Another lie by Big Cat Rescue? Does that surprise you? It shouldn't since they aren't exactly known for telling the truth. What was the lie this time? Well, the lie this time occurred three months ago on October 8th. It's about the time Big Cat Rescue housed leopards inside an enclosure they could escape from. Interested?
Back in October Big Cat Rescue was issued a warning by the FWC for housing leopards in an enclosure without a roof. That presented a public safety hazard since a leopard could possibly have climbed out. Anyway, Big Cat Rescue published a response to the warning on their website and stated they didn't know about the rule that said leopards must be housed in an enclosure with a roof. You can read a portion of what they said below.
The officers told us that the rules say you can’t have leopards in an open top cage unless you get a prior, written, approval by the FWC.
Well, here is how I know they were lying and were completely aware of the rule. In my possession is a copy of an old Wildlife On Easy Street Cat Tales newsletter. What is a Cat Tales newsletter you ask? Cat Tales was a quarterly newsletter, written by Jamie Veronica, daughter of the CEO of Big Cat Rescue. For just $4.00 a person could get a yearly subscription of Cat Tales and stay up to date with what was happening at Wildlife on Easy Street. Below is a picture of the copy of the Cat Tales newsletter that catches them in a lie.
"Attention!! We interrupt this newsletter to bring you this emergency report! The state has made new regulations concerning cages for exotic cats. (As you have read in previous newsletters) we have built many new cages, but most do not meet the new requirements, which will be set in the year 2000. The new requirements are as follows: Cougar cages must have a 45 degree angle at the top of the cage (which will be most difficult considering out cages are rounded not square), leopards must have a roof on their cage (which will be nearly impossible because their cages are so big). We went to the state and told them it would be too hard to put a roof on our leopard cages because their cages are so big and they told us to put the cats in smaller cages! We do not want them to go in smaller cages, but putting a roof on our big cages will be much more expensive. You can help! Please donate to our cage fund so the leopards and cougars can still have big cat-a-tats. We now return you to the newsletter already in progress."
So there we have it readers. Big Cat Rescue knew about the rule that has been in affect for over 10 years. They just chose to ignore it. Will the lies ever stop? Who knows.