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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.
I’d like to thank my guest writer for taking the time to help out. It can be very time consuming trying to keep up with Big Cat Rescue’s lies and hypocrisy. The writer makes an excellent point that I will expand a little on.
Big Cat Rescue always attacks animal handlers that bring exotic animals on television because they say it’s exploitation and helps promote the exotic pet trade. The definition of exploitation can be applied to Big Cat Rescue as well, though they seem to think exploitation doesn’t apply to “sanctuaries”.
If Big Cat Rescue is so against people having hands-on contact with exotic cats and is opposed to exotic animals being exploited and handled on television why do they proudly display Jack Hanna on their website as a celebrity that has visited their facility? Does that make any sense? So they’re absolutely against people handling exotic cats on television but are not above promoting celebrities who do so as long as it also promotes Big Cat Rescue? That seems very contradictory.
It’s odd that Big Cat Rescue attacks the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation, another controversial facility in Mexico, and here’s why. On Big Cat Rescue’s erroneous “animal abuse” website they say,
“We reached out to Serio a year or more before this post, because we thought he was doing himself a huge disservice by posing with cubs. We told him that no animal protection group would accept him or even think him a good person unless he stopped acting in such a hypocritical way. We tried to reason with him and didn’t expose him for a long time because we thought he was just foolish and not trying to be cruel. We could not continue to ignore him though when he began trotting celebrities through and having them pose with cubs because people will stupidly mimic celebrities without thinking about the consequences for the cats. We really tried to be nice and still want him to do the right thing.”
How hypocritical for Carole Baskin to criticize another facility when she has a page dedicated to Jack Hanna’s visit to Big Cat Rescue that features a picture of Jack reaching through one of their cages to pet one of their full grown lions. They even have a picture showing Jack holding some of the animals that used to live at Big Cat Rescue.
If that’s not bad enough, the CEO/ Founder, Carole Baskin, and the Chief Financial Advisor, Howard Baskin, were even featured in a magazine holding a bobcat. Howard Baskin was also caught taking a photo with a baby tiger cub in a cub petting operation. Is this not a typical case of "do as I say and not as I do"? The same thing they criticize Kevin Richardson of doing?
Like our guest writer said, why doesn’t Big Cat Rescue speak out against Jack Hanna or list him on their animal abuse website since he handles exotic animals? They listed me as an animal abuser for simply speaking out against them and for visiting their facility and several others to gain some insight into animal facilities that house exotic animals. I guess they didn't like my comments and photos of Big Cat Rescue, but photos don't lie and neither do I.