When we sometimes assert that Big Cat Rescue has purchased many of the cats they portray as being rescued, they consistently respond with their erroneous “History and Evolution” page. Big Cat Rescue’s devoted supporters then flock to their side by saying, “that was in the past”. These same followers are then typically encouraged by Big Cat Rescue to criticize facilities that have purchased exotic cats as "rescues".
The attackers usually say something along the lines of, “it’s wrong and counterproductive to rescue cats by buying them because the money goes back to supporting the exotic pet trade.” So we have to ask, if Big Cat Rescue were still buying cats would their supporters stop supporting them and start criticizing them like they do to other facilities?
A document filed back in 2011 was brought to our attention and seems to indicate that Big Cat Rescue is still going out of their way to purchase exotic cats. We’re very grateful for the people that find and send us key pieces of information we have overlooked.
As it turns out, in Big Cat Rescue’s “Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation”, they specifically say, “[Big Cat Rescue] will seek to purchase, or accept animals in need of care.” So one has to wonder how many of their recent "rescues" have actually been purchased.
Big Cat Rescue's original 1995 articles of incorporation was filed when they were still known as Wildlife on Easy Street. It shows that while they claim they became a sanctuary in 1993 they actually incorporated for the purpose of breeding their cats which lasted from 1992 until 2001.
Looking a bit further down the same document, it’s interesting to note Big Cat Rescue’s lack of integrity when they say, “No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation...” We all know Big Cat Rescue specializes in spreading propaganda and attempting to ban exotic cats by influencing legislation. Will they ever be honest?