Before I begin, I would like to say that I’m not Juan Garcia. I’m (hopefully) a future resident of the United States who currently lives in Turkey due to my parent’s job. I’m doing this because Juan said he won’t be maintaining this site for eternity, which is why I felt like adding a little bit of support to Juan’s work. I got interested in the subject of Big Cat Rescue after finding out that Big Cat Rescue opposes all exotic feline captivity, including the politically-correct A.Z.A zoos after reading a wonderful article called “Important Facts You Should Know About Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Florida”.
Who is Jack Hanna? You, the reader, might have seen this man in “The Late Show with David Letterman”, exhibiting animals of many types including exotic felines (take note of that) or on his own show “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” wearing the khaki safari outfit every single time he appears on TV. He is hated among some exotic animal owners (specifically the ones from Ohio) for supposedly contributing to the ban on private ownership of most exotic animals, which might actually make ALL zoos one step closer to being closed, hurting Hanna’s very cause of existence.
I wouldn’t know or care about Hanna being mentioned on this site if it weren’t for the same author of the previously mentioned article questioning why Hannah doesn’t get criticized by Big Cat Rescue as an animal abuser for doing what self-proclaimed “cat expert”, Carole Baskin condemns; handling and publicly exhibiting exotic animals.
For example, one victim of Carole’s "animal abuse" website is Steve Higgs of Toucans Exotic Animals. Higgs was listed as an animal abuser for bringing a monitor lizard, a Burmese python, and a lion cub (maybe if that lion was anything but a felid Baskin wouldn’t have cared about Higgs) on tv. If Higgs is an animal abuser according to Baskin, I wonder what kind of monster is Hanna? The moment you search his name you will see Hanna making physical contact with a wide variety of animals especially holding cubs and kittens of all kind. Yet Hanna has never made Baskin’s animal abuser list for doing this.
Another case of hypocrisy to be pointed out is when Baskin nagged Jimmy Kimmel to stop Dave Salmoni from “exploiting” wild felines when they appeared on his show. Although this is not a case mentioned on Baskin’s slanderous site, why doesn’t Baskin command her fans to attack Jack Hanna for doing the same thing?
The main reason why Baskin does not talk crud behind Hanna's back is probably because he might be one of the reasons why Big Cat Rescue became famous to the public to begin with. Big Cat Rescue likely made its debut to the public thanks to Jack Hanna’s show in an episode where they “rescue” cougars Cody and Missouri (while they rejected many other cats that needed a home due to lack of space) whose owners couldn’t take care of the cats after a divorce. So yes, you can thank Jack Hanna for helping Carole Baskin create her herd of sheeple.
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