Two days ago we uploaded a video we created in a PETA-esque style onto our Youtube and Facebook pages. We believe the video perfectly showcases the blatant hypocrisy emanating from Big Cat Rescue while also possibly revealing what many animal rights activists would consider animal abuse.
If Big Cat Rescue is willing to publicly post one of their staff members committing what many would view as animal abuse on a Facebook livestream, then what are they doing behind the scenes when the cameras aren’t rolling? We will break down the video for better clarification and will provide more details left out.
On November 17th, Big Cat Rescue took in 5 tigers originating from Serenity Springs Wildlife Center. Over a month ago, the owners of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge purchased Serenity Springs Wildlife Center with the animals apparently being included in the acquisition.
The new owners of the wildlife center then began distributing the animals to different facilities including Big Cat Rescue. As usual, a media circus gathered for the momentous occasion of Big Cat Rescue moving tigers from one cage to another shoddy set of cages.
Before we get into the details, we should provide a little background information on the female tiger that is the subject of the video. The tiger's name is Priya and she had just spent hours being transported from her home at Calhan, Colorado to a unfamiliar place at Tampa, Florida and was likely already stressed and scared.
As a matter of fact, she was on the brink of death when she arrived at Big Cat Rescue after being in the care of her new owners for over a month. Any unneeded stress would be detrimental to Priya’s overall wellbeing.
One of Big Cat Rescue’s workers was livestreaming the event on Facebook on behalf of Carole when something quite shocking unfolded.
Jamie Veronica, President of Big Cat Rescue, and one of her staff members were trying to coax Priya out of her transport cage but the tiger wasn’t cooperating. So the staff member resorted to using a very surprising method to force Priya out of the transport cage.
The staff member walked to the back of a golf cart and grabbed some kind of long thin object and started repeatedly sticking it through the cage in order to prod the tiger.
If Priya’s reaction was any indication, the staff member was likely making contact with the tiger using the object.
Since Jamie was there standing on top of the cage, monitoring the whole incident, we can only assume that it’s a standard practice for Big Cat Rescue. The video below only shows one instance of the prod being poked through the cage while there are many that occured off camera.
On Big Cat Rescue’s website, one of their policies says, “No animal abuse of any kind will be tolerated (this includes teasing) which is grounds for immediate dismissal.”
Since Big Cat Rescue classifies teasing as animal abuse will the staff member that was annoying the tiger be removed from their program? Does repeatedly sticking a long thin object to force a tiger out of its transport cage not classify as teasing or their own definition of animal abuse? If not, what other questionable methods are allowed?
Another policy of Big Cat Rescue says, “Big Cat Rescue is a strict no contact facility. At no time, under any circumstances, will any part of your person come into direct contact with any animal at Big Cat Rescue. Nor shall you use any object to touch an animal such as a stick or pole etc.”
Doesn’t their own livestream clearly show a staff member sticking some sort of narrow pole in the transport cage to get the tiger to move?
We will end it right here. What are your thoughts? Big Cat Rescue will likely claim we somehow fabricated the video even though it's right on their Facebook page.