5 Comments

  1. Tanja Pirttilä
    April 16, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    I wish people would use their brain when reading this instead of questioning every word. Big Cat Rescue is not the only organization using domestic rabbits as live prey. Reading all the comments from the bunny-people they don't seem to think using live prey is necessary at all. They don't understand that bobcats, especially young ones, need easy prey to realize how the killing works. That's what they do in the wild, too. I wish they would think with their own brains instead of just getting upset after seeing the headline.

  2. Tanja Pirttilä
    April 16, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    I wish people would use their brain when reading this instead of questioning every word. Big Cat Rescue is not the only organization using domestic rabbits as live prey. Reading all the comments from the bunny-people they don't seem to think using live prey is necessary at all. They don't understand that bobcats, especially young ones, need easy prey to realize how the killing works. That's what they do in the wild, too. I wish they would think with their own brains instead of just getting upset after seeing the headline.

  3. Carole Baskin
    August 22, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Have your daughter contact me about refunding her donation if she was told we do not feed live animals to our rehab bobcats. You didn't say when her tour was, but it may have been back before we were doing so. It could also be that the tour guide she had that day just didn't know that our rehab cats are fed live prey because only a couple of our keepers actually deal with the rehab cats. We have never fed live prey to our cats who were not candidates for release.

  4. Terri Dick
    March 26, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Thank you for your response & explanation, Carole. It’s difficult for those of us who share our lives & love with furry companions who also happen to be “prey” animals to accept the whole Circle of Life/Food Chain thing. However, there are many who recognize that nature is what it is and we need to think realistically & rationally in order to provide our various rescues with the best outcomes. I believe it is critical that members & volunteers of ALL rescue groups maintain a strict policy of mutual respect & consideration for the others’ missions & feelings no matter the creature you are working to save. That said, a picture of big cat rescuers holding dead rabbits & smiling would definitely upset rabbit rescuers & be considered disrespectful of their philosophy & mission (even when that is not the intent). Consider how your recuers would/do feel when viewing a photo of a dead big cat strung up with a smiling “hunter” standing next to it. Especially if the poor creature were specifically stocked at some stupid fenced in reserve so that some rich idiot can shoot it, get his picture taken with it, & then hang the head in his home to brag to all his friends what a man he is….ugh.
    Sadly, I know that ignorant, rude, & inconsiderate people will always be a reality, but that makes it even more important for us rescuers of all nature’s creatures to continue to educate the public and each other every chance we can. We need to encourage empathy, compassion, & mutual respect for each other & insist on the most humane treatment of ALL animals no matter their purpose in life.
    Thank you for allowing me a reply.

    • BCR
      March 26, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful post. The image is not posted on any of our sites. The people who try to cause trouble between animal rescue groups are the ones posting it and we have sued them for it, but lawsuits take years to wind their way through court.

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