I'm Juan Garcia, the creator, editor, and administrator of BCR Watch. Thanks for choosing to use my website as a source for researching Big Cat Rescue. Please do take your time and look through all of the pages on this website. I'm always trying to update this website to make it look better and to make it as accurate as possible. Make sure to use the search bar if you're looking for something specific.
I bet you have some questions or you may already have some preconceived idea of who I am. I'll try to answer the most common questions and accusations I'm constantly faced with. I'll also answer some other questions too. Thanks again.
LAST UPDATED ON: 9/25/19
LAST UPDATED ON: 9/25/19
Do You Own Exotic Pets?
No, I'm not an exotic pet owner. The only animal I ever owned was a dog which I bought at a dog pound.
What Do You Gain By Doing This?
I used to answer that I gained nothing by doing this, which is still true to this day. The only thing that has changed is me wondering if I can grow BCR Watch. Then again, I'm really tired of doing this and want to walk away from this all.
When this website first started back in 2014, I had planned on talking about various topics other than Big Cat Rescue. They were just going to be a one off post and that would be the end of it. As you can see, that didn't quite pan out. If I shut down this website today, I will lose nothing. Well, except for the money used to buy domain names. To this day, I wish I never found out about them.
Who Else Runs BCR Watch?
I'm the only Juan that runs BCR Watch. See what I did there? Replacing "one" with "Juan". Huzzah! Aren't I such a barrel of laughs? Anyway, I'll occasionally use "we" in some of my writings because it sounds better than using "I". People do send me information pertaining to Big Cat Rescue though and I'll occasionally have somebody proof read what I write.
I think it's pretty funny that people think I'm some huge organization run by numerous people. If that were the case, this website wouldn't look as bad as it does now and articles would be written with proper grammar and punctuation.
Why Are You Doing This?
I first started speaking out against Big Cat Rescue because I was tired of them getting away with deceiving the public out of their money and attacking others. My website is just a means of providing people information they may need when determining whether or not they want to support Big Cat Rescue. You can continue supporting them if you wish, but just speak out when you see them lying. Is that too much to ask?
What Are The Sources For Your Information?
I have many sources, but the one I use most often is web.archive.org. That's where I found most of my information pertaining to the cats of Big Cat Rescue and their many contradictions which mostly came from the words of Carole Baskin, CEO/Founder of Big Cat Rescue. Other sources include former volunteers, staff members, USDA Acquisition forms, news articles, photos, videos, Facebook posts, and people that have knowledge of Big Cat Rescue. To those who say this information is in the past I say you are wrong. The best indicator of character and integrity is past behavior. Omission of the truth is equal to a lie, and Carole Baskin has been lying for over 20 years.
How Did BCR Watch Start?
I'll start from the beginning. I was a big supporter of Big Cat Rescue, not through money, but as a fan. I absolutely loved their Youtube videos which is how I discovered them in the first place. Believe it or not, I actually wanted to be their cameraman or photographer. As time passed on, I grew more and more into liking them and planned on donating. Before I gave them money I decided to research them a little bit more to see if they were legit.
I remembered a website called REXANO that seemed to have information about Big Cat Rescue. I never really looked into their page about Big Cat Rescue before because I thought it was just going to be useless information full of opinions since REXANO is for the private possession of exotic animals which is what Big Cat Rescue is against. I decided to give their website a once over and began looking at the information they offered. Most of the news articles that were linked could not be read because they had to be purchased first. Since I didn't want to spend money on the articles I decided to checked out a rebuttal made by the Feline Conservation Federation. That still wasn't enough to completely change my mind. I began searching online for the news report video that didn't work on the REXANO website. When I finally found the video on Youtube I was ecstatic. After watching the video I completely changed my mind about what I thought about Big Cat Rescue.
The part of the news report that put me over the edge was the clip of Shere Khan playing in a small pool as a cub while Carole Baskin narrated saying, "he came from a loving and nurturing home". That struck a chord with me because Big Cat Rescue had just uploaded a video on Youtube saying how Shere Khan was abused, neglected, and couldn't even walk.
I commented on Big Cat Rescue's video about Shere Khan and left a link to the news report. When I checked up on my comment, I saw that it had been deleted. Well, that didn't sit to well with me so I commented again and replied to other people's comments leaving a link to the video. That upset a few of their followers which caused arguments. They kept saying Big Cat Rescue has changed even though I just proved they were currently lying as their new video of Shere Khan proved. I showed them more evidence I found on the REXANO website and online. Every piece of evidence I posted was dismissed as coming from an unreliable source because my evidence came from websites run by people that promoted big cats in captivity. I was eventually blocked.
When I discovered that I was blocked I began private messaging people that commented on Big Cat Rescue's videos. I sent them links to all of the evidence I gathered. That changed many people's minds and also caused some people to become angry at me. Like before, the stubborn people dismissed the evidence as not credible for simply coming off of a website belonging to people that promoted big cats kept in captivity.
I was about to give up on the whole Big Cat Rescue thing until I had a calm discussion with a person who owned the website called Animal Ethics RI. The person listened to what I had to say and looked at all the evidence. They still ended up supporting Big Cat Rescue but I ended up checking their website which turned out to be a great decision. At the very bottom of their website I saw a small ad for a website builder. The ad said I could build my own website for free. So I made an account.
I planned on making a blog and the first topic would be about, you guessed it, Big Cat Rescue. That way I can post my own evidence without it being discredited as the words of an exotic animal owner. Big Cat Rescue was just going to be one post out of many blog posts. I was bored so I figured a blog would be a good idea but had I known it would take a lot of time I wouldn't have made one. Well, as fate would have it, things grew from the moment I published my blog about Big Cat Rescue. Not right away but things did eventually grow.
I was going to delete my website because it had been a little over a month and my blog received zero views. Suddenly, I started receiving comments on my blog post about Big Cat Rescue. The comments congratulated me for speaking out against them. I was then sent loads of information about Big Cat Rescue from anonymous sources. That certainly peaked my interest.
Many revampings and a domain name change later, here we are.