“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.
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.
Director, Lion Ark
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.
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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.”
We 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 –http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/feature/
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.
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!
“Stuff the Subaru”
Photos with Santa Paws and Mrs. Claus
Free Leashes & Collars with adoption
Free BBQ & Baked Goodies
Face Painting for Kids
Free Raffle with great prizes
PHOTOS WITH SANTA
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.
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.
While 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.
On this same day we handed out enrichment made by our wonderful Enrichment Team, that was made to look like Dragon Fruit and Dragon Fruit Lip Butter, in honor of the year long Body Shop campaign to support Big Cat Rescue through the sales of that item.
The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (S. 1381) was introduced into the U.S. Senate this past month by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The Bill is aimed at prohibiting private ownership and breeding of exotic cats such as lions, tigers and other dangerous wildcats.
The Bill is in large measure a response to repeated tragedies between humans and captive big cats, such as the episode in Zanesville, Ohio two years ago when the owner of a menagerie of exotic animals released his “pets” from their cages, leaving first responders with little choice but to shoot and kill 49 lions, tigers, bears and other exotics to protect public safety.
Fortunately, no people were killed or injured in this incident. However, since 1990, numerous dangerous incidents involving big cats have occurred in the U.S., including 21 human deaths, 246 maulings and 143 wildcat deaths. These tragedies underscore that these apex predators are simply not suitable as pets.
These tragic events are not limited to the harboring big cats as pets by individuals. Traveling zoos, petting farms and other commercial entities that keep wildcats captive also demonstrate that tragedies inevitably occur when unqualified people possess these animals. Last year, the Humane Society of the United States released the results of an investigation into GW Exotic Animal Park, where multiple dangerous incidents, resulting from allowing patrons to interact with wild predators, were recorded.
Apart from the threat to public safety, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is also a response to the welfare issue of the wildcats that are held captive – the victim of their exotic beauty. It has been estimated that upwards of 10,000 big cats like lions, tigers and cougars are held captive in private hands in the U.S. These animals oftentimes suffer from severe physiological and psychological health defects due to their captivity.
Privately owned lions
These magnificent creatures are trapped in a cycle of misery that begins with captive breeding by dealers, who strip the infant cubs from their mothers. The all too common scenario is that the owners discard these wildcats when they become too big, aggressive, or expensive to keep, or when the novelty wears-off. The cycle often ends with these animals living in pseudo-sanctuaries, such as unaccredited petting farms, since overburdened accredited sanctuaries (Accredited sanctuaries, such as Big Cat Rescue, do not permit commercial trade, propagation or direct contact between the public and the wildlife) seldom have the financial means to provide lifetime care. Many are shipped off to hunting ranches to be shot for trophies, while others are killed for their remains (primarily fur, food or Asian medicine). Such is the fate of many privately owned exotic cats that in some ancient cultures were revered as though they were gods.
Currently, there is a myriad of state and local laws that govern the harboring of exotic cats, which makes it difficult to enforce public safety and to protect the welfare of these animals. Reason suggests that a comprehensive federal ban is needed to address this nationwide problem, which too often spells disaster for humans and almost always results in a lifetime of misery for the innocent victims of the bizarre American subculture that callously disregards the laws of nature for their own self-aggrandizement.
According to Senator Blumenthal, “The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is a common-sense solution to a situation that has spiraled out of control. Thousands of dangerous big cats are kept in deplorable conditions as backyard pets and in roadside zoos across the nation. This bill would alleviate the threat these animals pose to the general public.”
The Bill would ensure that these endangered creatures do not threaten public safety or end up living in small cages, or chained, in someone’s backyard, basement or garage. Passage of this legislation would also help to prevent the undermining of wildlife conservation, resulting from private ownership of big cats, which contributes to illegal international wildlife trade.
The Bill, if penned into law, would close the sad chapter on the dual threats to public safety and the welfare of captive big cats that are victimized by being held captive as pets or commodities. The time is long past due to ensure public safety and to put an end to the suffering and abuse endured by these majestic animals and to respect their birthright to be wild and free.
The writer is an attorney-at law. He devotes his retirement to the cause of animal welfare through advocacy. The mission of the writer’s website [www.irafischer.com] is: Kindness and Compassion for Animals. The writer is a proud supporter of Big Cat Rescue and is a member of its Legacy Society.
This photo was from circa 2009 when Precious could get up in her tree. She’s had a stroke, at the age of 21, but has been working hard to get back on her feet and managed to do so recently. The photo below is Levi bobcat during a recent vet check up.
Food Prep Photos
The building was built by friends of Big Cat Rescue in 2003-2004 for $40,000. The lion’s share of the money raised to build it came from Jamie Veronica’s college fund, supplied by Jacqueline Norris, her great grandmother. Jacqueline was known to her grand children as Momma Jacquie, and thus the sign out front that says, Mamma Jacquie’s Cool Cat Cafe – Food Prep Center.
At the far left is the “rat room” and laundromat for the Cat Hospital next door. Live rats are raised there for the rehab bobcats. This area is screened for fresh air and is also where the hot water tank and water purification system is housed.
We later added on a metal roofed carport for golf cars, our beast wagon and our van.
The right end of the building is a carport styled “roof over” for the two walk in freezers. The small freezer is for whole prey and frozen treats for the cats. The larger freezer can hold 17,000 lbs of food and contains the ground diet, beef and chicken. Having these freezers under the roof will extend their lives.
The back of the freezers shows that the compressors are kept under the roof as well to protect them and the whole area around the freezers has hurricane panels cut for quick installation in the event of an emergency.
Behind Food Prep is a propane storage system and generator, donated by the Body Shop, to run Food Prep in the event of a loss of power.
Inside the main section of Food Prep is the computer where volunteers and staff log in and out for the day. It is also where another computer is set up for them to log their observations from feeding and cleaning the cats into the Intranet site for Big Cat Rescue. These entries send emails to the CEO, President, Operations Manager, Maintenance Team and Vet, with the full report of feces found, food left behind and any maintenance or veterinary issue that is observed.
Feeding supplies, such as paper plates, rubber gloves, paper towels etc. are on the top shelves in the back ground and cleaning supplies are on the bottom, so that there is no chance of something spilling and contaminating the food delivery products. At the left you can see stainless steel sinks and cutting boards where the food is chopped.
Behind the shelves is a huge walk in cooler that is the full width of the building. In the photo you can see an Intern carrying a box of frozen meat into the cooler where it will defrost for the following day.
Inside the walk in cooler are racks on the left for thawing whole prey and wrapped items and on the right is a stainless steel morgue table for draining the blood off the meat which is captured in buckets below. The walls are clad in an easy to clean water proof sheeting like you would see in a shower stall. A lot of our cats are on special diets due to old age and health issues, so the buckets on the rack in the back right of the photo are for creating those diets before the feed wagons leave the Food Prep area.
Special lights are needed inside freezers and coolers and are very expensive.
The stainless steel sinks wrap around three sides of the room. There is a lot of natural light in the room from windows and there are overhead lights as well. The floors are all tile and mopped down daily after feeding.
On the left is a cabinet for feed and bedding for the rats and stainless steel rat cages on the right. The washer, dryer, hot water tank and purification system are behind the rat cages. In order to keep vermin from entering this area, the screens are covered with a 1/4 wire mesh on a frame mounted to the outside of the room over the screened windows.
When another sanctuary asked for details about our nutrition center or food prep area, I figured I’d just post it here for anyone who is interested.
From our friends at HSUS:
California Restricts Bobcat Hunting and Bans Lead Shot
Today is an important day for wildlife protection in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed two pieces of legislation today thanks in no small part to all the hard work The HSUS and our supporters have put in to protecting California’s wildlife and people.
Gov. Brown’s signing of AB 711 means hunters in California will be required to use non-lead ammunition to stop the incidental poisoning of dozens of species, and stop these bullets from killing long after they have left the chamber. His signature on AB 1213 will add a no-trapping buffer zone for bobcats around Joshua Tree National Park and stop commercial trappers from catching and killing bobcats on private property without the consent of the property owner.
Our California State Director Jennifer Fearing says, “California has led the nation in creating humane laws, and today’s pair of actions by Governor Brown is an incredible victory for wildlife and humans alike.” Read more on my blog»
Thank you for all you do for California’s animals.
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States