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Letter: Caged-animal rationalizations don’t fly

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I was saddened to see the advertisement for the Big Cat Rescue being featured at Vero’s Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow.

I couldn’t disagree more with Phyllis Parks’ letter in which she stated, “As far as our taking them out in public, they act as a reminder of what we are losing if they no longer exist. Our message of conservation sticks in the mind when people have actually seen a tiger…”


A “rescue” should not be exploiting these animals that have already suffered far too much and are now forced to endure the stress of being entertainment fodder for screaming toddlers. Ms Parks’ comment that if people supported “these wonderful cats, without their leaving home, we would be more than happy to stop taking them out” sounds like extortion to me — give me your money and I’ll be nice to the cats.

Our family supports numerous animal-welfare organizations, but we will not contribute one cent to one that feels it is reasonable to allow its animals to be moved from fair to fair under the guise of “enlightenment.” 

Speak out here:

#1 Posted by LDouglas on February 29, 2008 at 6:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It’s a catch 22. Without money the animal faces a worse fate. I care about animal welfare too but there’s only so much money to go around. A couple hours of discomfort on the weekend is a small price to pay for three square meals a day (or whatever) and relative safety the rest of the time.

I’d bet there are lots of people who wish they had it so good.

#2 Posted by successgal on February 29, 2008 at 9:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well the treasure coast wildlife hospital does the same thing, and the humane society. Both are consistently out and about with animals to educate and to get donations. Sure they wouldn’t have to do it if fine people like the letter writer just sent a weekly donation to them, and left them a bequest in their will, but they don’t.

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