Did Howard Baskin Assault A Woman?
While browsing through our social media feed, we happened to come across a photo showing police officers confronting Howard Baskin. The photo was posted on Facebook by a page called The Tiger Encounter, which is appears to be managed by Felicia Frisco, an animal trainer that puts on educational shows with her tigers.
Believing context is important, we privately messaged Felicia Frisco, asking her if she could fill us in on the story behind the photo.
In a statement exclusively provided to us on Nov 30, 2015, Felicia Frisco said:
While investigating the story further, we managed to find a statement from Baskin that addresses the incident.
On March 23, 2012, Howard Baskin publicly responded to a prior posting of the photo. In a response that referred to the Frisco family as being "despicable", Baskin said, "The truth is that as I was trying to leave the fair, Frisco ran in front of me, blocked me with his body and arms outstretched, and when I tried to step around him he bumped me, claimed I had bumped him, and then suddenly shoved me violently to the ground without provocation. The law enforcement officials had us each write out our statements, which is what is happening in the photo Schreibvogel posted. No charges have been filed."
Apparently this isn't the first time Baskin has come into close contact with competitors in the big cat industry. In 2010, Baskin apparently paid to pet and have his photo taken with a tiger cub from Dade City's Wild Things.
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