Comment on Got a Tiger Living Next Door

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Carole just posted a comment in support of Dr. Jennifer Hobgood’s article called, Got a Tiger Living Next Door?  The only other people who have taken the time to do so are the exotic pet owners.  Taking the time to post your comments, lets the media know that the majority of people do not condone the keeping of wild animals as pets.


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Here is the original story link:,0,1546870.story


Here is Carole’s comment:


As someone with twenty years experience with big cats I can tell you the Dr. Hobgood speaks the truth. While those who have posted here claim to love their animals, the fact is that they love the ego trip having an unusual pet gives them and not the animal for who he or she is. As a society, we all know a little about love and know that if you have to cage someone to have them near you, then it isn’t really love.

On a common sense level, no one in Florida ever died in a plane bombing either, but it is still against the law to carry explosives on board.

The following is a partial listing (653) of incidents in the U.S. involving captive exotic cats since 1990. The U.S. incidents have resulted in the deaths of 19 humans, 15 adults and 4 children, the additional mauling of 171 more adults and children, 134 escapes, the killing of 79 big cats, and 105 confiscations. There have also been 147 big cat incidents outsite the U.S. that have resulted in the deaths of 56 humans and the mauling of 84 humans by captive big cats. These figures only represent the headlines that Big Cat Rescue has been able to track. Because there is no reporting agency that keeps such records the actual numbers are certainly much higher.
To see a video of the mauling of a zoo keeper in 2006 go to…

The Journal of Internal Medicine in 2006 estimated that 50 million people worldwide have been infected with zoonotic diseases since 2000 and as many as 78,000 have died. Read more about zoonotic diseases here:

To see the number of exotic cats abandoned each year go to

To view a trend chart that shows the alarming escalation of big cat incidents here:…

The U.S. represents less than 5% of the entire global population, but up through 2006 79% of ALL captive cat incidents occurred in the U.S.(Now that the US is clamping down on the exotic pet trade, the reports in 2007 show a decline in U.S. incidents compared to the rest of the world) Likewise, Florida represents less than 6% of the U.S. population while 11% of all U.S. incidents occur in Florida. Florida boasts the most comprehensive sets of regulations allowing private ownership of exotic cats while ranking #1 in the highest numbers of big cat killings, maulings and escapes.

To view photos of fatal injuries from cases reported in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine click…

This video shows facilities that are currently licensed and approved by the USDA and the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission that have been operating at this level or worse for more than 10 years and yet are still open to the public. These images are typical of those who allow cameras in but there are many worse ones who do not. This shows precisely why we need to ban private possession of exotic cats.

Carole Baskin, Founder
Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625


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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