Today at Big Cat Rescue Feb 4 2013

USDA Cracks Down on Traveling Acts

Here’s the great part about the following article:

If cub petting displays have to identify their cubs by name, sex, age, species and identifying markings AND has to reveal who the real owners of the cubs are, then it will be easier for USDA to catch them when cubs disappear and it will be easier for USDA to see that they are using the cubs too young (under 8 weeks according to the USDA Big Cat FAQ) and too old (according to USDA court cases where they found 12 weeks to be the oldest allowed.)

 

USDA Publishes Final Rule to Help Ensure Health of Animals While Traveling

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has amended the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to require traveling exhibitors to submit itineraries to the agency 48 hours in advance of travel so that inspectors will know where regulated animals are located.

“This rule will help APHIS ensure animals are receiving humane care and treatment while they are away from their main facility,” APHIS Acting Administrator Kevin Shea.

In the final rule, APHIS has clarified that only those exhibitors traveling overnight or longer away from the main facility would need to provide itinerary information. The itineraries must include:

  • the name and license/registration number under the AWA of the person who will exhibit the animals, and the name of the person who owns the animals if any animals are leased, borrowed or loaned;
  • the name, identification number or identifying characteristics, species (common or scientific name), sex and age of each animal;
  • the dates and locations where the animals will travel, be housed, and be exhibited, and including all anticipated dates and locations for any stops and layovers.

Exhibitors can choose to submit their itineraries via fax, USPS mail, or e-mail.

Questions and Answers regarding this rule and an optional itinerary form are accessible from the Animal Welfare web site.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/Itinerary_Submission_final_rule.shtml

 

There are less than 100 USDA inspectors (closer to 50 in 2013 who actually deal with wild animals) to try and keep track of all of these cub petting schemes, but it is a start in the right direction.  What USDA needs to do, in order to protect the animals and the public is to ban public contact with exotic cats altogether.  We believe that they can do so under their current authority and along with the Big Cat Coalition have submitted a formal 70 page petition spelling that out for them.

 

Apache Bobcat Loves Spice Bag

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Feb 2 2013

Big Cats Need a Vacation!

 

Tigers, Lions, Leopards and more are all waiting to go on vacation!
Please donate here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Bigcatvacation

You may be wondering: How will Big Cat Rescue’s cats be able to go on vacation? Well, we have recently received zoning approval to build a huge 2.5 acre enclosure on the Southwest end of our 55-acre property. It’s been our dream for years to be able to construct a special enclosure that can be used to rotate cats in and out of their permanent enclosures. Once construction is complete, the cats will enjoy two-week vacations in the new surroundings of our Vacation Rotation enclosure!

It will cost approximately $200,000 to build this 111,600 square-foot dream enclosure for our cats. We have already begun to erect the poles for the perimeter and assemble the materials we will require. To wrap our heads around how HUGE 111,000 square feet actually is, we’ve listed suggested donation amounts as they relate to rooms in a typical home. Your donations now will allow us to continue to move forward with this project, which we estimate will take six months to complete.

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Feb 2 2013

 

Alexander Crispin Killed by Tiger During Circus Act

 

http://youtu.be/BD90B1kqGR4

 

Police say that Alexander Crispin, 35, died after being attacked by his tiger inside the Suarez circus tent.  Crispin, who was originally from the United States and worked as a tiger tamer, was bitten on the neck by the enraged animal in the middle of the show.  Crispin was taken by ambulance to the Red Cross hospital Huatabampo, Sonora where he died while receiving medical care, as a result of hypovolemic shock.  Hysterical spectators ran out of the scene during the attack.  It is believed that the tiger was killed during the struggle when beating him did not cause him to release Crispin.

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 31 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 31 2013

Servals need your voice!

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 31 2013The Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee, FL will run from Feb. 8-17. The fair is scheduled to have an “exotic petting zoo” where visitors can pet animals, include servals. There is also a “Great Little Bear Show” during which an adult bear is forced to perform. Would you please contact the fair’s General Manager, Dawn Rowe, to let her know that animal lovers do NOT want to see exotic cats and bears exploited as entertainment and used to make money!

 

Dawn Rowe 321-697-3050 kvls@osceolacountyfair.com

 

You can also politely post comments on the Osceola County Fair Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Osceola-County-Fair-KVLS/148131945227058?fref=ts

 

And on the Facebook page of the fair’s major sponsor,Southern Ford Dealers, at https://www.facebook.com/YourSouthernFordDealers?fref=ts

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 31 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 28 2013

Putting an E-collar on Santino Serval

 

 

Dr Justin, Jamie and Gale Putting an ecollar on Santino Serval at Big Cat Rescue to keep him from licking at the injection site on his back where he was treated for liver inflammation.  Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 28 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 27 2013

 

Santino Serval Goes to Vet

 

 

Santino Serval has been on Marin for the past year and eagerly takes his meds in meat each night, so when he didn’t want to get up for Angie last night, she called Gale, who called Dr Wynn, resulting in a request to bring him in to Ehrlich Animal Hospital. Gale easily netted him as he felt to bad to put up a fight and she and Chris scooted him into the squeeze cage.

Upon arrival, Santino was sedated by Dr Danielson so that all would be ready to roll as Dr Wynn arrived. Heather Wade drew blood, did X-rays and helped with the sonogram. The liver and one kidney were enlarged so he is being treated with antibiotics until his pathology slide results come in, which probably won’t be until Wednesday. During the sonogram Dr Wynn found fluid filled cysts in the liver and was able to aspirate some of the fluid for testing.

He had a temperature of 103 so it looks like his body is trying to fight this, which is a good indicator that it won’t be cancer. That is what we are hoping, anyway.