We recently made a video discussing the facts surrounding Big Cat Rescue’s sponsorship of an animal rights conference. We’ll post it here for those if you that prefer watching videos rather than reading. If you’re the complete opposite just scroll past the video.
On multiple social media posts, Big Cat Rescue proudly announced that they will be sponsoring an animal rights conference called Taking Action For Animals (TAFA).
TAFA is a venue for animal rights activists to get together and devise strategies on how to lobby for legislation that will ultimately impact your lives along with the lives of your furry companions.
According to an undercover attendee of the 2016 TAFA conference, animal rights activists were promoting technology that can be utilized to spy on people and businesses that don’t align with their ideology (emphasis added):
Anyway, this isn’t the first time Big Cat Rescue has been a sponsor of this conference. Through research we have been able to discover that they have been a sponsor of TAFA since 2010.
Upon inspecting the 2010 TAFA brochure, we can see that Big Cat Rescue was a Bronze level sponsor which meant they had to pay $1,000.
Not too expensive, right? Well, Big Cat Rescue was a Silver Level sponsor for TAFA in 2011 which meant they paid $2,500.
In 2012, they spent $12,000 to become a Diamond Level sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship.
In 2014, they spent $25,000 to become a Diamond Level sponsor yet again. Why was there a dramatic increase in price? Who knows?
In 2016, they were a Diamond Level sponsor again except for whatever reason the event organizers decided not to publicly post the brochure that listed the prices for each level of sponsorship.
Since the price to become a Diamond level sponsorship doubled in a two year period, we can’t even fathom how much money Big Cat Rescue wasted for 2016.
That brings us to this years TAFA conference. Like 2016, the prices for sponsoring the event weren’t disclosed. As a matter of fact, they seem to have done away with the different types of sponsorship levels altogether.
Why would Big Cat Rescue spend tens of thousands of dollars sponsoring the same conference for several years? The likely answer is that they get to advertise their roadside zoo to other animal rights organizations. The more people in the animal rights industry that know Big Cat Rescue’s name, the more of a chance they have at establishing connections with the right people that can help with their agenda.
After all, some of the perks that come packaged with their Diamond Level sponsorship range from having their name and logo included in social media posts to having their website attached in mass emails sent out to the supporters of the Humane Society of the United States.
We should mention that Taking Action For Animals is a project of the Humane Society of the United States, a notorious organization that was recently embroiled in controversy yet again.
This time around, the controversy didn’t involve animals. Well, we guess it did involve a different kind of predatory animal.
As reported by the Washington Post, Wayne Pacelle, the former CEO was forced to resign after allegations of sexual harassment were directed at him (emphasis added):
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Big Cat Rescue was a big fan of Wayne considering he was one of the most prominent figures in the animal rights world.
Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder of Big Cat Rescue, even created a page where she was practically gushing over Wayne visit to her roadside zoo (emphasis added):
On the same page, Carole discloses that she was a former colleague of Wayne (emphasis added):