Big Cat Updates
Apollo Lynx is quite happy to be back in his home enclosure.
Frosty Serval is very pleased to have been moved from inside the recovery hospital into the outside recovery cage. Here is Afton’s photo from 8/3/2018.
Check yesterday’s Big Cat Update to see Sue Messineo’s photo of Frosty getting a chicken cicle.
Little Nabisco Bobcat is still inside the recovery hospital where he can be kept quieter while he heals. Here is a photo Afton posted on August 3rd.
OH, WHAT FUN!!! Check out what Afton posted this morning!
I sat with Nabisco yesterday for about 10-15 minutes. He was chirping and purring, and then he laid by me. I noticed he kept looking up at the computer that had his Nest camera pulled up every time there was movement on it. So I pulled out a laptop with a dvd for animals to watch, and he just loved it!! -Afton 8/5/5018
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Part 2 of 8 - Why Regulating Conditions Under Which Big Cats Are Kept SIMPLY DOES NOT and CANNOT WORK
Class Unit: Why Regulations Won’t Work
Lesson: 2 of 8
There are federal regulations, and some state regulations, setting minimum standards of care. The question is whether these minimum standards are humane. For instance, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations allow two tigers to spend their entire lives in a cage that is 10’ x 20’ (200 square feet). That is smaller than the typical parallel parking spot (9’ x 24’).
The USDA federal rule for people owning the cats for commercial purposes (it does not apply to pet owners) does not specify the number of feet required for a big cat. It refers to the ability to stand and turn around, and lists factors an inspector should consider in making a judgment.
Based on what we see at facilities USDA inspects, a space no larger than what the Florida regulation requires is usually acceptable to USDA.
The regulations help by at least making even smaller cages illegal. But, to those who love these animals, the minimum standards are not humane. Keeping two adult tigers in a parking space would be like locking a human being in a small bathroom for life.
In contrast, the Global Federation of Sanctuaries, which sets standards for accredited sanctuaries, requires a minimum of 1,200 square feet of space for a big cat enclosure to be humane. That is six times the Florida legal minimum. In addition to being small, these legal cages usually have concrete floors. That makes it easy for the owners to clean because it can be sprayed with a hose.
Did you know that being on the hard surface is detrimental to the feet and bones of the cats? No compassionate human being could look at two tigers kept in a concrete, chain link cage the size of a parking space and ever conclude this is humane treatment of an intelligent, sentient being that needs mental stimulation and is built to roam and hunt.
Part 3 will post in tomorrow’s Big Cat Update and will further explain exactly why “Regulations Can’t and Won’t Work.” If you don’t want to wait, or if you missed previous lessons, you can join our Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/BigCatRescue/ and once there click or tap on the “Units” tab and then scroll down to the unit called “Why Regulations Won’t Work”
What is the Call of the Wild?
It is the most important thing you can do to help big cats!
The Call of the Wild is a quick call to your members of Congress to ask for their support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Put simply, the Big Cat Public Safety Act would:
- End the private ownership of big cats as pets,
- End cub petting (the main cause of big cat abuse),
- Limit exhibitors to those who do not repeatedly violate the law.
It is not often in our daily lives that we get to do something that really makes a difference, but you can make a difference with one call.
The only way the Big Cat Public Safety Act will pass is if legislators hear that enough of their constituents care about this issue.
Government, Legislation, and the Big Cat Public Safety Act
This 20-minute presentation by our Director of Outreach, Jennifer Leon, is a go-to overview of government basics and how a law is passed. It also explains why our federal bill, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, is necessary and why it is the key to ending big cat abuse. Just click play to watch!
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The Big Cat Times - Summer 2018 Edition
Yoga at Big Cat Rescue
“Come enjoy yoga at Big Cat Rescue! On August 12, 2018, at 9am, Lauren Nunn of The Keep Yoga and Circus Arts and Teach Peace Yoga will be leading us in some relaxing yoga for all levels. Sarah Copel, a volunteer senior keeper at Big Cat Rescue will be there to chat about cats. Open to yogis, cat lovers, and anyone curious!
With a minimum suggested donation of $15, all proceeds will benefit Big Cat Rescue, AND you will receive a coupon for 10% off Big Cat Rescue’s gift shop! In addition, The Grind Coffee Bar is donating 10% off coupons! It’s located ten minutes away on W Linebaugh Ave in Tampa.
We’ll be set up on a field behind Big Cat Rescue’s Meadowview Circle North’s entrance (8011 Meadowview Cir N, Tampa, FL 33625). We will have a stunning view of a few enclosures and a lake. BYOM (bring your own mat) but also some will be provided if you need them! Please wear light-weight clothes you can move in easily, and we recommend you apply sunscreen in advance as we will be outside.
Feel free to go to the gift shop afterwards to check out our merchandise and learn more about the sanctuary. If you are attending, please respond “yes” in the Facebook event:
For more information, contact Sarah Copel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t wait to see you there!”