Fathers Day 2016

Fathers Day 2016

I wonder how many people thought about Cecil the Lion this Father’s Day?

In a few days it will be the anniversary of a cruel event that made Cecil the “father” of the movement to end the importation of wildlife trophies into the U.S. and many other nations. On July 1, 2015 a rich dentist from the U.S. paid $50,000.00, lured the lion out of a protected reserve and shot him with an arrow.  It then took him 40 hours to find Cecil and gun him down.

Some good things came of this, including Delta, American and United Airlines, along with many others, making it their policy to NOT transport big game trophies on their flights.  1.2 million people signed a petition called “Justice for Cecil”, which asked the Zimbabwe government to stop issuing hunting permits for endangered animals.

lionphoto_jv038-2Five months after the killing of the Cecil, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added two species of lions, in India and western and central Africa, to the endangered species list. The listings would make it more difficult (though not impossible) for US citizen hunters to kill these protected lions.

All are good measures, but nothing will bring back Cecil to his pride.

I’m writing you from the airport in D.C. where we just spent the weekend at the Taking Action for Animals conference and then had meetings non stop, all day long, with legislator’s aides about our federal bill.  It’s called the Big Cat Public Safety Act and it will ban the private possession of big cats.  It will end the suffering, some as awful, and much more prolonged than what Cecil endured.

The timing couldn’t be better for you to email AND CALL your members of congress because they have been hearing about the bill all day.  All they need now is to know that people in their district actually care.  We have learned that they ignore petitions, and pretty much disregard form letters.  They want real letters and calls from their district and no one can do that but you.

Please take a moment out of your busy day to remember Cecil and to do what you can to end the suffering of big cats in the U.S. by sending those emails and making those calls.  We make it easy at BigCatAct.com where we hope you will change the wording a bit and also make the call when the zip code locator brings up your Senator and Member of Congress.

The beautiful image here was used by permission of Dean Russo Art. I love it because it immediately made me think of Cecil, the most beloved lion to ever live in the wild.  http://www.deanrussoart.com/#!dream-sequence-series/lydhk

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Dr Justin Boorstein

Dr Justin Boorstein

Dr Justin Boorstein

Justin BoorsteinDr. Justin Boorstein started out at Big Cat Rescue in December 2005 as an Intern who was studying veterinary medicine.  He became licensed to practice in Florida in 2012 and Dr. Wynn has been showing him the ropes at the sanctuary.

Dr. Wynn typically visits the sanctuary twice a week and when needed.

Dr. Boorstein has been spending his free time teaching volunteers and interns how to check fecals and has been helpful in our vaccinating schedules as well as emergency care.

Dr. Justin Boorstein works at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and rose to international fame as the doctor for the Zombie Cat or Zombie Kitty.  Zombie Cat, was a cat named Bart, who had been hit by a car, thought dead, buried and then clawed his way out of the grave to be discovered very much alive 5 days later.

More than 151,000 news reports circled the planet over Zombie Cat’s amazing journey to hell and back.

 

 

Zombi Cat or Zombie Kitty

See more about Dr. Justin Boorstein’s wild life here:  https://vimeo.com/41566377

In 2016 Dr. Justin Boorstein lectured to more than 200 vet students at an international conference.

DrJ ustin Boorstein Lectures 200 Vet Students2016

Pamela Rodriguez

Pamela Rodriguez

PAM RODRIGUEZ

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pam-RodriguezPam is a Green level partner, long time volunteer and generous donor who serves as an Independent Director.

She puts in an enormous amount of time in our gift shop and is known for her wonderful tours given in her sophisticated British accent.

Pamela has been vital in making sure new volunteers get a chance to visit with the cats.

Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary.

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In their role as a current board member this person is independent and is a voting member in 2016.

Kim Mahoney

Kim Mahoney

Kim Mahoney

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kim MahoneyKim has been a long time supporter of Big Cat Rescue and her education and credentials include a BSN, Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing at Kent State University.

She is the owner and CEO of St. Pete MRI which offers Diagnostic Imaging services: Sleep Lab, High field MRI, Open MRI, Ultrasound, XRay, CT. Special advanced technology with DTI, SWI,CTA, MRA and Breast Imaging. ACR and JCAHO Accredited.  http://saintpetemri.com/

Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary.

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In their role as a current board member this person is independent and is a voting member in 2016.

Vince Pavese

Vince Pavese

VINCE PAVESE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vince Pavese

In his capacity as COO of North America Card payments business for FIS, Vince oversees the day to day operations.Previously, he was Executive Vice President – International for Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a Fortune 500 company with over $6 billion in revenue. Earlier experience included roles at Certigy as Senior Vice President and Group Executive – International, and serving as Vice President Finance for Equifax Payment Services.

He served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Tampa from 2000-2006 and is now a board member and chairman elect at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Mr. Pavese earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting in 1977 from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida in 1984. He was a 1995 graduate of the Emory Goizueta Business School Executive Development Program.

Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary.

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Keith Lawless

Keith Lawless

KEITH LAWLESS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Keith LawlessKeith is Vice President and Market Manager, Cox Media Group Tampa.

The six area Cox Radio stations have provided enormous support to Big Cat Rescue in the form of public service radio spots featuring our events, tours of the sanctuary, and messages about the issues surrounding private ownership of big cats.

Keith Lawless always has some creative idea up his sleeve.

Meet the Big Cat Rescue Team. See a typical day at the sanctuary.

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In their role as a current board member this person is independent and is a voting member in 2016.