On Monday, February 4th, Big Cat Rescue, a notorious roadside zoo located in Florida, posted a call to action on their Facebook page that has over 2-million followers. As usual, the purpose of this call to action is to have their followers bombard an organization with emails until the said organization complies with their demands. The intended target this time around is the Chabad of Sarasota.
Back in September, we presented you with the story of Dennis Lee Hoffman and his pet bobcat that was confiscated in Connecticut by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Hoffman had contacted us under the assumption that we could possibly help in his endeavor to get his bobcat back. We usually refrain from getting involved in such matters unless Big Cat Rescue is connected which was the case (see Big Cat Rescue Wants To Buy A Bobcat).
On September 6th, an anonymous individual sent us an email explaining how they wanted to expose certain practices they found to be horrendous during their time volunteering for Big Cat Rescue. What sets this apart from prior volunteers that have spoken out is that this person claims to have volunteered at Big Cat Rescue sometime within the past four years.
In a article published just a bit over a week ago by The Dodo, Susan Bass, Director of Public Relations for Big Cat Rescue, went on to address a viral video in which a tiger stalked two men standing on the opposite side of it’s enclosure. The article contained an exaggerated description of what actually transpired, but that’s par for the course when it comes to The Dodo’s reporting.
We recently made a video discussing the facts surrounding Big Cat Rescue’s sponsorship of an animal rights conference. We’ll post it here for those if you that prefer watching videos rather than reading. If you’re the complete opposite just scroll past the video.
On Friday, Big Cat Rescue decided to comment on a viral video that was making its rounds these past couple of days in which a lion managed to hold its ground in a game of tug-of-war with three WWE wrestlers. A crowd of onlookers watched as Fabian Aichner, Killian Dain and Ricochet took on a 2 ½ year female lion cub named Axelle in a friendly game of tug-of-war.
Does virtual reality technology have the potential to completely reinvent the way we will think of zoos in the near future? According to some groups, the inevitable advancements in technology will make the practice of zoological gardens exhibiting live animals in captivity obsolete. Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder of Big Cat Rescue, seems to also subscribe to that notion.