On September 6th, an anonymous individual sent us an email explaining how they wanted to expose certain practices they found to be horrendous during their time volunteering for Big Cat Rescue. What sets this apart from prior volunteers that have spoken out is that this person claims to have volunteered at Big Cat Rescue sometime within the past four years.
It’s important to keep in mind that the statement given to us cannot be corroborated. The anonymous individual failed to provide us with evidence that would verify that they actually volunteered at Big Cat Rescue. We will refer to the anonymous individual as Jane Doe since that's the alias they were using in our correspondence.
With that in mind, we present you with the bombshell of an email we were sent:
Although we can't verify the claims made by Jane Doe, there are outside sources of evidence that add credibility to some of their claims.
For starters, Jane Doe claims that the dirt used for enclosures and to fill-in holes contained trash. As it turns out, Big Cat Rescue publicly said that they purchased dirt laden with “junk" to fill in "big ruts" (emphasis added):
Are the alleged "pieces of plastic, glass, and trash" remnants from a mistake they made in the past or are they still utilizing the same type of dirt? Maybe the rubbish reportedly being found isn't just coming from the dirt being purchased.
According to an archived copy of Big Cat Rescue's former Wildlife On Easy Street website, their property used to be a dump site (emphasis added):
As for the improper treatment of rats, we find it suspicious that Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, posted a video praising her volunteers for cleaning out the cages housing their rats shortly after we were contacted by Jane Doe. It’s strange because the individual had expressed to us how they're still very supportive of Big Cat Rescue and didn't message us out of malice (emphasis added):
Big Cat Rescue’s volunteers working "very hard" to clean the area housing rats could just be a mere coincidence. The timing is just odd because Jane Doe hasn’t replied to any of our emails since September 7th (more on that in a bit). Big Cat Rescue’s video was posted on September 9th:
Hopefully, Jane Doe didn't have second thoughts and alert Big Cat Rescue about what they revealed to us. If that's the case, Big Cat Rescue likely would have worked "very hard" at covering things up before they could be held accountable. That's just speculation though.
Jane Doe explaining how they witnessed volunteers and staff members getting dangerously close to the cats isn’t far-fetched. As a matter of fact, Jame Veronica, President of Big Cat Rescue, was filmed sticking her hand in a cage to touch a leopard that has a history of mauling people:
As for the flooded cages, it’s a well known fact that Big Cat Rescue’s property has a pretty bad habit of flooding. Former volunteers from the late-90's have made similar claims. So it would appear that after all of these years Big Cat Rescue still hasn't found a permanent solution to address their flooding problem once and for all (click HERE to see just how bad it gets):
Jane Doe stating how volunteers would lie about the origins of the cats doesn't come as a surprise. We have extensively covered how Big Cat Rescue hasaltered the stories of their cats over the years and how some of their tour guides have even been caught spreading completely fabricated stories to tourists:
So what took us so long to publish this story? Well, this article would’ve been released last month, but the anonymous individual asked if they could write a letter of their own instead of relying on us to present the information for them. We thought that was a great idea because a heartfelt letter would have more of an impact.
It’s currently the 14th of October and we still haven't received the letter the anonymous individual said they were going to write. A week or so ago we sent an email to the individual explaining how if we didn't receive their letter within the week we would have no choice, but to go ahead and publish our own article. Since you're reading the article it's pretty obvious that we were never sent the letter. We have been very patient and accommodating considering that the last email we received from the individual was on September 7th.