Big Cat Updates
While Priya is away on vacation keepers and interns have been cleaning sticks off the top of her home cages that fell out of the trees in the last wind. They have also been doing a lot of raking and leaf removal.
Sassy in on FunCation.
Priya is on Vacation.
We have started spreading Josie Cougar’s food out more on the feeding tile, in an effort to get her to eat slower. Sometimes it takes new cats a while to understand that plenty of food will, for sure, come every day. It takes them a while to understand they will never be hungry again.
VIDEO: Great Blue Heron Rescued from Priya’s Den
Honey & Linda rescued a Great Blue Heron out of a Priya’s Tiger den. It is injured. Honey is transporting the poor bird to a rehabber.
Carole also asks a question, requesting YOUR OPINION!
VIDEO: Ares, Artemis and Orion getting Afternoon Snacks
Ares, Artemis and Orion the cougars get an afternoon snack because they are too thin.
Each day that Carole does a Facebook Live video she asks a question and someone who answers it correctly wins a prize. So, go to Facebook and Like our Facebook Page and choose to get notifications of our live videos. Then participate in the contests, join in conversations in the comments area, too. Be sure to book mark BigCatRescue.org/win which is where you will post your answer to qualify for a future prize if you are the first one to get the correct answer.
Question: Can you give a couple sentences about how Ares, Artemis, & Orion ended up at Big Cat Rescue?
Answer: A hunter killed their mother.
Read more about them:
Winner’s Chosen Prize: When a prize is chosen we will come back to this page and post it.
2/10/2017 Contest: Has now been posted on updates for that day.
2/9/2017 Contest: Has now been posted on updates for that day.
What can I do to help stop the cats from being killed for their fur?
Ignoring this issue is easy and looking the other way because it is too hard to see is also easy.
Exposing it is painful and hard, but must be done if the suffering is to be stopped. When enough people speak out, and keep speaking out the suffering will end. When enough people acknowledge the suffering and work to expose the suffering the public will cry out for the fur trade to stop.
Often people ignore this issue because it is too hard to accept it is happening, it is too hard to see it so instead of helping expose it and helping push for public attention on the issue they look away and ignore the issue thinking to themselves, “I can’t stand this, I can’t handle this, surely someone else will have the stomach to deal with that.” Well, the fact is, NONE of us who love animals ‘have the stomach’ for this kind of suffering. It is painful to watch, gives us nightmares, makes us depressed, none of us can handle it. However, we simply have to speak out, and keep speaking out, we have to make the public aware of what is happening so they too will step up to the plate and help stop it.
Often, a video exposing abuse is too hard to watch and believe me, we really do understand that. However, PLEASE also know you do NOT have to watch it to share it.
QUOTE: “All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to look away.”
There is NO way to produce a fur garment or a fur trimmed item without an animal being killed and skinned in the process. The crazy justifications people have for wearing fur range from saying that the animal died of old age, that the fur was removed without the animal dying, that the animal was raised for its fur, or that the fur is old and was passed down from an era when people didn’t know any better. All of these tragic beliefs are just the cognitive dissidence that humans rely on to make themselves feel good about something that is so inherently cruel.
Whether an animal is raised in a cage and slaughtered, or trapped in the wild and slaughtered, there is no good way to die so that someone else can wear their skin. There is no reason for the practice given the fact that today’s coats are made of much warmer, cheaper and easier to care for materials. If you love the look and feel of real fur, there is an abundance of faux fur options that are softer, last longer and don’t smell like a dead animal.
Until 2010 there was a loophole in the law that enabled real fur to be labeled wrongfully as faux. Even though there is a better law now, thanks to the Humane Society of the United States, Big Cat Rescue and other animal protection groups, there may still be mislabeled furs in the marketplace. So be sure to closely examine anything that might be fur. As the public has increasingly said NO to real fur, the garment industry has dyed their furs pink and green and other unnatural colors to fool the public.
NEW VIDEO: “Second Hand Coat”
Want to DO SOMETHING About It?
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VIDEO: Tracking Wild Leopards
Compassion is always in fashion, so just Say NO to fur.
VIDEO: CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak (Premier Movie Short) (Alec Baldwin)
This video is VERY hard to watch, but please share it. Perhaps it will make people think twice before buying fur.
Ignoring it is easy, exposing it is hard.
Go Cool vs. Cruel this Year
You get two seconds to make an impression in this world and nothing else says so clearly, “”I don’t give a damn about anything or anyone but me,” like wearing a fur.
Here are just a few of the things we want to make people aware of before they put on that fur coat or accessory:
• Approximately forty animals are killed for each fur coat.
• Each of those animals has died a violent death: anal electrocution, gassing, neck breaking, drowning, a shot to the head, or clubbing.
• Trapping is widely recognized as cruel. The most popular of traps used to catch fur-bearing animals, the steel-jaw leghold, has been banned because of its cruelty in 89 nations and 5 states in the United States. See where that fur really comes from in this video clip.
• Fur is often labeled as faux or fur trim when it is really dog and cat fur.
• Fur farming is going out of fashion. For instance, Great Britain has just banned all fur farms. Austria has effectively banned fur farming. And Sweden has outlawed keeping foxes in cages for their fur.
Trappers in the U.S. kill several million fur bearing animals each year (4 million in 1998; 2.5 million in 1999) with 1.5 million more trapped in Canada. 88.5 % were “non target” species including family pets.
Between 1968 and 1970 the U.S. fur industry imported 18,456 leopard skins, 31,105 jaguar pelts, and an incredible 349,680 ocelot skins. It also imported over 3000 cheetah pelts, representing one and a half times the number of cheetahs remaining in all of the parks in Africa in 1972.
What can you do?
If you have a fur coat, put it to good use. Donate it to your local Rehabilitator to use in comforting the orphaned babies and injured wildlife that they care for each year. In most cases they are registered as a charity with the IRS and you can get a tax credit for doing the humane thing.
If you really love the look of fur buy a fake. They are better than the real thing in terms of feel and ease of care. Oleg Cassini designs an upscale collection of fake furs called “Evolutionary Fur”. He is quoted as saying “Anyone who is familiar with animals, knows the animals suffer. Animals sense when they are about to be killed. they have the imagination to fear. They cry.” If you have ever seen your own cat dart around the room chasing imaginary prey, you know that they do have the imagination to fear.
As consumers we can ban the killing of animals for their fur by boycotting places that sell fur items and telling them why. Write letters to the editors of your newspapers as well as your state and federal legislators urging them to ban this horrific practice.
Animals lived miserably and died in agony..
I urge anybody who has doubts about the misery and agony of animals raised for fur to watch the undercover footage of at http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=chinchilla_mov_final from a fur farm in Midland, Michigan, which shows chinchillas being electrocuted, causing painful seizures to the animals’ hearts, and having their necks snapped while fully conscious. It is hard to watch but will dispel apathy about the fur industry.
Perhaps even harder to watch, for those of us who live with dogs and cats, is the dog and cat fur footage from China at: http://www.furisdead.com/feat-dogcatfur.asp
And you’ll find video of other animals (more widely sold in the United States) on Chinese fur farms being slammed against the ground to stun them, then struggling as they are skinned alive.
Read more on this subject at: http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/fur/
Who is this? Can YOU tell which cats are in this photo?
Photo by: Linda M
Go to BigCatRescue.org/win/ and tell me which two cats are in this photo.
There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at explore.org/bigcatrescue that you will really enjoy watching. Here are some sample videos.
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Susann https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFOZiTvzKRvj-oVbzdByvg
- Ruxandra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCsjKptd1gM9BhfDkGQGNg
- Donna P: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFbhMc8Sqr-8MreWuYr4Bg
- Shawna https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfl9S-vDPJIgjl8QpM6Aypw
- Cathy S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ynHBFLKj0BVnK5jo2gTnw
- A Heart For Nikita https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxAXUTh29XWQw35acpU1Ag
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