Selfie

Selfie

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Take the Tiger Selfie Challenge!

You remember the Ice Bucket Challenge, don’t you?  It was a crazy, popular way to raise awareness about  Lou Gherig’s Disease, that started in 2014 and has already raised more than 100,000 million dollars for ALS research.  Just yesterday Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—and challenged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to do the same. A full year later this form of public activism is still grabbing headlines.

Tiger Selfie Ad PhoneWhat if the cats had such a successful campaign to raise awareness about the suffering they endure for tiger selfies, lion selfies and liger selfies?

You KNOW we could end the pay to play schemes, once and for all, if everyone knew that posing with tiger cubs was Cruel NOT Cool!

The Tiger Selfie Challenge is a lot easier than the Ice Bucket Challenge.  (Cats wouldn’t want any part of dumping ice water on anyone)  All you have to do is buy the .99 cent Tiger Selfie App, snap some selfies, pick from an array of tiger photos in the app and post it to social sites.  The image you post tells your viewers why posing with real cubs is so cruel.  You aren’t asking your friends to donate huge sums of money; just to buy the app and share their own tiger selfie images to raise awareness.

The app developer has committed to donating half of the money to tiger sanctuaries to make sure the tigers have safe places to go once the world figures out that they should never support any organization that allows cub handling.

Cecil LionThe big cats need YOUR help in promoting the Tiger Selfie Challenge.  If Cecil the Lion touched your heart, then the Tiger Selfie Challenge is something you can do, right now, to end the abuse.  LionAid reports that 99% of the lions shot as trophies in S. Africa were born in cages.  The cubs are pimped out there, just like is done at tiger breeding mills in the U.S., and then when they get too big to use for the pay to play schemes they are turned out into a fenced area to be shot by trophy hunters.

The lions, tigers and ligers that are born in the U.S. tiger mills just disappear off the radar each year.  It is suspected that they end up being killed for their skins, bones, and teeth as well, but it is a network of criminals who operate with very little over sight.

YOU can end the abuse by taking the Tiger Selfie Challenge today and sharing it with everyone you know.  People love to share photos of themselves and the tiger overlays in the app make an image that they will want to share.

Think how easy it will be to pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Act this year if everyone in Congress has heard of, and maybe even taken, the Tiger Selfie Challenge!  This is an easy and fun action that you can take, right now, to make a difference!

Buy Tiger Selfie App

 

Be sure to use the hashtag #TigerSelfie so we can see your power in reaching the masses with this educational app.

Sorry, this is only available on iPhone, but visit TigerSelfieApp.com to let the developer know that you want it for Android.

Below is an example of how your tiger selfie can look.  In social streams, such as Facebook and Instagram the graphic changes from your image to the tiger cub handling message automatically, but on a web page you would have to click the play symbol.

 

 

 

Apollo

Apollo

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Apollo

Male Siberian Lynx
DOB 5/1/97
Rescued 6/24/97

Apollo the Siberian Lynx at Big Cat RescueApollo arrived at Big Cat Rescue with Zeus from a Canadian fur farm on 6/24/97.  Big Cat Rescue started in 1992 with the rescue of a single bobcat, named Windsong, which led to rescuing 56 bobcats and lynx the next year from a fur farm.  More than 100 exotic cats were rescued from being turned into fur coats under the agreement that Big Cat Rescue would pay top dollar for every cat if the fur farmers would stop breeding cats for their fur.

To our knowledge, there are no fur farms in the U.S. that still raise cats for fur and we were trying to end that practice in Canada with the rescue of Apollo and Zeus, back in 1997.

When Apollo arrived he had severe parasite issues, however, with good veterinary care and a nutritionally balanced diet he made major improvements very quickly.

He and his friend Zeus share a large shady enclosure. Although, you would not normally find two adult male lynxes living together in the wild, in captivity this is actually a form of enrichment, if they have been raised together.

They play together, groom each other, stalk ducks together and even sleep curled up next to each other. They have a habit of puffing air out of their noses when agitated, especially at feeding time. This behavior has earned them the nickname of “The Hufflepuffs.”

Sponsor Apollo here http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

Fur Farm Survivors

Lynx Fur Farm Survivors

Big Cat Rescue has already bought out every U.S. fur farm known to us and we would like to do the same with the Canadian ones. We determined, however, that in order to purchase the cats remaining at the known Canadian farm, and build barely adequate caging for them, it would have cost over $95,000. back in 1997.  Since then we have determined that we cannot rescue our way out of this problem and are devoting time and energy to changing laws to protect the animals.  Visit www.CatLaws.com to help.

 

World Lion Day 2015

World Lion Day 2015

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How are you celebrating World Lion Day?

World Lion Day

 

 

Thank you Jennalee Manning for this lovely way to celebrate World Lion Day!

 

 

Now at Big Cat Rescue Aug 08 2015

Now at Big Cat Rescue Aug 08 2015

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Big Cat Walkabout Video

This is a compilation of videos between June 30 and August 8 2015 at Big Cat Rescue.  It includes freshening up dens, a wedding staffed by volunteers, Kali Tiger, Sabre Leopard, Anasazi Bobcat, Cameron and Zabu the Lion and White Tiger, Little Feather Bobcat in slo-mo, Reise Cougar talking, JoJo the CaraVel, Joseph Lion ending his vacation, Jumanji Leopard getting a shot, Foster Kittens and ends with Amanda Tiger calling for her brothers.

Ban Bobcat Hunting

Ban Bobcat Hunting

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Kent Greene said we could share this letter he sent to the Illinois Governor. Please feel free to use in your efforts to ban bobcat hunting.

Please veto SB 106 / HB 352 a bill to allow over hunting of Illinois bobcats.

I photograph wildlife, including bobcats. Below video was shot in a SW Florida swamp while sitting on a bicycle. On another occasion, I talked quietly to a Bobcat and it fell asleep while I was filming.

I hunted in deep forests (PA/VA) 50 years and saw one bobcat. Killing these animals outdoors is no more difficult than shooting them in a petting zoo. Decide for yourself whether this is a sport.