We have finally obtained a copy of Big Cat Rescue’s 2016 IRS 990 forms through the use of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ website. Unlike our previous write-ups, we’ll try to keep this article brief and to the point by highlighting the most important bits of information to take away from the financial documents.
Being a small watchdog that is currently in the midst of growing larger, we sometimes struggle to stay fully updated on Big Cat Rescue’s latest shenanigans and social media posts which is why we’re extra thankful for the amazing people that take it upon themselves to bring certain pieces of information to our attention.
Many people within the United States and abroad have come to recognize the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for their outlandish statements that often borderline on pure lunacy. While it's nearly impossible to top PETA's ludicrous remarks and offensive displays which includes comparing slaughterhouses to the Holocaust, Big Cat Rescue seems to be steering their animal rights propaganda in the same direction.
A new piece of evidence showcasing the lengths Big Cat Rescue or one of their devoted supporters will sink to just so they can undermine competitors in the zoological world was recently brought to our attention. Anybody that owns a facility that exhibits exotic cats and has previously been a target of Big Cat Rescue’s crusade to “end the trade” should pay attention.
When Big Cat Rescue’s credibility comes under fire they occasionally trot out their successful lawsuit against a competitor that infringed on their trademark and copyrighted property. For those of us that aren’t so easily impressed, it’s woefully obvious that they only do that to make themselves appear more effective than they actually are. So you can understand why I find entertainment in seeing Big Cat Rescue infringing on The Walt Disney Company’s intellectual property in a way that doesn’t seem compliant with fair use.
In this technology driven day and age where people from all walks of life and across the globe can communicate and connect through social media, the exchanging of ideas and information has never been so readily accessible. However, with the advancement in technology bringing together many like minded individuals, radical activism has taken on a more elaborate but still chaotic form. This new world of online extremism operating under the guise of animal rights activism runs rampant with cyber bullying typically brought on by keyboard warriors hiding behind the veil of anonymity. (Be prepared for a lot of reading)
Reputable animal hospitals are known for treating their furry patients with the utmost respect and care in a professional manner. As always, Big Cat Rescue doesn't come close to meeting those basic standards. Would a trustworthy animal hospital allow their patients undergoing or recovering from a medical procedure to be unnecessarily handled? Would a true sanctuary allow tourists to touch their animals while they're sedated?