Big Cat Rescue finally responded to our video pertaining to one of their staff members committing what many people, including Carole Baskin, would view as animal abuse.
In typical Big Cat Rescue fashion, they made excuses and tried shifting the attention away from themselves instead of actually addressing the problem at hand. Their lack of answers shouldn't come as a surprise for our readers.
Big Cat Rescue has been churning out daily update pages to keep their fans up to date on the day to day happenings of their roadside zoo operation. The latest update contains a paragraph quickly mentioning the alleged abuse that occurred at their facility. Page can be found here: (December 11th Updates)
Big Cat Rescue said:
Who are these "animal abusers" claiming that an electric prod was used? Since the writer (presumably Carole Baskin) seems to be referring to our video, we can only assume they're calling their own fans animal abusers.
Our video featured comments written by Big Cat Rescue's followers that were outraged by how the tiger, Priya, was handled.
Further down their page of drivel, they put forth a lame attempt at manipulating their readers by starting off with mentioning an electric prod and then downplaying it as a simple "twig" while also blabbering about back scratchers even though writer admits one wasn't used.
Anyone with half a brain can clearly read the sheer stupidity in what Big Cat Rescue wrote. Rather than just explaining how their argument doesn't hold up, we will just show a simplistic comic we threw together.
Big Cat Rescue posted their update page that contained their response on Facebook. As usual, one of their devotees commented about how "animal abusers" are always lying and that Big Cat Rescue can do no wrong.
Big Cat Rescue replied to the Facebook comment with an even worse excuse (emphasis added):
Did Big Cat Rescue not bother to watch their own livestream? Is this the level of internal investigation we can come to expect from Big Cat Rescue regarding complaints of animal abuse? We don't need to imagine Gale doing anything since we can clearly see her poking the tiger.
According to Big Cat Rescue's comment, poking a cat is abuse and anyone caught doing so will terminated from their job. So why hasn't Gale been escorted off property?
Don't get us wrong, we have nothing against Gale, but it's hypocritical for Big Cat Rescue to let animal abuse go unpunished at their own facility yet still bash other facilities for committing what they believe to be animal abuse.
Gale knew she was harassing the tiger because in the livestream she said, "This won't bother you if you get up out of your cage". Her statement can be found in this video: Tiger Abuse At Big Cat Rescue?
We're sure Big Cat Rescue's supporters will totally disregard everything we said which is why we asked a facility accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) about their method of coaxing a tiger out of a transport cage.
As an added bonus, we will also throw in the statements gathered by someone that took the liberty of asking two facilities accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the organization currently accrediting Big Cat Rescue.
The ZAA accredited facility we sent our inquiries to is called Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. They gave us a rundown regarding their methods of getting a reluctant tiger to leave a transport cage:
The two GFAS accredited facilities a curious person asked are the Wildcat Sanctuary and In-Sync Exotics Rescue and Education Center.
When asked how they would get a tiger to leave a transport cage the Wildcat Sanctuary said:
When asked the same question, In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center said:
Not one of the facilities mentions having to use a "twig" to force the cats out of their transport cage. So either all of them are doing something wrong and Big Cat Rescue is right or Big Cat Rescue doesn't want to face the fact that one of their staff members got caught committing what they consider to be animal abuse.
Since Big Cat Rescue isn’t admonishing their staff member for violating their policies and committing animal abuse does that mean it's alright to prod a tiger? After all, Big Cat Rescue seems to think they're the ideal example for how a facility should operate.
One of the policies in question states (emphasis added):
Before we end off we should mention that the prod shown in the video appears not to be straight due to the pixelation caused by Facebook and the FPS the phone was recording in. The screenshot below shows the object in question being held behind Gale's back.
Update: We had the chance to question Big Cat Rescue on Facebook about the controversy. Whoever was running Big Cat Rescue's Facebook page at the time of our questioning admitted that they were wrong and referred to the object Gale had as a "tool". They said they were in a hurry to get the cats into their new cages.