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.
In their call to action, Big Cat Rescue alleges that the Chabad of Sarasota recently asked them if they could bring big cats to an upcoming event.
Big Cat Rescue continues on by saying, “Of course, Big Cat Rescue is a true sanctuary and would never drag our cats to an event or allow anyone to touch our cats; the Chabad had us confused with a local Sarasota roadside zoo and circus with a name similar to ours.”
As far as we know, the only facility in Sarasota that sounds similar to Big Cat Rescue is a facility called Big Cat Habitat which had their name since 1998, well before Wildlife On East Street had changed their name to Big Cat Rescue in 2003. It should also be noted that Big Cat Rescue offered the chance to touch sedated cats if people spent thousands of dollars on their “Volunteer Vacations” package (see Can You Pet A Cat At Big Cat Rescue? The Answer May Surprise You).
After having been sent emails bashing Big Cat Habitat, the Chabad of Sarasota allegedly responded by asking Big Cat Rescue to stop contacting them which prompted Big Cat Rescue into riling up their followers (emphasis added):
You’d think Big Cat Rescue would’ve already learned to stop getting their followers into a frenzy considering that a business had received a bomb threat in a previous incident (see Mention of exotic kittens leads to violent threats).
As an update to the story, Big Cat Rescue is now claiming that some of their followers that called the Chabad of Sarasota are being told a completely different story (emphasis added):