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If you would like to help in any of these ways, please contact Edith.Parker@BigCatRescue.org
How to be an “Advocat”
We use the term “Advocat” to describe people who care enough about the plight of big cats to add their voice to help stop abuse of big cats. The six easy ways you can do this are listed below. Our successes prove the power of many people expressing their opinion. You are not helpless – your voice CAN make a real difference!
1. Receive Our Alerts and Take Action
Legislation. We have a very sophisticated online system that monitors laws related to big cats and makes it very easy for you to add your voice. It identifies your legislators for you automatically and provides a template that you can quickly edit and send asking them to support legislation that can improve the lives of the cats.
Abusive Exhibits. We also identify malls, fairs and other venues that permit abusive displays like the cub petting. When a venue is identified, we may send an alert asking Advocats to email that venue through our system objecting to the exhibit. Even if you are not in that geographic market, the volume of emails shows the venue that many members of the general public, i.e. their customers, oppose this abuse. While the exhibit may draw visitors who are not aware of the suffering that these exhibits inflict, the emails show that the venue is offending other customers, which is bad business. Dozens of venues have agreed to cancel these exhibits, or not have them in the future, after receiving thousands of emails from people like you who care.
Monthly Ezine. We also send a monthly email newsletter with updates about events at the sanctuary and advocacy issues. We do not rent, sell or trade your email address to anyone else. You can unsubscribe at any time.
This is a great way to help that takes little time and costs nothing. Over 80,000 people who care about big cats are now Advocats.
Sign up to receive these alerts in the Win an Animal Lover Dream Vacation, at right, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Periodically Visit CatLaws.com
CatLaws.com is the website where Big Cat Rescue’s system tracks relevant laws and venues allowing abusive exhibits and other issues where your voice can make a difference. Visit the site periodically to see if there are any issues you have not already acted on.
3. When You See a Big Cat Exhibit or Unaccredited Zoo
Be sensitive to your own patronage of places that add to the problem. When you see a cub or adult tiger exhibit, voice your objections to the management of the venue. Nothing is as powerful as real customers saying I won’t shop here anymore. If you do see a traveling exhibit, particularly one with cubs, report it to info@BigCatRescue.org. When you want to visit an animal facility, make sure it is an accredited zoo or real sanctuary, not a road side zoo or pseudo sanctuary where your patronage just adds to the problem.
4. Call and Fax Your Legislator
When there is a current bill, call your legislator and fax a personal letter. This takes more of your time than the email you sent from CatLaws.com, but if you can make the time, it is far more effective! The reason is that so few people do it. For every person who takes the time to call or fax, the legislator’s staff assume that many, many more people agree with that person but will not take the time to call or fax. One day when the Founder of Big Cat Rescue was in the reception area of one of her legislators before an appointment, one of staff ended a call and turned to the other staff person and said “that is the 12th call I’ve gotten today on that issue – people must really be worked up about it!” It takes very few phone calls or non form letter faxes to make a big impression. If a bill is not ready for immediate vote, you want to ask your legislator to “co-sponsor” the bill. That means they sign on in advance committing to vote for it. If the vote is imminent and your legislator is not a co-sponsor, you want to ask them to vote for the bill.
Canned Hunting Bill. At this writing, the current bill that needs your support is H.R. 2210, The Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011. It would end the horrible practice of “canned” hunting, including Internet hunting, where animals raised in captivity are shot like targets in a carnival booth. To help, read more at http://bigcatrescue.org/2011/hr-2210/ and ask your Representative to co-sponsor this bill.
5. Vote for Legislators who Support Animal Protection Legislation
At election time, support candidates who care about animals. You can see incumbents’ voting records on animal issues in the “Scorecard” maintained by the Humane Society Legislative Fund at www.hslf.org/humanescorecard/
Preventing cruelty to animals should not be a partisan issue. It should be an American issue.
6. Tell Your Friends
There is power in numbers! Please share this information with people you know. Ask them at least to join as Advocats and to avoid patronizing abusive venues, which takes little effort. Urge them to take the more proactive steps above and donate if they can. Use the shortened link below to send them to this page:
Thank you so much for your interest in adding your voice to stop abuse of exotic cats!
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To read past issues of our monthly ezine called The AdvoCat go to: The AdvoCat News
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