What do Big Cat Rescue and the Humane Society of The United States (HSUS) have in common? For starters, they both make millions of dollars by intentionally misleading the public through lies and deception. Big Cat Rescue misleads the public by fabricating sob stories about many of their cats and then calling them rescues for the purpose of donations. They then dupe donors into believing all donations go towards the care of their cats. The HSUS misleads the public into thinking they are an umbrella organization for local animal shelters across the country. The Oklahoma Attorney General is currently investigating HSUS’ deceptive business practices. HSUS and Big Cat Rescue....birds of a feather.
So how are Big Cat Rescue and the HSUS intertwined? It turns out Big Cat Rescue has been sending tens of thousands of dollars to the HSUS in the form of sponsorships. Could that money be better spent improving their cat’s living quarters? Definitely. Just look at the cat's enclosures below.
Digging a little deeper we find that Carole Baskin, CEO/ Founder of Big Cat Rescue and Wayne Pacelle, President/CEO of the HSUS, are colleagues.
In a post on Big Cat Rescue’s website the CEO says,
“Pacelle is a cofounder of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office. He also cofounded Humane USA, A strictly nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) that supports candidates of any political party based on their support for animal protection. I serve on the board of Humane USA with Mike and Wayne and am always looking for those who get the big picture and understand that the only way to end the abuse of big cats is through legislation.”
Through research we have discovered that Big Cat Rescue has given the HSUS at least $50,500. At one point they spent $25,000 to become a Diamond level sponsor for the HSUS’ 2014 TAFA conference. Carole Baskin herself contributed $10,000 to the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
The reason Big Cat Rescue spends so much money to sponsor the HSUS can be explained in one simple word, marketing. It seems the whole point of becoming a sponsor for the HSUS is to get your brand (organization) known. This is clearly evident just by taking a look at the TAFA sponsorship brochure. They basically paid to have their name and logo plastered everywhere and I mean everywhere, including a subway billboard in Washington D.C.. Their logo was also featured on the cover of the TAFA show guide. The more people that know their name the more money they will receive.
The money Big Cat Rescue diverted to the HSUS could have been put to better use but it was practically wasted since the HSUS paid $5.7-million in a racketeering settlement due to a lawsuit filed against them under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Why would Big Cat Rescue align itself with such a corrupt organization. Could it be that they too are corrupt?
Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue has been in trouble for notary fraud. Some signatures on notarized legal documents were obviously forged and Carole and her mother notarized each others signatures as well as those of immediate family members who acted as witnesses. Speaking of forgeries and witnesses, a witness to the signing of Carole’s missing husband’s will and power of attorney admitted to detectives that she never saw Carole's husband sign the documents but perjured herself in court out of fear of Carole. The missing husband, Don Lewis, disappeared 2 months after filing an order of protection against Carole when she hid his gun and threatened to kill him. Unsurprisingly, he was not the only person to file an order of protection against her.
Like the saying goes, “birds of a feather flock together”. Big Cat Rescue and the HSUS both pull on people’s heart strings through their misleading and downright dishonest messages.