Cat Chat 50

Cat Chat 50

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Carole Baskin Stanley Bronstein

 

 

Stanley F. Bronstein is an Attorney, CPA, Author & Certified Laws of Positioning® Coach. He interviewed Carole Baskin for a segment that he calls Interviews That Will Change Your Life. Be sure to check out hundreds of other inspiring stories at: http://superchangeyourlife.com/interviews/

 

Join Big Cat Rescue’s Carole Baskin and her cat experts from around the globe.

 

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Transcript of opening:

Carole Baskin left home at the age of 15 as a high school drop out.  She was bored out of her mind in school and wanted to go to work to help her family which was struggling financially, but her parents wanted her to stay in school.  She left home so that she would not continue to be a financial burden and spent many nights sleeping under cars, eating out of dumpsters and living on the street until she was able to earn enough money to put a roof over her head.  She couldn’t tell her employers her age and couldn’t provide a social security number, so she changed jobs frequently, but worked ridiculously long hours to try and get ahead.

There was something chasing her that insisted she had to be financially secure and she didn’t know why, but she knew she would need to have a business that would support that calling.  In 1980 she gave birth to her daughter and only child and began a career in real estate investment using other people’s money.  Her real estate business grew rapidly to a multi million dollar business that gave her the freedom to do the work that she discovered to be her calling; ending the abuse and trade in big cats.

Carole Baskin is the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. She runs a real estate business and manages 100+ volunteers and interns from around the world and 14 staff. She has run this Tampa based non profit since 1992 and has garnered international attention to the plight of captive big cats on CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery, U.S. News & World Report, People Magazine, The Today Show, Sports Illustrated, all of the local media outlets and many more national and international programs. She is the host of the Cat Chat Show, a weekly, live interview with cat experts from around the world.

She has lectured in Costa Rica, Panama and many cities across the U.S. on cage construction, legislative affairs, and sanctuary standards in Universities, Law Colleges, and in numerous animal association conferences. Her efforts, combined with many others of like mind, have resulted in the 2003 passage of the Captive Wild Animal Safety Act which made it illegal to sell a big cat across state lines as a pet, the 2009 requirement that those in Florida who possess Class I animals must post a $10,000 bond and the reclassification of a cougar to Class I, making it illegal to own as a pet in FL.

As part of the Big Cat Coalition she has worked with The International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the United States, Born Free, the World Wildlife Fund, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Wild Cat Conservation Legal Aid Society, World Council for Animal Rights, the Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Together they represent more than 18 million supporters.

The coalition formed in 2011 and decided on a three prong approach to ending the abuse of tigers including; Closing the generic tiger loophole at the USFWS, Asking USDA to close the 4 week window of cub petting and a federal bill that ends the breeding and trade in big cats outside of AZA zoos. By 2013 the USFWS and the USDA had put the group’s suggestions on the Federal Register for public comment and had received nearly 30,000 comments in support. The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, a federal bill to stop public handling of big cats and their cubs and ending the private possession of big cats had 5 Senate cosponsors and 92 cosponsors in the House and is poised for passage.

Carole Baskin’s mission is to end the trade in exotic cats and thus put herself out of business.

How to Join a Google Hangout

How to Join a Google Hangout

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It seems to be a lot easier to start a Google Hangout than to Join One

 

For my Cat Chat guests, here is what you will need to join me on a Live Google Hangout on Air:

If we haven’t already picked a time, please do so here:  https://www.timetrade.com/book/VQ7N6

You will need a gmail account, a webcam (usually preinstalled on any laptop) or a device, like the Logitech c910 and a good Internet connection.  
 
You will also need a cheap headset; just the two little earbuds and wire that plug into your smart phone or music player are fine.  Your computer, or the c910 will pick up your audio but if you don’t have the headset plugged into the audio jack, the feedback makes the sound unbearable to the audience, even though it will sound fine to you and me.  
 
You won’t be able to see the Google Hangout invitation from me, unless you have Big Cat Rescue in your google circles, so before the show you should create a gmail account, and then go to Big Cat Rescue’s page here:  https://plus.google.com/+bigcatrescue  and Follow us.
 
You should also, in that same drop down menu, put us in a “circle” because at the time of the invite it will say that we have to be in one of your circles, so doing it now will save a step right before the show.
 

The screenshots below will show you what to expect.  

 
A half hour before the show I will send you an email inviting you to join the live hangout.  See the top bolded email that I sent to myself below? Click on the email.
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The email will look like this:

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For your first Hangout you will need to download Hangouts by clicking the blue button that says Download Hangouts:

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Then click Join Hangout after your download has installed.

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You will get a screen that warns you not to show anything that is copyright protected and you will have to click the checkbox and then click Join:

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If you are successful you should see me:

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Nothing makes Cat Chat more vivid than lots of cat pictures, so if you have pictures that you want to share of your cats, please email them to me 2 days before the show so I can get them uploaded to the show page.
 
This is pretty much an hour of you telling people whatever you would like them to know about you, how you started, why you do what you do, what the challenges and rewards are, etc.?
 
I am looking forward to chatting with you!

For the cats,Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
Carole.Baskin@BigCatRescue.org
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
Office 813.920.4130 Cell 813.493.4564 Fax 885.4457Celebrating 20 Years (1992-2012) of Caring for cats ♥ Ending the trade
Cat Chat 47

Cat Chat 47

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Intern Karma Hurworth joins Carole Baskin on this episode of Cat Chat to talk about what inspired a 52 year old woman to give up everything, drive from Oregon to Florida, and commit to the grueling schedule of being an intern at the sanctuary.

Karma will be looking for employment as a vet tech in 2014 in the Tampa area and is a mature, hard worker with lots of experience.  She can be contacted via email address: twonthesaddle@yahoo.com or cell number is 541-408-3010

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Cat Chat 44

Cat Chat 44

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Tammy Thies, the Founder and Executive Director of the Wildcat Sanctuary is our guest and is interviewed by Volunteer, Kathryn Quaas, due to poor Internet connectivity in Sandstone, MN.

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This is an example of the clever videos you can see at the Wildcat Sanctuary’s YouTube Channel.

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Cat Chat 43

Cat Chat 43

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Lisa Horsborough shares her experience from volunteering at a facility in South Africa that claimed to be raising white lions and golden lion cubs for release into Kruger National Park.

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Cat Chat 43 talks about the practice of raising white lion cubs, walking with lions and cub handling in South African lodges.

To find out what happens to cubs raised by humans when they are too big to handle:  CannedLion.org

Join us in the March for Lions event to raise awareness about the plight of lions:  MarchForLions.com

Join Big Cat Rescue’s Carole Baskin and her cat experts from around the globe.

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In 44 cities around the world, from Stockholm to Sao Paolo, from Vancouver to Melbourne, Hong Kong to Cape Town.

ROAR FOR A CAUSE

 

If you are not marching, and even if you are, write protest letters and send emails to all the national and provincial authorities whose contact details are listed in this newsletter:

 

Ask the SA government to ban lion farming and trophy hunting;

if in EU, lobby the European Commission to ban the import of trophies;

if in USA, write to US Fish and Wildlife calling on it to raise the status of lions to ‘endangered.’ That would stop the import of lion trophies there.

Canned Lion Before After

Why are we marching?

The SA canned lion industry is one whose whole business model is cruelty to helpless animals.

The cycle of cruelty starts at birth, and the callous practices brought in from factory farming. A miserable life in captivity ends with a violent death at the hands of sadistic hunting thugs.

This brutal enterprise is hidden from public view by hunting propaganda, which is designed to whitewash the sickening details. And, incredibly, the propaganda is promoted by the SA government.

Concerned citizens are routinely assured by both SA government officials and PHASA that: ‘canned hunting is not permitted in SA.’
Lies, lies and more lies.

Propaganda tries to cloud the issue by arbitrarily adopting a definition as narrow as a knife edge, and then denying that killing a tame lion in a larger camp is ‘canned hunting.’ But even some hunters are complaining about this public relations gimmick.

On any sensible definition,all hunts of captive – bred lions in SA are canned hunts.

About 1,000 lions are canned hunted annually in S.A. – about 3 per day.

Who is organising?

For an idea of what the marches will look like, and to see photos of some of the organisers, click on this link here.Organisers and marches.

To see a list of the 44 cities where marches will take place click here:List of cities

To read more about the march, and to see a list of all the cities, go to: GlobalMarch4Lions

Why lion farming and Canned Lion hunting should be banned:

1. Well let’s start with the cruelty.  Bow hunting of tame lions is permitted in some provinces. Imagine the public outcry if farmers allowed hunters to come on to livestock farms and shoot sheep and cattle for sport?

2. It is causing a backlash against tourism to South Africa. Ethical tourists are already boycotting SA, causing losses to the legitimate tourism industry. These boycotts will surely increase over time.

3. It is a wasteful use of land and resources for no public benefit outside the narrow commercial interests of the hunting industry.

4. Private deals with rich foreigners give plenty of opportunities to unscrupulous soldiers of fortune for fraud and foreign currency swindles. Forensic audits need to be conducted across the industry, to protect the fiscus.

6. It is fraudulent at so many levels, right down to the sale of lion bones as tiger bone wine or cake, that have no proven medicinal value. Read Millions of dollars for old bones

On our website www.cannedlion.org you’ll find all you need to know about canned hunting, with a selection of relevant TV videos.

South African Government Email addresses

1a) Ms Olga Kumalo
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email:http:// okumalo@environment.gov.za

1b)Mr Mpho Tjiane
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email:mtjiane@environment.gov.za

The Chief Executive Officer
KwaZulu Natal Wildlife
Email: permits@kznncs.org.za; sharronh@kznncs.org.za

The Chief Executive Officer
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
Email: jan@mtpa.co.za

The Head of Department
Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs
Email: nel@dteea.fs.gov.za; boing@dteea.fs.gov.za

The Head of Department
Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Email:lydia.onsongo@gauteng.gov.za

The Head of Department
Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation
Email:dpaulse@half.ncape.gov.za

The Head of Department
Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
Email: cites@ledet.gov.za

The Head of Department
Eastern Cape Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism
Email:noluthando.bam@deaet.ecape.gov.za

The Head of Department
North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment
Email: bdiole@nwpg.gov.za

Chair of the Scientific Authority
Mr John Donaldson
Email: j.donaldson@sanbi.org.za

Ms Motlalepule Rosho
Email: moikabin@yahoo.com

MEC North West Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
Premier North West Thandi Modise -premiermodise@nwpg.gov.za

Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Minister of Tourism -ministry@tourism.gov.za

1 Ms Sonja Meintjes
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email:smeintjes@environment.gov.za

2 Mr Phillemon Mosana
Department of Environmental Affairs
Email:pmosana@environment.gov.za

CITES INTERNATIONAL.

CITES Secretary General – John Scanlon
Email: john.scanlon@cites.org

Chief, Legal Affairs & Trade Policy – Marceil Yeater –
Email: marceil.yeater@cites.org

Chief, Enforcement Support – Ben Janse van Rensburg
Email:ben.jvanrensburg@cites.org

Chief, Scientific Services – David Morgan –
Email: david.morgan@cites.org