First: Tony. I mean really you ruined every shred of your legitimacy the second you defended this. You think he has optimal accommodations? Living at a truck stop? He listens to the sounds of traffic, breaths fumes, and has vehicle runoff in his enclosure every time it rains. Alright yeah I totally see your point, Tony def has the superior accommodations.
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Second: They aren’t trying to close down zoos and sanctuaries. DO they love zoos? Some of the staff don’t, but they’re not on a mission to shut them down. They haven’t ever introduced legislation to do so. Here is what they are trying to push right now:
Fourth: BCR is 100% open with their past. It’s on their website and told to people on tours. That they used to breed and buy in the early 90s. And that they stopped that by the late 90s and became accredited in the early 2000s. You know how many zoos or sanctuaries have spotless beginnings? Hardly any. It’s the change they make for the better and their transparency afterwards that matter. But you’re not convinced, I can tell. Let’s go through the animals currently living at BCR shall we? I’ll even bold the ones born/bought in the early days since you think “most” of the cats were bred and bought by them.
- Amanda, Arthur, Andre(”The Texas Three”): From a bankrupt sanctuary in Texas.
- Alex: From an animal hoarder
- Bengali: retired circus performer.
- Kali: rescued from a bankrupt sanctuary Georgia. Sanctuary went under and was in dilapidated conditions when they were rescued.
- Keisha and Zeus: Rescued from a bankrupt “sanctuary” in New York.
- TJ: Rescued from a breeding facility in Florida that was closed when a staff member had been injured, and another killed by the cats.
- Zabu: rescued from a roadside zoo.
- Cameron: Rescued from a roadside zoo with Zabu
- Nikita: Found in a basement in a crack house.
- Joseph: Rescued from a pay to play facility where he had been declawed(others were defanged as well)
- Armani and Jade: Used previously in photoshoots for magazines, arrived at BCR then previously taken off-grounds for presentations before contact was stopped at the sanctuary
- Cheetaro: Rescued from a roadside zoo
- Jumanji: Born at BCR
- Sabre: Abandoned former pet
- Sundari: Born at BCR
- Ares, Artemis, Orion: Wild born, mother was shot by a hunter before they were brought to a rehabber for some time, then to BCR.
- Aspen Echo: Born at BCR
- Mac: Former pet
- Mickey: From a backyard zoo that lost its licensing.
- Narla: Former pet
- Reise: Former pet, brought to a facility in Florida that went under before she was brought to BCR
- Sassyfras: Breeding facility, to private owners, to BCR after the most recent owner took her life.
- Tobi: Former pet
- Desiree: Found 3-legged, roadside in the Arizona desert.
- Frosty: I believe bought at auction in 95.
- Pharaoh and Tonga: Born at BCR, accidental birth
- Purrsonality: I believe bought at auction in the 90s.
- I’ll save you the reading, the other 13 servals living at BCR were ALL former pets from other owners.
- Zeus and Apollo: Bought from a fur farm in 97
- Gilligan and Skipper: Rescued from the deplorable conditions of a private owner in Kansas
- Nirvana: Abandoned at a vet office
- Purrfection: Born at BCR
- There are 26 bobcats. This is getting really long so I wont list them all. But of the 26, 10 were bought from fur farms or auctions(BCR got its start with Carole buying out fur farms and auctions to save the cats from however they would end up) with the exception of Windstar who was born at BCR.
Now we have some other small cats, the three hybrids(two savannahs, one caracal/serval hybrid) that were rescued from private hands, the one sandcat left that was sent over from a facility in CA, and two caracals who’s origins I’m not sure of(Assuming bought in the early days but I’m unsure).
So if I counted right, there are about 86 animals at the sanctuary. 20-22 were either bought from the fur farms in the 90s or born at BCR in the early 90s as well. So 64-66 animals are ALL rescues from other facilities/outside ownership. What was this “most” you were referring to? BCR hasn’t bought or bred an animal since the 90s.
Don’t blindly believe people like Joe Schreibvogel and his ilk, from whom most of these lies come. BCR is one of the best forces out there for big cats and gives OUTSTANDING care to the animals that rely on them. They are constantly changing and expanding, they had a full surgical suite and functional hospital building with recovery areas for all the cats big and small, as most of them are geriatric and need advanced veterinary care. They are a true sanctuary.
Btw I have torn apart the 911animalabuse pages in the past. But I guess I’ll just stop here.
4. Carole’s 20 year plan has been edited, by other people multiple times and twisted a million times. I’ve actually spoken to her personally about this before. Her 20 year plan is to get legislation passed and make enough difference for big cats in the US that sanctuaries, INCLUDING HERS, are no longer needed and can go out of business. Not wanting zoos to be around at the end of the timeline is coming from the fact that she would like enough of a difference to be made for big cats that they are NO LONGER NEEDED. Is it realistic for this to be done in the 20 years she has set? No. What, when she hits the end of her timeline is she going to go and set fire to all the zoos??? Are there anti-zoo people at BCR: yes. And I don’t agree. Is everyone at BCR anti-zoo? NO. Many of the volunteers either have been keepers in the past or move on to be keepers.
5. Yes they lobby against hybrids because hybrids are IRRESPONSIBLE. Congrats on thinking a few short videos of a hybrid cat being affectionate completely dismantles the fact that: sanctuaries are so inundated with requests to take hybrids that they have to straight up say NO savannahs/bengals/etc., breeding wild cats to domestic cats is extremely dangerous, the wild genes undeniably come with behavioral problems, they are extremely specialized animals. Get a domestic cat. Breeding them to wild cats for cool new hybrids is irresponsible and unnecessary.
6. Congrats on spending a “day and a night” reading those links, which I already discussed and have already looked at. I actually know the sanctuary and the cats first hand. And the only lies here are yours and theirs. But here I finish, and as I said before this will be my last time speaking to you. Fortunately there are plenty of people that don’t actually believe all that nonsense, so if you still wanna run around spewing lies(I’m sure you think they feed all the cats live rabbits too), that’s fine.
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