Vernon Yates on TV shows big cats in tiny concrete cells

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Battle brews over big cats, exotic wildlife

This is a great opportunity to see inside Vernon Yates compound.  He almost never allows the press inside and people would be appalled to see these magnificent cats living in concrete cells and such tiny areas.  His crocodile tears over using these prisoners to make him feel better at the end of the day, just focuses on how selfish one has to be to cage a big cat for their own pleasure.  

I will be attending the meeting on Feb. 7th and 8th to support Bill Armstrong’s position that these animals do not belong in private hands.  He is the past President of the Florida Animal Control Association and has also encouraged the Florida Association of Counties to take a stand against these kinds of back yard menageries.  He has served on the Captive Wild Animal Technical Assistance Group as well, but is one of only two people on that 11 person committee who doesn’t make a living from the exotic animal industry.  



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Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

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  1. Mary Mahi Mahi

    May 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I agree 100% after I saw the pathetic conditions Vernon Yates in Suffer (Sulphur) Springs in the city of Tampa had Florida panthers in tiny cages in a residential neighborhood. Appalling to say the least! Once the neighbors complained he quickly dropped out of sight now he still has cats in inhumane conditions keeping them in tiny cages in Seminole, FL. Animal cruelty charges should be filed he's definitely NOT an animal lover he loves the donations. Like this article said NO one can even visit the big cats UNLESS he gets a hefty payment to see a few in tiny cages at his house not a shelter or sanctuary. This is NOT the place to keep caged lions & FL panthers. The neighbors in Tampa filed charges the lions & FL panthers would roar at all times of the day destroying their peace. These neighbors should call their city officials then lodge the same complaint. Why destroy your peace of mind knowing these big cats are being abused next door in the backyard?

    • Carole Baskin

      May 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      They had the same business name (Wildlife Rescue) and the same morals, but Vernon Yates has always been in Pinellas County. It was Bert Whal who lived in Tampa and ended up being shut down. I've seen both places and they look about the same. Sad.

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