Big Cat Updates
Reise Cougar gave us quite a terrifying scare today. Thankfully, she is okay now. Watch the Alexa Flash News Briefing below to find out what happened.
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Alexa Flash New Briefing
Reise Cougar gave us a big scare.
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Coordinator Report - Lauren Buckingham
Good day, today. We had lots of help from volunteers.
Work was continued on the tour path.
We also continued work on the empty cage next to Des.
Bethann made sure the cats got sicles and made some new ones.
Candy did PM snacks whilst Victoria handed out PM supplements.
Hoover ate really well. He came over for full meals both AM and PM
Keisha ate around 6lbs, she is liking red, chicken thighs and necks.
Operant and enrichment sign-offs were done
We got a new computer in food prep. The no feces log is now an online google document
That's it from me!
A REAL MUST READ ARTICLE by Howard Baskin
If you read nothing else today please read this extremely informative article at http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2018/10/how-is-the-struggle-for-womens-suffrage-100-years-ago-like-the-battle-to-stop-abuse-of-big-cats/
Excerpts from the article:
.... frequently we at Big Cat Rescue post on our website individual stories about victories in the war against exploitation and abuse of big cats. There are reports of a local, state or federal law that passed, or reports of how supporters e-mailing a company or a venue caused the venue to stop allowing cub petting on their property or to stop using big cats in an advertisement for their products. In this article, I’d like to take a moment to stand back and look at what is happening from the “30,000-foot” level, because what is happening is very exciting, and it is easy to get lost in the weeds of the individual victories and not think about the bigger picture.
First, let’s set aside the big cat issue for a moment and think about how a society’s values evolve over time. If we look at past examples, what do we find? We find a tiny minority, often led by one or more driven, persistent, and sometimes charismatic people, who give voice to a viewpoint that is not the prevailing view. We see them ridiculed, castigated, arrested, and/or subjected to physical violence. Usually the small band of “crazies” grows slowly, sometimes over decades. Then, somewhere along the way, there is a tipping point. The number of people who share their viewpoint starts growing exponentially until it becomes the new, different view of society.
Today, of course, we in the United States take a woman’s right to vote for granted, and it is almost hard to imagine a time when it was not so. But we tend to forget that it was less than 100 years ago, i.e. 1920, that a Constitutional amendment (the Nineteenth) granted the right to vote to people whom opponents of women’s suffrage called “irrational.”
The struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States seems to me to be a vivid example of how a society’s values evolve. The first women’s rights convention, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott in 1848, is generally cited as the beginning of the American movement. In the 1890s the movement picked up steam. Toward the end of the century, a few more states granted women the right to vote. The opposition was fierce, including opposition by many women. The rest is history. While there will always be a minority view on any issue, today it is hard to imagine anyone in the United States arguing against the right of women to vote.
... What has all this got to do with captive big cats? When we stand back from the individual victories and look at the big picture, what we at Big Cat Rescue feel we are seeing is the tipping point. We are seeing example after example showing that the view that exotic animals should not be exploited for profit and entertainment is no longer held only by a minority of animal advocates. It is rapidly becoming the mainstream belief of Americans everywhere. That change has followed the pattern of past societal changes like women’s suffrage. If the trend continues—and we have no reason to believe it will not—we are not far away from becoming a society in which the vast majority of people believe that these animals should not be exploited and mistreated in ways that were viewed as acceptable in the past.
One recent example of this trend, which was really the trigger for this article, happened on a popular dating website called Tinder. For many years tiger-cub exploiters have incessantly bred tigers in order to use the cubs for a few months to make money charging the public to pet them, take photos with them, or even swim with them. The cubs are ripped from the mothers at birth, a torment to mother and cub, and used for a few months—and there is no tracking of what happens to them after that. We know that many are destined for a life in small barren cages and frequently used to breed more cubs for this trade. Others just disappear.
The cubs are of course adorable, the breeders tell people they are somehow helping conservation, and many otherwise caring, well-meaning people are taken in by the experience and the lies. In the modern age of the phone camera cub petting and tiger, exhibits translate into tiger selfies.
Those of you who have followed Big Cat Rescue over time know that educating the venues and the public about the evil backstory behind this cub petting trade has been a huge part of our advocacy work. So imagine the fist-pumping here when Tinder announced in August 2017 that it was urging its members to delete photos of themselves with tigers—i.e., tiger selfies—because of the exploitative nature of cub petting and exhibition. Importantly, Tinder’s decision was picked up in a positive way by virtually all of the major news media! You cannot get much more “mainstream” than that.
But Tinder was not an isolated event. It was part of a trend, a trend that demonstrates the rapidly growing public awareness and sentiment about the use of exotic animals. In November 2016 TripAdvisor and its Viator brand announced that they would discontinue selling tickets for specific tourism experiences in which travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species—including but not limited to elephant rides, tiger petting, and swimming with dolphins. Then, in July 2017, Expedia announced that it would identify and remove from its online travel sites tours and attractions that involve wild animals, such as tiger interactions.
In early 2018 Instagram jumped on board. When people searched for abusive exotic animal businesses like Black Jaguar White Tiger, a notorious Mexican cub-exploiting facility, Instagram posted the following warning, under the heading “Protect Wildlife on Instagram”: “Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram. You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment.”
These are all mainstream entities, not animal welfare organizations. They are responding to, and reflect, the accelerating change in our society’s views regarding the exploitation of exotic animals. Feel the momentum?
.... Among the most compelling examples in my mind, that indicates we are at the tipping point is the demise of the circus. .... For years there were small protests when the Ringling Bros. circus came to town, but people kept flocking to it and ignored the “crazies”. For the longest time, it seemed like little if any progress was being made. But there was progress. Advocates worked tirelessly to educate the public—and public officials—about one of the most egregious practices in animal handling, the bullhook.
.... And of course there was the movie Blackfish, released in 2013, that so convincingly educated millions of people about the cruelty inherent in SeaWorld’s practice of keeping orcas—intelligent, normally wide-ranging and social animals—in tiny swimming pools for public display. SeaWorld at first defended its exhibits. But, as with the circus, the public voted with its feet and attendance dropped.
... an example that comes from Big Cat Rescue’s advocacy work, one that I feel shows how the growth in public awareness has accelerated. Back in 2010, when we began in earnest to contact venues like shopping malls about allowing cub petting displays or other big cat displays, we asked our supporters to e-mail the venue to show them that many people found such displays to be cruel. Typically about 500 people would e-mail. Now, when we ask for help to demonstrate public opposition to such abusive activities, sometimes 6,000 supporters will e-mail! And we see venues and companies responding positively to these requests.
You really need to read the entire article to get the full picture. If it hits you, as it did me, PLEASE share it. Again the link is http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2018/10/how-is-the-struggle-for-womens-suffrage-100-years-ago-like-the-battle-to-stop-abuse-of-big-cats/
Remembering Mickey Cougar
It’s difficult to believe our beloved Mickey cougar left us one year ago today. He is SO missed by everyone who loves him! His story is worth reading and is exactly why we fight so hard - just like Mickey did - to end the captive big cat trade.
If you live in the US, please make the Call of the Wild for Mickey. BigCatAct.com.
Mickey's Story: BigCatRescue.org/mickey/
Product of the Day
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Foster Kitten News
We will have three guests in the Cabana tomorrow and Wednesday. They are yellow shirt Megan's foster babies. I've forwarded this so you can see their pictures. Have fun!
Photos of the Day
Max and MaryAnn bobcat love having Bacon & Eggs to play with.
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Canadian Lynx, Gilligan, tries to look so innocent while he is plotting his next mischievous antics. I just love love love this precious boy. In fact, I made the Calls of the Wild in his honor today at BigCatAct.com now I ask you to do the same.
Sundari Leopard wants you all to make The Call of the Wild this week! BigCatAct.com
Ares Cougar - it’s his favorite time of the day!!
Moses bobcat is trying to decide if it’s time to eat or time to go back to sleep!
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Past Pumpkin / Halloween Video
Big Cat Pumpkin Thank You (Now, bring on the turkeys!) - November 2014 - Simba leopard, Thurston bobcat, Armani leopard, and Zabu tiger all want to thank our supporters for donating to our pumpkin fund (and their good times)!
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