These days it seems like just about any innocent interaction between people and animals is immediately condemned by proponents of the fanatical animal rights ideology. Their incessant outrage over the most seemingly benign things is annoying, but it does provide us with opportunities to prove how absurd their arguments are.
Last Friday, Big Cat Rescue posted an article from One Green Planet onto social media that took aim at a viral video filmed at a zoo called Tiger World. The video showed a lion pawing at the glass observation window section of its enclosure in a futile attempt to reach a toddler.
The author of the article appears to have been trying to portray the situation as though it was fraught with danger by referring to it as a “high-risk encounter” that involved a toddler coming “face-to-face with an adult male lion” that appeared to be “getting ready for a kill”, but was thwarted by a “thin glass wall”.
The article then goes on to mention a Facebook post by the Wildcat Sanctuary where they appear to have criticized the parents of the toddler and questioned the safety of glass viewing areas that are often used by zoos accredited by the AZA and ZAA (emphasis added):
Continuing on with her article, the author goes on a short tirade in which she says people shouldn’t trust glass barriers to protect them from animals that are highly stressed from being in captivity. Totally makes sense.
The author writes, “Roadside zoos lack strict regulations and people should not trust makeshift glass enclosures will protect them from conflict with the captive wild animals, who are already under a tremendous amount of stress from being in captivity.”
According to her logic, the animals at Wildcat Sanctuary should also be under “tremendous amounts of stress” since their animals are kept in captivity.
With all of this in mind, we’re baffled as to why Big Cat Rescue would choose to share that particular article considering that they made a similar video on Youtube that involved one of their former workers getting in close proximity to numerous cats and turning his back to them in order to elicit a reaction. At one point, a tiger ferociously lunges at the cage likely putting a massive amount of stress on the hog ties keeping the cage from falling apart.
So why was there no outrage from the animal rights community regarding Big Cat Rescue’s video even though it too went viral amassing over 25-million views since 2014? Was their former worker not in as much danger as the family even though their cattle panel cages also have the possibility of failing?
We couldn’t resist alerting Wildcat Sanctuary to the actions of Big Cat Rescue, one of their fellow GFAS accredited sanctuaries, so we commented on the Facebook post they made about the lion pawing at the glass.
Our comment read, “Wildcat Sanctuary, what are your thoughts on the viral video Big Cat Rescue filmed that involves provoking big cats to lunge at their cattle panel cages by having one of their former workers turn his back to them? Would you unnecessarily provoke any of your big cats to lunge at their cage for a video?”
Wildcat Sanctuary responded to our comment, however, they apparently missed the point we were trying to convey:
The response we received actually surprised us because they appeared to have tried justifying Big Cat Rescue’s video. Doing so completely undermines the criticism they had of the viral video currently circulating.
First off, accreditation means little to nothing in regards to the possibility of a facility’s enclosures catastrophically failing. It could happen to any facility whether it’s accredited or not as evidenced by a gorilla that almost shattered a glass viewing area at an AZA accredited zoo.
If they're so paranoid at the possibly of safety glass breaking then they better not step foot into a skyscraper since there is only glass preventing them from falling over a hundred feet to their doom. The glass bridge in China must be a complete and utter nightmare for them too, although, to be fair, it’s quite nerve wracking.
It’s almost as if there are multiple varieties of glass specifically designed for certain uses. Who would’ve known?
Lastly, how is it not provocation if the purpose of Big Cat Rescue's video was to get a reaction from their cats by having their former worker purposefully turn his back to them and even sit down close to the cage?
Anyway, we responded to the Wildcat Sanctuary's reply on Facebook. Even though neither of our two comments were critical of their facility we were quickly blocked.
The Wildcat Sanctuary bailed out of the conversation faster than their executive director can misappropriate funds.