Big Cat Updates
Keeper Lauren Buckingham’s Coordinator Report for Monday 7/3/2017
Joseph’s enclosure was finished.
The open air section of Kali’s was cleaned up, mowed and dirt added to the front corner where it floods.
Everyone ate and took their Ivermectin.
A number of volunteers went out and did operant with their assigned cats.
Happy Independence Day – Stay Safe
Do you have kids interested in cats? This great book will introduce them to tigers.
With their bold black stripes, powerful presence, and fierce faces, tigers are just about the coolest animal on the planet. These giant jungle cats can climb trees, swim, and run in sprints up to 32 mph—making them a predatory nightmare. Ranging from the warm climates of Southeast Asia to the frozen tundra of western Russia, these solitary hunters will devour whatever animal they catch. In this level 2 reader you’ll learn all you ever wanted to know about tigers and so much more. Complete with fascinating facts, beautiful images, NGR: Tigers can’t miss. Level 2: For kids who are reading independently; ages 5-7, softcover, 32 pages; 40 color photographs.
Carole talks about her life, reads letters from viewers, talks about the cats and BCR’s stores while you watch the Cabana full of kittens.
Some of you have asked me to suggest video you could share. Here is one from Big Cat TV.com originally posted July 2014.
We all know domestic cats don’t really like water? But what about tigers, lions and leopards? … We decided to give kid’s pools to some of our cats to find out!
Here is the YouTube link for this video, if you choose to share it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaiLSpqeBHY
Today’s Big Cat Challenge is passing along a video that hopefully will help people see the contrast between big cats in the wild where they belong and big cats in captivity where they do not belong. You can some choices with this challenge, you can share the video from our YouTube page, share it from our Facebook page, or we will give you the video file to direct upload to your pages.
Big Cat Rescue is grateful to Lola Gilla, Victoria Hanke, and Rali Karova for applying their outstanding talents to the cause of ending big cat abuse. The final product is both beautiful and haunting. Enjoy! BigCatTV.com
If you would like to share this video here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjCX_y_Y4Qw
If you would like your own copy of this video to direct upload to your social media pages email email@example.com.
What About the Ringling Cats?
If this article makes you mad DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
- Go to TigerShows.com and comment to the FWS
- Go to BigCatAct.com and end the private possession of big cats.
Would you please review the free Grilling cookbook if you got one? Here is the link: https://catrescue.myshopify.com/products/cookbook-big-cat-style-bbq-and-grilling If you didn’t get one, go ahead and grab it, today.
Our other cookbooks, so far, are:
If you got any of those, PLEASE, leave a review for them, as well.
Keeper Alyssa Weber: Arthur in the pond
Keeper Alyssa Weber: Skipper and his new Coolaroo Bed
When his new bed arrived, first he watched it very carefully while pretending to ignore it, he then swatted it a time or two, made a few circles around it, threatened the ‘intruder’ when the intruder (a.k.a. bed did) not react to his threats, then came the sniffing and the marking, oh my YES the marking, finally the bed was acceptable for napping on. NOW…. he has no intentions of giving his bed up!
- 11″ x 8.5″
- 40 pages
- TJ’s rescue story
- “TJ Moments” from his keepers
- LOTS of full color photos
- and more….
July 17th when the book files are sent to the publisher we plan to order only the number of books that have been reserved so be sure to reserve your copy before July 17th.
People Often Ask: What is a Big Cat Advocat?
We use the term “AdvoCat” to describe people who care enough about the plight of big cats to add their voice to help stop the abuse of big cats. There are eight ways you can take action as an AdvoCat – choose one or many! Our continued successes prove the power of many people expressing their opinion. You are not helpless – your voice CAN make a real difference for animals!
1. Receive Our Alerts
Sign up to get our monthly email newsletter called the AdvoCat that will tell you about our most recent rescues and how you can get involved, no matter where you live. This newsletter will give you updates about events at the sanctuary and advocacy issues. We do not rent, sell or trade your email address to anyone else. You can unsubscribe at any time. This is a great way to help that takes little time and costs nothing. Over 80,000 people who care about big cats are now AdvoCats.
2. Take Action – Visit CaLaws.com
CatLaws.com is the website where Big Cat Rescue’s system tracks relevant laws and venues allowing abusive exhibits and other issues where your voice can make a difference. Visit the site periodically to see if there are any new issues that require your action!
3. Take Action – Abusive Exhibits or Unaccredited Zoos
When visiting CatLaws.com, you will be shown several links that you can click that will enable you to take action to protect the welfare of Big Cats. One of the ways that we do this is by identifying Abusive Exhibits. We identify malls, fairs, and other venues that permit abusive displays like cub petting. When a venue is identified, we may send an alert asking to email that venue through our system objecting to the exhibit. Even if you are not in that geographic market, the volume of emails shows the venue that many members of the general public, i.e. their customers, oppose this abuse. While the exhibit may draw visitors who are not aware of the suffering that these exhibits inflict, the emails show that the venue is offending other customers, which is bad business. Dozens of venues have agreed to cancel these exhibits, or not have them in the future, after receiving thousands of emails from people like you who care.
Be sensitive to your own patronage of places that add to the problem. When you see a cub or adult tiger exhibit, voice your objections to the management of the venue. Nothing is as powerful as real customers saying “I won’t shop here anymore”. If you do see a traveling exhibit, particularly one with cubs, report it to info@BigCatRescue.org. When you want to visit an animal facility, make sure it is an accredited zoo or real sanctuary, not a roadside zoo or pseudo-sanctuary where your patronage just adds to the problem.
4. Take Action – Call and Write Your Legislator
When there is a current bill, call your legislators and write them a personal letter. This takes more of your time than the email you sent from CatLaws.com, but if you can make the time, it is far more effective! The reason is that so few people do it. For every person who takes the time to call or write, the legislator’s staff assume that many, many more people agree with that person but will not take the time to call or write. One day when the Founder of Big Cat Rescue was in the reception area of one of her legislators before an appointment, one of staff ended a call and turned to the other staff person and said “that is the 12th call I’ve gotten today on that issue – people must really be worked up about it!” It takes very few phone calls or non-form letters to make a big impression. If a bill is not ready for an immediate vote, you want to ask your legislator to “co-sponsor” the bill. That means they sign on in advance committing to vote for it. If the vote is imminent and your legislator is not a co-sponsor, you want to ask them to vote for the bill.
5. Vote for Legislators who Support Animal Protection Legislation
At election time, support candidates who care about animals. You can see incumbents’ voting records on animal issues in the “Scorecard” maintained by the Humane Society Legislative Fund at www.hslf.org/humanescorecard/
Preventing cruelty to animals should not be a partisan issue. It should be an American issue.
6. Host a Movie Screening
AdvoCats may organize free movie screenings of documentaries related to big cat issues. Titles include The Elephant in the Living Room, which takes viewers on a journey deep inside the American subculture of raising and keeping exotic wildlife as household pets and Lion Ark, a movie that documents some of the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescues.
This is a great way to introduce your friends and colleagues to the issues of big cats in captivity.
To host a successful movie screening, AdovCats will need to secure a venue with adequate seating and functional screening equipment (ie. DVD player, projector, and screen). Venues to consider include your local library, school or university meeting spaces, or a community center. Depending on how many people you think you will expect, promoting the event can be a good idea. This can be done via Facebook or other forms of social media, or even making posters to hang around the community or campus! At the screening, you may want to ask people to sign up for our quarterly newsletter or our monthly AdvoCat email so we can connect with them on ways to get engaged to help big cats.
If you choose to hold a movie screening, please email Jennifer.Leon@bigcatrescue.org
7. Table an Event
Want to share Big Cat Rescue’s mission at an event in your community? AdvoCats are welcome to table on BCR’s behalf in their community. Tabling at events is an effective way to introduce Big Cat Rescue to new audiences, bring awareness to both our sanctuary and our cause, and educate the public on how big cats are kept in the U.S. AdvoCats will not only have the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing big cats and strengthen their networking and community outreach skills, but they will also increase Big Cat Rescue’s capacity to end abuse of big cats in captivity.
8. Tell Your Friends
There is power in numbers! Please share this information with people you know. Ask them to join as an AdvoCat and to avoid patronizing abusive venues that offer cub petting. Urge them to take the more proactive steps above and donate if they can. Use this shortened link to send them to this page: BigCatRescue.org/advocats
Thank you so much for your interest in adding your voice to stop the abuse of exotic cats! Become an AdvoCat today!
To read past issues of our monthly e-Zine called The AdvoCat go to: The AdvoCat News
To read past issues of The Big Cat Times go to: The Big Cat Times
Does Becoming an Advocat Sound something YOU Want To Do?
We are so happy to have more voices joining us to speak up for big cats! It is very important that AdvoCats understand BCR’s stance on the abuse issues facing big cats. From tiger cub petting to trophy hunting. Check out the issues and learn more about what we are advocating for and against on our Abuse Issues web page at the link below.
Abuse & Exploitation Issues Big Cat Rescue takes a stand on:
- Petting Lion & Tiger Cubs (Easy link to remember is CubTruth.com)
- Big Cat Exhibitions
- Big Cat Attacks
- Big Cats in Zoos
- White Tigers are ALL Inbred on Purpose by Exploiters
- Tiger Farms
- Ligers – Why You Should Never Pay to See One
- Circus is NO Fun for Big Cats
- Fur Smells Bad and Makes you look Fat
- Trophy Hunting: Find out why hunting big cats causes environmental damage
- Canned Hunting: Did you know that petting a cub could mean making it easier for the cat to be shot in a cage?
- Why Regulating Conditions Under Which Big Cats are Kept Cannot Work
Advocats also need to know about and promote The Big Cat Public Safety Act and encourage people to make the Call of the Wild at BigCatAct.com
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Jamie Veronica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY6X3rUv8UlIUbrxNeu-Aw
- 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
- Janie M https://www.youtube.com/user/donutgirl100
- Jaime T: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY_oF0NhXc5OS8CcTaUi2A/videos
Carole is looking for a graphic artist who really gets what we are all about and would would like to help us with some graphics for shirts. If that is you or if you know someone like that, please have them email Carole at email@example.com
As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/
Bookmarking it will help you find things quickly. That will come in handy for:
- Helping us answer questions on social media
- Finding answers to some of Carole’s Facebook Live questions
Kitten Cabana and Kitten Highlights – Foster kittens get their second wind. http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana
Big Cat Model Raven Meyer and her kitty Silverado enjoying a relaxing day at home.
Raven then took BCR to In Yachats on the OR coast with her! THANK YOU RAVEN!!
Find this shirt at: https://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/products/shirt-tribal-tiger
I am a bit behind on getting Big Cat Model photos downloaded and posted. So hang in there with me another day or two and I will get the rest of them posted.
Originally posted December 2016: Cole And Marmalade’s Owner?! – Several people recognize our former media producer in many of our videos and ask, “Is that the guy from Cole and Marmalade?”
One poacher was shot dead and another captured in an attack on elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Two years after the controversial hunting death of Cecil the Lion, authorities at the Zimbabwe national park where he lived are still struggling to protect the wildlife there.
In the latest incident, a group of poachers was caught on Thursday killing elephants and removing their tusks at the Hwange National Park. One of the poachers—out on bail while appealing an illegal hunting conviction—was shot dead by park patrol, while another was injured and captured over the weekend after fleeing the scene… READ Full Article
TWO: TRAFFIC the wildlife trade monitoring network: Flawed Indonesian captive breeding plan facilitates wildlife laundering. The same is true for the captive trade in tiger and lion cubs in the U.S. and abroad. Never pay to see or touch a wild cat cub or kitten in captivity.