an exercise in humane filmmaking, as no live animals were used during production.

For the making of this film, Aronofsky — a recipient of The HSUS’s Humane Filmmaker Award — opted to use all computer-generated imagery to create the animals on Noah’s Ark, instead of using captive exotics. As public concern for captive animals grows, The HSUS applauds the filmmakers behind “Noah” for using new technology to tell this legendary story.

Don’t miss your chance to see animal-friendly filmmaking at its best on the big screen. “Noah” opens nationwide in theaters and IMAX screens on March 28. Watch the trailer and get tickets

Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 18 2014

Maryland: Ban Dangerous Wild Animals at Roadside Zoos

Roadside Zoos

A recent report on three of Maryland’s roadside zoos—Catoctin Zoo, Plumpton Park Zoo, and Tri-State Zoo—uncovered serious animal welfare and public safety concerns. Now, Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation (SB 827/HB 1124) to address those concerns by prohibiting unaccredited roadside zoos from keeping especially dangerous wild animals.

Maryland generally prohibits the private possession of certain dangerous wild animals, including big cats, bears, and primates. Unfortunately, the law currently allows many exotic pet owners and unqualified facilities to continue to keep, breed, and acquire these species by obtaining a USDA license.

USDA licensed facilities in Maryland have a long history of violations of the Animal Welfare Act—related to attacks, escapes, and inadequate veterinary care—yet despite these federal citations, they continue to operate. Our analysis found tigers living in deteriorating empty swimming pools, primates living in crowded or isolated conditions without adequate environmental enrichment, bears exhibiting neurotic behaviors, and dangerous and outdated cages. Read the full report here»

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state legislators and ask them to strengthen Maryland’s laws regarding dangerous wild animals in captivity by supporting SB 827/HB 1124. Look up your legislator’s phone number here. You can say, “I recently read about the conditions at three of Maryland’s roadside zoos and am concerned that these zoos are allowed to keep dangerous wild animals. Please support SB 827/HB 1124 which will limit the possession of these animals to qualified professionals.”

After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to send a follow-up message. Be sure to edit your message so it’s short, snappy, and compelling.

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Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 8 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 8 2014

Changing Laws to Protect Paws:

Big Cat Rescue, and The Paw Project

Interview with Carole Baskin on Animal Voices


The Pill Game


ThePillGameDarrylBollingerI’ve only started to read The Pill Game by Darryl Bollinger, the author of The Medicine Game and A Case of Revenge, but I can already tell that Big Cat Rescue fans are going to love the way he was able to weave in their favorite sanctuary and some of their favorite cats by name.  I first heard from Darryl last summer and then he followed up last month with this letter:

My name is Darryl Bollinger, and I am a Florida author with two published novels. I am currently President of the Tallahassee Writers Association and have been named a finalist for the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award, Suspense/Thriller category.

My next novel is set in the Tampa Bay area and prominently mentions Big Cat Rescue, which is portrayed in a clearly positive way and based on publicly available information. In March of this year, while in the area doing research for the book, I visited Big Cat Rescue and had a lovely, private tour with Phyl. Your mission is impressive, and I would like to do what I can to help.

I plan to acknowledge Big Cat Rescue in conjunction with the book release this fall. If you are interested, I would be willing to provide you copies of the book on a consignment basis for sale in your gift shop and do a book signing or book launch event on site.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much for what you do with these wonderful creatures, and I hope to be of service.



When you buy a copy of Darryl’s book via Big Cat Rescue’s Amazon Smile link here, we get a donation from Amazon at no additional cost to you!

Darryl will be doing a book signing at the sanctuary on March 22 from 10-3 so buy your copy now and bring to the sanctuary for him to sign it.


Photo Blog

So much has been going on that I can hardly find time to write.  These photos of our beautiful exotic cats and volunteers will give you some idea of all that is going on.

Bobcats MaryAnn and Max


MaryAnn getting ready for the big introduction to Max the Bobcat



Cody the Cougar Goes to the Vet for Arthritis







Big Cat Rescue is a finalist in Clearwater Chamber’s Non Profit of the Year





Family Dinner Strategic Meeting


Note the egg beater pointer


Leopards Simba and Nyla Re-Introduced After 15 Years




Nikita Lioness on a Feeding Tour


Nairobi Serval Goes to the Vet for Weird Neck Arching


Another Day in Paradise at Big Cat Rescue


Volunteers Clean Hospital Cages



There is always so much going on at Big Cat Rescue!












Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 23 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 23 2014


Lion Ark Nominated

Lion Ark Movie

Lion Ark nominated for 45th NAACP Image Award,

“Outstanding International Motion Picture” category

Lion Ark has been nominated by America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP, in their Outstanding International Motion Picture category for the 45th NAACP Image Awards.

The prestigious Image Awards by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrates “the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.”

Others up for awards this year in different categories include Beyoncé, John Legend, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Forest Whitaker.

It is a huge honor to be nominated for the award.

Lion Ark is a film about respect for people and animals. It is an empowering film that shows that people can make a difference and how animal protection is a vital part of the fabric of social justice.

In addition to Lion Ark the other five nominees in the Outstanding International Motion Picture category are: War Witch; Call Me Kuchu; La Playa D.C.; High Tech, Low Life.

Members of the NAACP have until February 14th to vote for the nominated movies for the Image Awards, with the award ceremony taking place on February 21st and 22nd. The glittering awards ceremony in Los Angeles has, in the past, been hosted by luminaries such as Denzel Washington, Diana Ross, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Whitney Houston.

Find out where you can see Lion Ark:


URGENT APPEAL! The animals have been saved from Bolivia’s circuses, now help free the animals in Peru! Animal Defenders International is preparing to assist the government with enforcement of the law and will be rescuing the animals, just like in Lion Ark. Help bring the animals to sanctuary. Please click here to donate today.


Thank you for helping the animals.


Tim Phillips

Director, Lion Ark

ADI Films


2013 Humane Scorecard


The annual report breaks down how federal lawmakers around the country have rated on critical animal protection issues. The Humane Scorecard is an easy way to track the performance of your elected officials, and I hope that you’ll take a moment to check it out.

The 113th Congress, in terms of general lawmaking, has been known for inaction and partisan gridlock. Only 65 laws were passed in 2013 — fewer than any single session of Congress in modern history. Yet, despite the general dysfunction in Washington, we made real progress on key animal protection issues.

View the 2013 Humane Scorecard to see how your lawmakers rank in animal protection.


On Craig’s List Today

Earth And Wellness


Help us with fund raising for Big Cat Rescue and also help any other animal rescues you know of that could use some extra money. While you are helping us with fund raising you are also helping yourself. Double your Income, working from home. BETTER THAN A JOB. Our company competes with Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive and Johnson and Johnson. Animal friendly/kid friendly products but no product sales. Make an extra $3000-$5000 a month with no risk. Call us at 208-875-8884 so we can talk. No resumes needed. Not an onsite job. Hiring Organization: Earth and Animal Wellness, LLC


Today at Big Cat Rescue Dec 27 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Dec 27 2013


Are you thinking of seeing “The Wolf of Wall Street?”


The film contracted with the Rosaire family for one of the chimps and lions used in the film. Who are the Rosaire’s? One of the very first letters Julie H. wrote and had published on behalf of animals many years ago was about, in our opinion, this horrible breeding/abusing family. (They have a place in SW FL called Big Cat Habitat and we have an entire computer file filled with articles about them).


At a USDA Big Cat Symposium in Fort Worth, Kay Rosaire said on stage:

“To keep a tiger off you, you just poke ’em real hard with a pitchfork a time or two and show ’em who’s boss. Then they’ll get the message.”

Clayton Rosaire Taunting TigerWe could attach so many photos of the white tigers and other animals they’ve bred and carted around the country and overseas, the old-fashioned, carny-type shows they make their animals perform in all kinds of weather. But look at this picture of Clayton Rosaire making his tigers perform. With ears down, fear on his face, what do this tiger’s eyes say to you?


Incredibly, Leo DiCaprio chose to use one of the Rosaire’s chimps and a lion in the film. Since DiCaprio is “supposed” to be such an animal advocate, this is really a stab in the gut to those of us who fight so hard for animal welfare. How could he sell out like this?


You may think, “What’s the big deal?” But, the Rosaire’s will surely be using this as just another advertisement and promotion of their traveling carny shows. For every ticket sold to this movie, it’s a feather in their cap and another way to con the public into thinking that they run a legitimate sanctuary. It’s really tragic that DiCaprio would’ve allowed this to happen.


You may think the movie industry watchdog, the American Humane Association, oversees and assures everything’s ok with the animals hired. But, guess what? An expose just revealed that organization is meaningless. Animals have been dying for years under their “watchful” eye. The saying, “No Animals Were Harmed….” couldn’t be further from the truth! Read more here –


So, please, DON’T go see this movie. DON’T endorse cruelty to animals. Whenever you see a wild or exotic animal in a movie, stop and think about it. You don’t know where they came from, how they’re treated before and after they got there, how their owner uses them to make a living, what’s their quality of life after your few minutes of entertainment. I hope you won’t want to be part of what we believe to be animal cruelty.


Chimp and lion from Big Cat Habitat star in new DiCaprio film




Leonardo DiCaprio with Chance


Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:53 pm |Updated: 10:21 am, Thu Dec 26, 2013.


SARASOTA– Two popular animals from Sarasota’s Big Cat Habitat are starring in the new Martin Scorsese film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The movie, which hit theaters on Christmas Day, features Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. The animals from Big Cat Habitat are a 4-year-old chimpanzee named, Chance and a 600 lb lion named, Handsome.

Chance got to star alongside DiCaprio in a couple of scenes, said his handler, Pam Rosaire.

“What a great guy Leo is to work with. He is as good as he is handsome. He is a pure and wonderful person. I loved him. Chance thinks he’s great, and Chance really loved him. They built a relationship,” said Rosaire.

Handsome the lion has a smaller role in the movie. The lion is a symbol of the company DiCaprio owns in the film.

“That’s why they wanted a lion like this one,” said Clayton Rosaire, Handsome’s handler. “He is so impressive, beautiful and majestic. I think they chose the right animal.”

Handsome was hauled up to New York in a massive trailer last spring during filming.

PETA is unhappy with DiCaprio for allowing scenes with a great ape. An online petition has been started by the organization, asking the actor to never handle a great ape in a film ever again.

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 22 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 22 2013

The List Includes BCR as #3


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A Canadian Favorite


Big Cat Rescue was featured in an Article about the top 14 Canadian Travel Destinations published on Flight Network’s (Canada’s #2 travel site) blog.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:00am – 3:00pm
Mastro Subaru, 6402 W Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33634

Join our Mobile Adoption Center at Mastro Subaru for an afternoon of Holiday festivities! Not only will we have adorable adoptables, but you’ll enjoy a live DJ, free BBQ and an opportunity to visit with Santa Paws! And, if you bring a donation of toys, food or treats to “Stuff The HSTB Subaru” you’ll receive a free raffle ticket for some great prizes! Thank you to ASPCA and Subaru for sponsoring this event!

Event highlights:
Live DJ
“Stuff the Subaru”
Photos with Santa Paws and Mrs. Claus
Free Leashes & Collars with adoption
Free Tags
Free BBQ & Baked Goodies
Face Painting for Kids
Free Raffle with great prizes

Saturday, December 14, 2013
11:00am – 1:00pm
Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607

Jolly Old St. Nick will be paying a visit to our precious pets. He’ll be at our Gazebo for one day only (he IS a busy man) and would love to hear what is on your pets’ Christmas lists. We KNOW they’ve all been nothing but NICE this year ♥ Photos are $10 and provided by Photography by Norman Mark.

Event highlights:
$10 Photos with Santa for pets and children; photos printed on site

Pick From Our Giving Tree: while waiting for your own photo, pick a photo of one of our pets off the tree. Donate $1-$10 for that pet and get a special treat to share with them! Our pets will love the treats, but will be even more excited to get a quick visit from you!

Holiday decorations and festivities

Adoptions at the shelter
Marketing Coordinator

Humane Society of Tampa Bay
3607 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607


Great American Teach In Success


Nice feedback from one of the schools we attended:




I must tell you how impressed we all were with the presentation Meredith Pannino provided for the students today. Adults even came out of their offices to listen!!! She was wonderful and she did it in spite of problems with our technology. Please let her know the students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and we really appreciate your generosity in sending a volunteer to our school.


There is buzz going around of perhaps an end of the year field trip and we are still trying to raise funds for a donation to the program. We are not a rich demographic so it is slow in coming. Looking forward to see you soon.




Yvonne Sell

ESE Teacher Grades 7th & 7.5

Pro Ed Facilitator


How Can I Stop Canned Lion Hunting?


This is from one of our friends in South Africa:


I think Melissa Bachman  is one of the most destructive people I have had the displeasure to come across.

She and others like her have systematically destroyed nature at its finest and have the cheek to sit over the victim with stupid grins on their faces.  They are the worst kind of persons, thinking that they have the right to take a life for fun.  They have killed more wildlife than I have seen in my 65 years of life.  What a disgrace.


In March 15th – 2014 –, there will be a coordinated protest campaign in certain cities around the world to protest the failure of conservation authorities to ban canned hunting.  If the march is in your city please go. Keep watching here for details.


You can also go to these petition sites and sign:


Lastly below is a draft letter (please make it personal if you have time) we would like you to send to the government addresses listed below.  It is time that we, as caring individuals, make ourselves heard.  Lets make them hear us.

All the best





To whom it may concern.

We refer to your failure to ban the despicable practice of canned hunting.  Canned Hunting is any hunt where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter either by physical constraints such as fencing or by mental constraints such as being hand reared and habituated to humans.  It follows that any hunt of a captive bred animal is a canned hunt. It also follows that virtually all sport and trophy hunting in South Africa is canned to a greater or lesser extent.

Quite apart from the unacceptable cruelty which is the business model of the whole industry, is the threat to wild lion populations from the growing lion bone trade to Asia.

We ask you to take meaningful steps to bring this sordid industry to an end before it wrecks our legitimate tourism industry, and causes regional extinction of wild lion populations.

Canned hunting is an out-dated, cruel blood sport that lacks ethical sportsmanship and does not foster conservation of endangered species in the wild. It most definitely reflects poorly on our culture and should be considered a crime against society, humanity and nature. To shoot a confined, tame animal and call it recreational hunting and conservation is simply ludicrous; this is not science, this is not conservation, this is not species survival.  It is wanton destruction.


Kind regards




Send to:

These are all the emails from below so you can copy and paste for your convenience.  I have left the list so you can see who your emails are going to.;;;;;;;;;;;;

Management Authorities / Autoridades Administrativas / Organes de gestion


Ms Olga Kumalo
Department of Environmental Affairs


Mr Mpho Tjiane
Department of Environmental Affairs

Scientific Authorities / Autoridades Científicas / Autorités scientifiques


The Chief Executive: CapeNature
Fauna, Flora, CITES & Hunting



The Chief Executive Officer
KwaZulu Natal Wildlife


The Chief Executive Officer
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency


The Head of Department
Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs


The Head of Department
Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment


The Head of Department
Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation


The Head of Department
Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism


The Head of Department
Eastern Cape Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism


The Head of Department
North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment

All correspondence to the Scientific Authority should be addressed to


Department of Environmental Affairs


Chair of the Scientific Authority
Mr John Donaldson

Enforcement Authorities / Autoridades de observancia / Autorités de lutte contre la fraude


Ms Sonja Meintjes
Department of Environmental Affairs


Mr Phillemon Mosana
Department of Environmental Affairs



CITES Secretary General – John Scanlon –(The Big Boss)



Chief, Legal Affairs & Trade Policy – Marceil Yeater –



Chief, Enforcement Support – Ben Janse van Rensburg –(Hmmm, South African???)



Chief, Scientific Services – David Morgan –



Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan
Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Sec 21 NGO
Co-authors of:
Kalahari Dream
For the love of Wildlife

Clouded Leopards for Sale in Africa


Clouded Leopard Cubs For SaleWhile walking along the main road I noticed a Styrofoam box which was covered by a white rice sack and there was movement under the sack, I lifted it and found two baby clouded leopards. I took them out and played with them and we managed to film this setting for a few minutes before the owner appeared grabbed the cubs and threw them back in the box covered them up and carried the box away.

While filming, our guide/translator was approached by a lorry driver who had his vehicle parked nearby and had watched the scene. He came to tell us that if we were interested in wild cats and small cubs he knew a place where two small tigers were for sale.  Read the rest of this disturbing tale…

Updated 8/21/15:  This link no longer appears to go to the rest of the story though. It was an article that talked about how these endangered cats were openly traded in Africa.