Carole Baskin Dancing With The Stars

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Is Carole Baskin Really Going To Be On Dancing With The Stars?

Yes, it’s true; Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, is going to be dancing her heart out on Dancing With The Stars!  Good Morning America confirmed what the rumor mills have been saying for weeks and what the cats have been sworn to keep under their cat hats.  The next question might be,

“How did that happen?”

After Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness engrossed the mostly captive audience of people around the world, who were just starting to see the effects of a global pandemic, the media couldn’t get enough.  186 media outlets contacted Big Cat Rescue over the next few days and most were wanting a reaction to the producer’s portrayal of an animal abusing, tiger killing, hitman hiring, liar being portrayed as a sympathetic character, while the animal welfare activist, Carole Baskin was portrayed as the villain.  Howard Baskin and Carole Baskin decided that the media couldn’t right that wrong with typical sound bites and are working on a more encompassing response.  Meanwhile, Jamie Veronica Murdock, President of Big Cat Rescue and co-founder with Carole Baskin, urged her mom to accept two of the proposals.

One was the Jimmy Fallon Show, which turned out to be a prank and NOT the Jimmy Fallon Show and the other was Dancing With The Stars.

Carole Baskin had originally declined the offer from Dancing With The Stars because she can’t dance, but when Jamie heard about it, she insisted her mother hear them out.  Jamie said, "I want people to see what a fun and kind person my mom really is."

During the call with Deena Katz, of Dancing With The Stars, Carole relayed her concern that she didn’t know how to dance, but Katz insisted her pro dancers could change all that in no time.  A lot of things would change this year for the cast and crew as COVID-19 is a real threat, but by the end of a few weeks everything was in place to insure the safety of all involved.  Carole began intensifying her workouts in virtual reality with the Supernatural app and began watching every dance tutorial she could find online.  She swore Big Cat Rescue’s board member, Lynda Licht to secrecy and took some quick lessons from her in ballroom dancing, stretches and exercises to prepare her for weeks of intensive training with the professional dance partner that she’d meet on September 1, 2020 for the first time.

Howard Baskin and Carole Baskin have been battling big cat abuse together since 2003 when they met and he joined the volunteer pool at what was then called Wildlife on Easy Street.  Since that time they've never been apart for more than a few days.  Howard Baskin stayed behind to care for their two feral cats, Pearlie and Mae and to continue handling legislative matters, legal issues and a myriad of other sanctuary related tasks.  Big Cat Rescue closed their gates to visitors on March 15, 2020 in the wake of COVID-19 and the negative fallout from Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness.  That resulted in a loss of 1/3 of the income and the staff had to be cut from 20 to 10.  The Baskins stopped taking paychecks for their roles, and like all of the remaining staff and volunteers had to take on twice the work.

The next question you might have is,

“Why would Carole Baskin accept such a time consuming commitment?”

Carole answers that saying, “I’m going to put my heart and soul into winning the Mirror Ball because the longer I can stay on the show, the more the plight of big cats will be kept in the public eye.  We are so close to ending the abuse of captive big cats, through passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act.  We just have to keep in on the minds of our Congressional leaders until it’s brought to the floor for a vote.  I’m hoping that seeing me go way out of my comfort zone will encourage everyone to call their Senators and House members in support of our bill at BigCatAct.com"


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  1. Karen Deakins

    September 2, 2020 at 9:52 am

    What in the name of cats are you thinking? That puts you right up there with reality tv and all your detractors will have more to laugh at you about. You are a strong, resilient woman I will say that.

  2. Corri Blank

    September 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Good luck Carol! I know how shy you are and this is a huge “dance step” to bring more attention to the BCPSA and the future!!

  3. Amy

    September 2, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I think this is awesome. I watch DWTS every year. Until now, the only one I was looking forward to seeing, was A.J McClean. I am so excited. Just dance with your whole heart and soul.

  4. Crystal

    September 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    So proud of you Carole for stepping out of your comfort zone. My hopes are in time it will help change people’s minds about you from the garbage on Tiger King. Good luck!

  5. Donna Keeley

    September 2, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I think this is an extremely bad decision. The memes and snark about her killing her former husband are resurfacing at a time when most people had forgotten about it. Carole is putting herself out there to be mocked, which in turn erodes respect for BCR. I’m horrified by this. You need better PR people.

  6. Lynne Wilson

    September 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Loved seeing Pearly. She has grown into a Beautiful Big Cat.
    Best of luck Carole. Enjoy yourself and have a great time. Ballroom dancing is fun and great exercise. The fact that you are a bike rider is great because you have great leg strength.
    Love you and everyone that cares for all the Big Cats. I follow BCR on a daily basis. Yours is a great facility. I hope that one day you will open to the public again. I will be there.
    Best wishes enjoy yourself.

  7. Helen Pantuso

    September 2, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    So proud of your courage! Hopefully the rest of the world will come to see the caring, committed, funny, smart lady your BCR family has come to know!

  8. Deborah Anderson-Clarke

    September 7, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Good luck with the dancing! I’ve been so distraught over the horrible press after Tiger King aired knowing what great work you and your crew do! Hopefully this exposure will educate the public on your great works!

  9. Kate Anderson

    September 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    So proud of Carole and so excited to watch her dance for the cats! It’s such a great opportunity to educate the general public about the BCPSA, BCR and about what a wonderful person Carole really is! Can’t wait to cheer her on!

  10. Sonya

    September 11, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Fantastic thanks to you that these cats have you by there side and feed them get you play with them to and so much more thank again these cats get to live the life with you till the end

  11. Christine Garcia

    September 14, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I’m so happy that the big cats are going to be getting the attention they need through Carol. Hopefully this will get the big cat act passed with ease.

  12. JOAN SILACO

    September 16, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I SAW LAST YEAR, SEAN SPICER WAS ON WAY BEYOND HIS TIME, ONLY BECAUSE PEOPLE CALLED IN. HOPEFULLY, IF PEOPLE CALL IN,YOU WILL HAVE THE SAME EFFECT. I’M ROOTING FOR YOU, CAROLE, MAKE US AND THE BIG CATS PROUD!

  13. Elsy Shallman

    September 17, 2020 at 3:48 am

    I’m rooting for Carole all the way. I’m only sorry I cannot vote for her since I no longer live in The USA. Go Carole go!

  14. JoAnn Weiss

    September 18, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Sorry, but I think this is a really bad idea. It just opens you up to more criticism. As for her daughter thinking it will show how nice her mom is, well, you don’t talk much on dancing with the stars. Just will cause BCR to look like a joke. I’m very disappointed in this. I’ve been defending BCR since that stupid, “Tiger King,” and now I don’t know if I can anymore.

  15. Linda Martin

    September 29, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Dear Carole, I’m watching you on DWTS but hat is not what I am most interested in. Of course, I have heard all the media but I don’t judge nor am I interested in any of that. I am PASSIONATE about cats. I wish I could come to your sanctuary and see them. I’ve watched this human “animal” Joe Exotic and that’s how I came to know the story. The man is an animal abuser and I hope he never gets out! I have wanted to buy an African Serval but I believe with you that human should not own servals as house pets. I just want to have the experience of holding one. I have owned a savannah F5 and I lost her.
    I want to find someway, even driving to see your sanctuary. That is my dream and I hope one day get my wish.
    Linda Martin

  16. Linda Martin

    September 29, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Dear Carole, I’m watching you on DWTS but hat is not what I am most interested in. Of course, I have heard all the media but I don’t judge nor am I interested in any of that. I am PASSIONATE about cats. I wish I could come to your sanctuary and see them. I’ve watched this human “animal” Joe Exotic and that’s how I came to know the story. The man is an animal abuser and I hope he never gets out! I have wanted to buy an African Serval but I believe with you that human should not own servals as house pets. I just want to have the experience of holding one. I have owned a savannah F5 and I lost her.
    I want to find someway, even driving to see your sanctuary and visit the cats. That is my dream and I hope one day get my wish.
    Linda Martin

  17. May Nace

    September 29, 2020 at 8:37 am

    HI Mrs Carol am a Animal Rights Advocate for the voiceless and the wildlife including but limiting too our Big Cats even before joining BCR ,I SREAD AWARNESS AN MADE CALLS TO THE WILD INSISTING THAT THE HOUSE WILL PUT AN PASS THE ENDING OF CUB PETTING CANNED LION HUNTING, AN LAWS PASSED TO PROTECT ALL THE BIG CATS IN THE WILD LET THEM BE PROTECTED AN LET THEM LIVE AN HAVE GENERATIONS OF BIG CATS WITHOUT FEAR THEY WILL BE SHOT,TO THIS DAY UNTIL WE CAN GET GET LEGISLATION TO VOTE AN PASS THE THE BILL THAT NO MORE EXPORTING AFTER KILLIMG A WHOLE PRIDE FOR THEIR SKELETAL BONES WHICH A FULL GROWN LIONS BONES ARE WORTH TO THE MIDDLE EAST LIKE ASIA INDONESIA $30,000 FOR THE MALE AN 20,000 FOR THE LIONESS AN YES THEY EVEN KILL THE CUBS $10,000 SO ITS IMPERITIVE THAT THIS LAW IS PASSED SO THE END OF CAPTIVE BIG CATS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT, END CUB PETTING,I HAVE HAVE MADE CALLS TO 3 SENITORS TO PASS THIS BILL TO PROTECT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES OF LIONS TIGERS LEPPARDS MOUNTAIN LIONS CHETTAHS JAGUARS,ITS A MOST TO PASS THIS BILL TO PROTECT THESE BIG CATS IN THE WILD AN END CAPTIVITY OF BIG CATS,AN ENDING BREEDING BIG CATS WHILE IN CAPTIVITY, ITS WRONG AN DISRESPECTFULL,ANIMAL RIGHTS ADVOCATE 24 YRS VEGAN,A #1SUPPORTER OF BIG CATRESCUE IN TAMPA FLAN GO MRS CAROL AM VOTING FOR YOU AN ALL THE BIG BEAUTIFUL CATS ARE HOPING EVERYONE WILL HELP PROTECT THE ONES IN THE WILD AN NOT BE FEARED OF HUNTERS COMING TO KILL THEM ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR VOTING AN BEING THEIR VOICE I LOVE ALL THE WILD BIG CATS LET THEM ALONE END THE KILLING OF THESE MAGNIFICENT ANIMAL’S, AN END THE CUB PETTING,THANK YOU MAY NACE BALTIMORE, MD

  18. Ann-Marie Ross

    October 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I have never watched Dancing With The Stars before, but now that you will be on I had my cable box hooked back up and my DVR recording in case I miss a show. I think you are great and I may be too late to vote when watching you, but I will be cheering you on wish you all the best. I have seen it last night and did not see you there, so I will have to watch past episodes to see what happened. I was disappointed not to see you. I personally think you are great.

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