Tonight 12/15/08 on HBO is the Premiere of Cat Dancers. It is the story about Ron and Doris Holiday and Chuck Lizzy who performed as the Cat Dancers and wrote a book by the same name. In 1998 Chuck and Doris were both killed a week or so apart by one of their tigers. Ron asked to come work for us to teach people to be tiger tamers. I told him "no" and he went to work, for the now defunct, Amazing Exotics.
Up until the spring of this year Amazing Exotics in Umatilla, FL, which was owned by Yvonne Finser, was still charging people thousands of dollars to come feed baby tigers and lions and charging people to have their pictures made posing with adult lions, tigers and leopards. No matter how much we complained to USDA and to Florida's Wildlife Conservation Commission, it seemed to fall on deaf ears. The last time I spoke with FWC, which was a month or so ago, they said that "Amazing Exotics was in the process of shutting down." Their web site is gone and I hope they have finally been closed down.
More photos of the reckless behavior here:
From the review I read this sounds like a fluff piece made to make these people look special. That would be a shame. There is no way to estimate the magnitude of abuse they encouraged during their lives and now, even after the ultimate proof that big cats are not props, their legacy may still cause people to fuel the tiger trade.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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