ed that he’ll shoot anyone who tries to take his animals away. Lillian Caudill used to run the roadside Faircloth Zoo in Bolivia, N.C., with her husband, but she was forced to close the zoo and relocate the animals. The rusty, decrepit zoo still has one resident, though: Shadow, a black bear. Lillian loves Shadow dearly but understands he would be happier in a more natural environment. Alison, accompanied by fellow actor and animal activist Billy McNamara, arranges for Shadow to be relocated to a local animal sanctuary.
Animal Intervention: Trouble With Bubba
Premieres Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
Alison and Donald make a trek out to the Amish countryside of Ashland, Ohio, to meet Denise Flores, who runs a private rescue for eight big cats. In the wake of a nationally covered animal incident in nearby Zanesville, Ohio, last October, the state is considering strict laws against owning exotic animals. Denise is worried about what this will mean for her operation, as she seems intent on keeping her cats. Alison and Donald then split up, heading to New York and Pennsylvania, respectively. Kathy Gilbert once had dreams of opening her own zoo, but is facing some serious health problems and feels she can no longer provide the care her animals deserve. Craig Lavelle fell in love with big cats as a kid at the carnival. He raised his Bengal tiger Bubba from a cub, envisioning a day he could open his own animal sanctuary. Unfortunately, Craig too found himself dealing with health problems and is now wrestling with the decision to let Bubba go.
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wild animals belong in the wild. The AZA monitors breeding programs. A white tiger is a genetic misfit! There are no breeding programs to breed these animals and return to the wild!
many organizations in the US, AND the world, say they are sanctuaries. THEY ARE NOT! True big cat sanctuaries will have the cats spayed or neutered, no continue breeding and selling. What kind of sanctuary is that? I suggest everyone watch these upcoming shows on Nat Geo. Privately captive animals DON'T HELP the return of them into the wild!!!!!!!!!!
Why isn't Karl Mitchell in jail?
USDA is understaffed and can only handle 1,000 cases per year, so they choose the worst and as bad as he is, I guess he didn't make their top 1000 list. In late 2011 USDA said they had a backlog of 2,000 cases and that they were going to just give 1000 of them a warning letter so that they could scale back to 1000 cases to deal with. The problem is that it meant no more cases would rise to the top in 2012 because they were already at their max. That is why the bad guys love to say that they are USDA inspected. It means almost nothing and they know USDA can't afford to stop them.