Summary of the Tiger Trade in FL
Is there a tiger in your neighborhood?
Probably, but the state doesn't want you to know
Florida leads the country in the number of breeders and dealers of exotic animals and also leads the nation in the number of killings, maulings and escapes by big cats. The reason Florida is such a haven for this activity is because, unlike other states, Floridians cannot appeal to their legislature to end it.
Back in the 1940’s Florida's constitution was amended to give the Fish and Read More
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Alan Green wrote Animal Underworld in 1999 which was, to my knowledge, the first documented expose on how it is that wild animals go from our nation’s most respected zoos into backyard cages, garages and basements as pets. His four year investigation culminated in the book that rocked the exotic animal industry in 1999 and validated much of what I suspected, but had not been able to prove.
The animals being bought and sold in flea markets and livestock auctions were surplus Read More
New York Post feature on The Lizard King
"THE LIZARD KING"
By BRYAN CHRISTY
In 1981, National Geographic ran a feature story on the illegal wildlife trade, including a photograph of a Thai animal dealer named Mr. Dang wearing a Burmese python, one of the most popular snakes in the US pet trade, one that usually retailed for about $80.
But Dang's snake was an albino, a striking yellow and white, and it caught the attentions of many. His albino snakes were stolen, sold through a New York importer Read More
Should big cats be kept on concrete?
Big Cats on the Menu
This page was devoted primarily to pending changes in Florida's captive wild animal rules, but even if you are not from Florida, this could make a big difference where you live because Florida currently produces more big cats than any other state. These cats are hauled all over the country, and sometimes even to foreign countries where people are not as concerned with protecting animals.
When the cats cats can no longer be used to support their owners they are often dumped along the Read More
Two tiger cubs on their way to Nay Aug
If on your next trip to the Genesis Wildlife Center your kids or grandkids turn to you and ask, “Where do baby tigers come from?” don’t be afraid to look them in the eye and give an earnest, grown-up answer — Oklahoma.
Two new tiger cubs are on their way to the Nay Aug Park wildlife sanctuary, where a beloved Siberian tiger died in May.
The approximately 11-week-old cubs, a boy and a girl, are being donated by the G.W. Exotic Animal Park, a conservancy and educational 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
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