Tiger Lilly

Tiger Lilly

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Tiger Lilly

Female Bobcat
DOB 4/30/95
Rescued 6/6/95


Tiger Lilly came to Big Cat Rescue on 6/6/95 along with Selena, Levi, Crazy Horse and the rest.

She too was to be slaughtered and her fur used for Trade show competitions.

It is possible that she and Divinity were litter mates – with their silvery fur they look almost identical. Where they differ is in their personalities. Divinity is fearless, whereas Tiger Lilly is elusive and shy. Through operant conditioning, slowly Tiger Lilly is becoming a more outgoing bobcat.


Tiger Lilly Bobcat When She Was a Kitten



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Most of our bobcats were rescues from fur farms.  The deal Our Co-Founder made with the three fur farms we discovered in the U.S. was that he would pay top dollar for every cat and kitten they had as long as the fur farmer would agree to never buy and breed cats again for slaughter.  It came at a time that the public outcry was against the fur industry.  Many of these animals were purchased at auctions where the uncaring owners were dumping the cats with no concern about their welfare.  There is much controversy over whether we did the right thing by paying the ransom for these cats.  We still accept many unwanted cats each year, but do not pay for them and typically require that their owner surrender their license, in an attempt to keep people from just trading in their cats each year for a newer, cuter model.  We have to turn away more than 100 cats each year due to a lack of space and funds and the lack of regulation of the exotic pet trade. Read more about our Evolution of Thought HERE




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Male Bobcat
4/30/95 – 8/21/15

Levi came to live at Big Cat Rescue in 1995 along with 10 other Bobcats who were destined to be the next year’s fur coat harvest. Our Co-Founder had stumbled upon a facility in Omaha Nebraska that was raising Bobcats and Canadian Lynx for the purpose of harvesting the cats for their fur.

In order to spare these cats, all of them were purchased from the breeder and brought to live at the sanctuary.

Levi was neutered and lived with Tiger Lilly.

Aug 21, 2015  Levi Bobcat was euthanized by Dr. Boorstein tonight.  He was dramatically losing weight, suffered from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, and advanced kidney disease.  Upon necropsy it was found that his kidneys were completely shriveled.  This was not apparent in our previous blood work because the medications he was on masked the extent of his kidney failure.  He was becoming increasingly anemic and dehydrated, despite being given sub q fluids repeated and injections to both stimulate his appetite and reduce his nausea.  Tonight Levi made it clear that he was ready to go, so Jamie and Dr. Justin helped ease him over to the other side.  He was twenty.  Read his tributes here:  https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/levi-bobcat

Levi Bobcat When He Was a Kitten





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Levi Bobcat Gets Netted



Levi Bobcat has been treated for kidney disease for a year or more, and lately his keepers say he’s acting weird.  Levi will usually launch himself aggressively at keepers and is always quick to come for food, treats and even his meds, because he wants to let you know that he’s the boss.  We decided to draw some blood and urine and see how his disease is progressing and if there is anything we can do to give him relief.

We tried catching him in his lockout, but that didn’t work, so Plan B is to net him, which no one wants to do because he is so scary.

What should I do with an old fur coat

What should I do with an old fur coat

Willow Siberian LynxJust about every day I am giving a tour, or overhearing a tour, or responding to a reporter and discussing the way that Big Cat Rescue started; which was in buying all of the cats off U.S. fur farms to end that trade. Since I am thinking about cats being killed for their coats almost every day, I forget sometimes that there are people out there who don’t realize the cruelty involved in all fur products, until I hear from someone like Leigh.

She wrote to me recently and said, “In going through many belongings, I came across something I’d almost forgotten about. I have a lynx coat which was a gift that I want to “dispose” of. I do not want to sell the coat or donate it to any organization that would resell it or auction it off to anyone that might wear it (as some people have suggested).

I no longer wear fur, have not for a long time, and am very depressed, disgusted and want to cry any time I look at this coat. I do not want to do anything to promote the wearing of it.

Other than burning it, (or burying as some friends have suggested), I’ve tried to think of some way that it can be put to use as an educational tool. I do not even want to think about how many animals went into the making of this thing.”

I was touched by Leigh’s letter. She had obviously learned a long time ago that there is no humane way to part an animal from his skin. I know that I naively believed that animals were shorn for coats and have heard many, many people tell me they thought their fur coats came from animals who had died from natural causes. I think a lot of people just don’t think about where fur comes from in order to justify wearing it.

Leigh obviously had spent a lot of time thinking about the origins of this coat and how to honor the cats who had died. By donating it to our Education Department we can use it as a teaching tool to explain how such coats are made, how to tell real fur from faux and to contrast how beautiful our lynx are and how ugly a person wearing their fur is to those who have respect for life.

In talking with Leigh we told her that our presentations are limited to cat issues, so if the fur turned out to be made of fox or other animals, then the only use we would have for it would be to cut it up for nesting materials for our rehab bobcats. Her response was as beautiful as she is, “I do not even want to think of how many beautiful lynx died to make nothing more than an embellishment for the human willing to pay for it. I’d rather them become animal bedding than that.”

Who knows how many precious animals may be spared the horrific lives of being farmed for their fur or trapped and killed for the trade because of Leigh’s thoughtfulness?

For years I had mink coats, that had been purchased as gifts for me by my late husband, in the back of my closet. I didn’t know what to do with them either. I wouldn’t think of wearing them, but didn’t want to give them away and have others stimulate the demand for fur by wearing them either.

Part of me; that part that was raised to eat everything on my plate because children were starving in China, was sickened as I took scissors to the coats and made them into cat beds, but by the time I was done, I felt liberated. I believe that if I had been the mink who were turned into those coats, I would be happy to be set free from the awful design that took my life and glad to be back in the circle of life that enables the survival of wildlife.

We only rehab bobcats here, and very few each year, so we have all the coats we can use, but if you have a fur coat in your closet there are a lot of wildlife rehabbers, or even domestic cat foster homes, who can use the fur for bedding.  You can get more information on those organizations here: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fur_fashion/fur_coats_for_cubs.html


Now at Big Cat Rescue Aug 10 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Aug 10 2014

Stop Bobcat Fur Farming

North Dakota fur farm moves to Montana

Posted: 09 Aug 2014 01:55 PM PDT

The Shultz wildcat farm relocates after oil drilling noise forces move.

One of the only known bobcat fur farms in the state has applied to relocate west, in central Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park is taking comments on the 150-foot-by-140-foot animal facility, proposed by owner Larry Schultz, where bobcats would be housed in separate pens.

According to the permit application, the location of the farm (if approved) will be:

5700 Romunstad Rd

Roy, Montana 59471

The proposed fur farm is located SW of Roy, south of Highway 191.

A few notes on the fur farm, from the permit application:

  • The bobcat pens are 4 feet by 6 feet, with 2 foot by 4 foot nesting boxes, and kept 30 inches off the ground.
  • The cages are constructed of poly-coated 10-guage mesh wire.
  • The animal pens are 1/8 mile from the house.
  • There will be a separate barn that is used for weaning bobcat kitten.
  • A second barn will be used for food preparation and storage.
  • An 8 foot tall chain link fence covers the facility’s north and south sides.

This farm was reported by the state of North Dakota in 2010 to house lynx. No mention of lynx is made on the Montana permit application. Either the facts were misreported by North Dakota (bobcats are often confused for lynx), the farm has stopped breeding lynx, or this detail was omitted from the application.

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One of our supporters found these excerpts from a previous news story about Schultz:

“Breeding bobcats in captivity is still relatively new so it’s been mostly a trial-and error learning process,” says Schultz, who began raising bobcats for their fur 13 years ago but has found that low fur prices and a growing demand for pets make it more profitable to sell kittens. In the last five years he has sold over 120 kittens as pets, working through a Minnesota broker who handles pet sales.

Timing is important to turn a bobcat into a good pet. “You have to take the kittens away from their mothers at 18 days of age and bottle-feed them for the next five to six weeks until they can drink on their own,” says Schultz. “You wouldn’t think a couple days would make much difference, but if you wait until they’re over 20 days, it’s too late. Kittens open their eyes at 14 days. At 18 days, their eyes are still milky colored and they can’t see anything. At 20 days they can see, and it’s too late for them to become pets.
“If they’re raised right they’re no different than a housecat. They’re very easy to litterbox train.”

“Within two days I lost 60 kittens when the mothers aborted…”

Schultz purchased his first six bobcats from a fur farm in Wyoming. After that, he and a friend Jim Anderson trapped more bobcats in the Badlands.

Females produce a litter every year and about half the females whose kittens are removed will breed again and produce a second litter that year.

When the adult cats are too old to reproduce, Schultz sells them for taxidermy or fur. Cats in the wild reproduce for 10 to 12 years, but ones in captivity can reproduce for as long as 20 years, he says. Prices range from $300 to $1,500. Schultz sold one bobcat to the Seattle Seahawks professional football team for $1,400.

So, that’s who we’re dealing with. A guy who feels that farming exotic cats is “just a different type of farming” (actual quote), as if animals were nothing more than corn or wheat. He even refers to his kittens as his “crop”.  And just look at those tiny, wire-floored cages, which Schultz clearly designed with his own convenience, instead of the cat’s welfare, in mind. He even had the gall to take cats from the wild when he wanted fresh “breeders”. Fortunately, he won’t be able to do that anymore, because Montana bans capturing wild bobcats with the intent of keeping them.

It’s also important to note that, in Montana, people who want to breed bobcats for the pet trade need to apply for the same “fur farm” license as people who want to breed the animals for their pelts, so a “fur farm” could be either an actual fur farm or a pet breeder (or, as in this case, both). The current permit request only mentions the commercial fur industry as the “purpose” for the farm, but it’s still possible that a few kittens might make their way into the pet industry.


What to Feed YOUR Cat?

caterpillar the catWe have a great story from Stefanie in Caracas, Venezuela, about how a cat named Caterpillar changed everything for her. She not only learned what to feed her cats – a bio-appropriate diet – she set out to help all the kitties in her city.

Read her story to see that one person really can make a difference.

It Started With a Caracas Cat Named Caterpillar

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Now at Big Cat Rescue April 19 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue April 19 2014

Cry of the Innocent

Fur Farm Fox
I want to live
I don’t want to die
They watch me suffer in a trap
I cry, but they won’t help me
I don’t know why
I want to live
I don’t want to die
They take me from my home
And lock me in a cage
I don’t know why

I want to live
I don’t want to die
They tie a rope around my neck
Drag my trembling body from the cage
I don’t know why

I want to live
I don’t want to die
They throw me to the ground
And beat me like they hate me
I don’t know why

I want to live
I don’t want to die
My body aches in pain
Their knife rips through my skin
I don’t know why

I want to live
I don’t want to die
Shivering, I am so cold
They throw me naked in the trash
I don’t know why

I want to live
I don’t want to die
I cry, but no one hears me
I take my last breath
And ask God why

© Kathleen Lowson. All Rights Reserved.
CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak is a precedent-setting documentary, probing into the deeper layers of the psyche to help heal the “condition of disconnect” of an egocentric society that perpetuates the holocaust of animals for personal gain.  The film will provide solution through the revelation of spiritual truth, which is the only path to transformation.The cruelty inflicted upon the innocent victims of the fur trade with no moral conscience or ethical boundaries is a violation of animal rights at its core.  It is clear that until the consciousness of society is brought to a higher place of understanding, the fight for animal welfare will continue with no end in sight.Without our voice, the animals have no voice.

Our trailers have screened around the world with precedent-setting media coverage, including China, the mecca of the notorious fur trade and one of the world’s largest suppliers of animal skins.

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Together, we can and will create transformational change.

Thank you on behalf of the animals.

Kathleen Lowson, Director
Cry of the Innocent: The Voices That Can’t Speak

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“Cry of the Innocent: The Voices that Can’t Speak is a monumental film and call to action that is a magnificent contribution to the animal rights movement.” – Dr. Shenita Etwaroo http://shenitaetwaroo.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-time-to-evolve-our-consciousness-is_31.html

A revealing new film explores the psychological and spiritual factors that contribute to animal cruelty in the fur industry. Rather than merely covering tales of brutality, Cry of the Innocent: The Voices That Can’t Speak interprets from the “soul perspective” in an attempt to explore the underlying source of animal abuse and the subsequent disconnection in society.  As Lowson has stated: “The power of respect will change our world” – respect for ourselves and respect for life.” -National Geographic News Watchhttp://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/18/cry-of-the-innocent/

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