A Tale of Two Orphaned Bobcat Kittens
There are two more mouths to feed at Big Cat Rescue! Phoenix and Captiva are two little Florida bobcat kittens who both lost their moms recently. Click Read More to find out what we are doing to return these bobcats to their rightful home in the wild. Read More
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Do You Even Know How Powerful You Are?
When I checked in to speak for the Florida Panther at the FWC meeting last week, the agent at the desk said, "I saw you posted about this on Facebook. How many of your million fans are you expecting to show up today?" He was clearly worried because our numbers have made us an unstoppable force.
When you Like, comment, and share our social posts it is the same as asking Facebook to show the post in more peoples' feeds, which in turn helps get the cats' message out to more people. Even sharing a fun photo helps boost our overall reach, which means that when an important alert or educational post goes out, even more people will see it. Facebook scores us and rewards us with a higher reach when our posts consistently get more likes, comments, and shares.
I see a lot of you help newcomers by answering their questions and giving them links to our main website to back it up. You can't imagine how many times a day I see something like that and smile. Just remember that many people just don't know the facts about animal cruelty, so be patient and kind in your encounters, so that they want to be part of our community.
Another huge way to help big cats is to always be on the look out for opportunities to comment on news stories about exotic cats. Even if you don't have a Facebook page you can create accounts on the news sites to post your comments.
Top Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – June 2015
We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and contact one or more of the offenders below to politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless...together we can make a difference. If you learn of exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org.
No. 1 We were contacted recently by a South Korean journalist and animal activist who informed us that a huge amusement park run by Samsung (yes THAT Samsung) in South Korea called Everland Resort breeds and exploits white tigers. Their website also shows a number of other big cats. He tells Big Cat Rescue that the park “breeds white tigers constantly for their White Tiger Safari.” Please think twice about purchasing Samsung products. Please also politely let Everland Resorts know that here in the United Sates, the American Zoological Association (AZA) has banned the breeding of white tigers and white lions by their member zoos. Ask Everland Resorts to follow suit and STOP breeding white tigers.
Learn more about white tigers on our website: http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/
Send Everland Resort an email at this link: http://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/customer/qna.html
Comment on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/witheverland
No. 2 Domestic cats and kittens need your help! USDA is currently accepting comments regarding a petition asking USDA to require laboratories that experiment and conduct “research” on cats and other animals to provide specific information about how they are using the animals. Big Cat Rescue believes if more people become aware of the horrific abuse and torture cats are enduring, the public will no longer support such labs.
Please submit your comments IN FAVOR of AMENDING THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT TO REQUIRE LABS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC INFO ABOUT HOW THEY ARE USING ANIMALS here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0033
The deadline to submit a comment is Aug. 24, 2015.
No. 3 A new CBS television series called Zoo is debuting this month. Please do NOT watch this program. Real animals – including lions – were “rented” and used for most of the filming. Ironically, the premise of the show is about animals killing humans as revenge for the way we've treated them!
These days it is easy for television and movie productions to use computer-generated imagery (CGI) instead of real wild cats. Please email David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, and let him know that animal lovers do not want to see wild cats exploited in the name of entertainment. Tell him you will boycott the show until they replace the animals with CGI technology.
Email David Stapf at email@example.com
Comment on the Zoo Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ZooCBS
No. 4 Lions being hunted for trophies in Africa need your help! Ask Delta Airlines to join the growing list of international airlines that will no longer transport lion, tiger, elephant and rhino hunting trophies.
In just the last few weeks, several international airlines including South Africa Airways (SAA) and Emirates SkyCargo have banned the transport of endangered wildlife on flights out of Africa. This is a huge breakthrough in the international effort to stop both the canned hunting of captive-bred lions and the illegal slaughter of wild big cats in Africa!
Now it is Delta Airline’s turn to ban the transport of wild animal trophies. Delta Airlines is a major carrier with direct routes from South Africa to the United States. Trophy hunters from the United States are a major contributor to the loss of our precious wild cats in Africa. Please add your name to the pre-written form here and ask Delta to follow suit and show compassion for the wild animals of Africa: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51389/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14031
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