True rescuers and sanctuaries do not breed. Breeding more tigers simply adds to the number of big cats that end up living in deplorable conditions or being destroyed to supply the illegal trade in tiger parts. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is the most highly respected body that defines what a true sanctuary is and sets standards of animal care and practices that sanctuaries must meet in order to be accredited. Facilities that breed or subject the animals to the stress of being carted around to exhibit definition are not sanctuaries. For more about the difference between real and “pseudo” sanctuaries, visit the GFAS website at http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/for-public/truth-about-sanctuaries/
Hunters or poachers sneak up on an animal and take their hides, meat, profit or just for the hunt. They often just leave carcasses to rot where they lay. Can you imagine the Despair of the siblings of these animals when they find one of their own slaughtered like this ? What happens if these animals have babies? What happens to them ? We need to protect some of these endangered and not so endangered animals from people making money from them. Taking an animals life for profit is just one more reason why we need tougher laws against this.
11 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and a cougar are in
desperate need of help too.
Today Big Cat Rescue rescued a lame cougar named Mickey from a rundown backyard zoo in Alabama. Mickey is 11 years old and desperately needs medical attention. We believe he has not had vet care in many years. We helped a number of other sanctuaries make arrangements to remove most of the owner’s other cats. We are still trying to make arrangements for others.
In June of 2013 a rescue group contacted us. They said a woman had been operating the pound in a county in Alabama and feeding the live dogs and cats that were surrendered to her,to her backyard collection of lions, tigers, bears, wolves, one cougar and one leopard. They said when she tried to feed a live Doberman to the leopard, the dog fought back – leaving the leopard with horrific, gaping wounds on its leg. The owner left the open, oozing wounds untreated. Another keeper said the injury happened because the two were kept side by side (as were most of the cages here) in these prison cells, but either way it was malice or neglect.
Big Cat Rescue pleaded with USDA (who had revoked her license a decade ago) to take action, but they said it wasn't their problem. We asked USFWS to step in, because the leopard is an endangered species, but they said it wasn't their problem. We asked the DNR to seize the remaining wild animals, but they said they don't deal with exotic wild animals. We asked the Sheriff to do something and he wouldn't even return our calls.
What made me even more angry is that when I kept on insisting that USDA do something about it, since they just left the animals behind when they revoked the woman’s license, USDA assured me they had spoken to the woman’s vet and the vet had said the cat wasn't suffering from the open wounds that had cut clean to the bone and had been open and oozing for many months. USDA said there wasn't anything they could do and wouldn't discuss it any further.
In Feb of this year, I found out that the leopard had died.
I mailed a letter to the owner, as I had no other way to reach her, and in May she told me to come get all of her remaining animals because she was tired of having to take care of them and couldn't afford them on just her social security check.
But then she changed her mind. In the months of back and forth with her, her family, her vet and her DNR inspector, we learned that no vet had ever come to even check on the leopard. We also were told that the owner was no longer of sound mind. Today at least the rest of her animals are in the process of being rescued.
It is unacceptable that such suffering and neglect can happen in this country! We couldn’t save the beautiful leopard, but WITH YOUR DONATIONS we can give Mickey the cougar the love, nutrition and medical care that he desperately needs. Please help us.
Florida law requires that all charities soliciting donations disclose their registration number (CH11409) and the percentage of your donation that goes to the cause and the amount that goes to the solicitor. We do not use professional solicitors, so 100% of your donation goes to Big Cat Rescue. Our low fundraising and administrative costs are covered by tour income, so 100% of your donations go to supporting the cats and stopping the abuse. Federal ID #59-3330495. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 1-800-HELP-FLA TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Big Cat Rescue willing to provide home for Tony
Big Cat Rescue has been working with animal advocates for 10 years for this day when Tony can finally be freed. Big Cat Rescue was the first organization to hire an attorney for Tony and to bring his plight national awareness. We stand ready to pick him up and bring him to Tampa where he can live out his life in a beautiful lakeside enclosure with a hillside cave, pool and world class staff and volunteers to cater to his every need. Everyone involved in Tony’s case knows that we would be happy to have Tony live out the remainder of his life here. At this time the decision of where Tony goes is still in the hands of his owner, Michael Sandlin who hates Big Cat Rescue for all we have done to free Tony.
Victory for Tony
Baton Rouge Court Grants Permanent Injunction, Ordering Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to Stop Issuing Illegal Permit Allowing Tony to Be Kept on Display in Iberville Parish
BATON ROUGE, La. – This morning, a judge in East Baton Rouge District Court granted the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) request for a permanent injunction against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, preventing the Department from renewing the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of Grosse Tete’s Tiger Truck Stop, to display Tony, a ten-year-old Siberian-Bengal tiger. When the current permit expires in December 2011, Sandlin will no longer be able to keep Tony confined as a roadside exhibit at the truck stop where he has languished for over a decade. The court also assessed costs against the Department in the case.
In preparation for the day the current permit expires and Tony is finally free, ALDF hopes to work with the Department to find the best possible new home for him, providing recommendations for reputable sanctuaries where Tony can live out his life in a peaceful, natural environment, free from the 24-hour exposure to noise and diesel fumes that have plagued his life to date.
“Today, the law was upheld in the state of Louisiana, which has explicit regulations designed to protect tigers like Tony,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “It is an incredible victory for ALDF, the tens of thousands around the world who have supported this campaign, and most of all, for Tony. We eagerly look forward to the day that he leaves behind the noise and fumes of the Tiger Truck Stop for a new life of freedom that he has never known.”
May 6th, 2011 http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1700
Sign a petition asking that Tony be freed immediately here: http://www.change.org/petitions/speak-out-for-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger
Help Tony the Truck Stop Tiger get away from the gas station and into an accredited sanctuary with your email here http://ow.ly/3871mTo read more: http://bigcatrescue.org/free-tony-the-truck-stop-tiger/
Texas exotic animal dealer accused of animal cruelty is now considered a fugitive. May 4th 2010
U.S. Global Exotics, the company Jasen Shaw operated with his wife, Vanessa, traded in hundreds of thousands of exotic animals and "pocket pets" about 500 species in all, including sloths, chinchillas, lemurs, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, turtles, lizards, amphibians and spiders -- since the company was founded in 2002. U.S. Global Exotics reported earnings in the millions during each of the years from 2005 through 2007, according to the Morning News.
More than 26,000 of the animals at the Arlington, Tex., facility were seized in the December raid, which was precipitated by a months-long undercover investigation by a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals employee. The investigator, Howard Goldman, provided photographic evidence and undercover video documenting the conditions at U.S. Global Exotics and later offered his testimony about the company in court. To read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/05/us-global-exotics-fugitive.htmlFrom Pet Abuse:
A federal arrest warrant has been issued for the owner of the defunct U.S. Global Exotics, an Arlington-based business where animals were confiscated in December in one of the largest animal cruelty seizures in U.S. history. Jasen Shaw, a native of New Zealand, faces charges of falsified information and false labeling for export, according to the warrant, issued Feb. 10.
Federal authorities think Shaw fled to New Zealand to avoid prosecution, said Charna Lefton, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service southwest division. Not so, said Shaw's attorney, Lance T. Evans. Evans said he has been in constant contact with his client during negotiations with federal officials. "He had already gone to New Zealand before the warrant was issued," Evans said. "He had to leave because his business failed." If convicted, Shaw could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and fined $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for an organization, Lefton said.
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/05/04/2164722/arrest-warrant-issued-in-arlington.html#ixzz0pjiJP8C7
Source: Star-Telegram - May 4, 2010
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911 Animal Abuse Big Cat Exploitation
Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center
Locust Grove, GA
Staff and supporters of Noah’s Ark have visited Big Cat Rescue and seem to be working toward levels of animal care and financial transparency that would qualify them for accreditation as a sanctuary. They say that they do not breed, buy or sell and it is believed that they no longer allow public interaction with big cats or cubs.
The following was from 2011 and may no longer be true of the facility.
Any place that allows public contact with wild animals, or their cubs, should be avoided as they clearly do not have the best interest of the animals in mind. Check it out for yourself to determine if the animals have sufficient space, enrichment and seem to be in good health and spirits.
2011: Is Noah’s Ark Promoting Cub Petting?
A brief look at their website shows many images of people posing with tiger cubs. Find out why posing with tiger cubs promotes abuse.
A playful American black bear cub, named Little Anne, and two equally active tiger cubs, named Doc and Leonard, are frolicking about their habitat, seemingly without a care in the world.
The three small cubs are the newest inhabitants at Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Children’s Care Home, in Locust Grove, and they represent the non-profit’s continuous need for both monetary, and in-kind support, according to Diane Smith, assistant to the Noah’s Ark Founder and Director Jama Hedgecoth.
When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur
farms, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling
desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by
their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to
cut the skin and fur from an animal's leg, the free limbs kick and
writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too
hard to allow a clean cut.When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals' heads, their
naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone
before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and
blinking slowly. Some of the animals' hearts are still beating five to
10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned
raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his
bloodied head and stare into the camera.Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their
cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or
slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but
not always immediate death. Animals watch helplessly as workers make
their way down the row.
Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International toured fur farms in China's Hebei Province, and it quickly became clear why outsiders are banned from visiting. There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China—farmers can house and slaughter animals however they see fit. The investigators found horrors beyond their worst imaginings and concluded, "Conditions on Chinese fur farms make a mockery of the most elementary animal welfare standards. In their lives and their unspeakable deaths, these animals have been denied even the simplest acts of kindness."
On these farms, foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, exposed to driving rain, freezing nights, and, at other times, scorching sun. Mother animals, who are driven crazy from rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters.
The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where fur products come from. China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Even if a fur garment's label says it was made in a European country, the animals were likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere—possibly on an unregulated Chinese fur farm.
The only way to prevent such unimaginable cruelty is never to wear any fur. Take PETA's pledge to be fur-free today!
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Exotic Pet Trade
Each year across the nation, countless numbers of exotic animals are purchased as pets. Sugar gliders, hedgehogs and prairie dogs are just a few of the exotic species recently gaining popularity in pet stores. Others, such as non-human primates, tigers and even bears are readily obtainable from private breeders and dealers who advertise to buyers via magazines and over the Internet. Wherever they come from, the global commercialization of exotic animals is a multi-billion dollar industry that often results in animal cruelty, health risks and serious population declines.
- What is the exotic pet trade?
- Where do exotic animals come from?
- What is the environmental impact of the exotic pet trade?
- How are most exotic animals sold to the public?
- Is it difficult to take care of an exotic pet?
- Are exotic pets dangerous?
- Can exotic pets spread disease?
- Why do exotic pets often become the victims of abuse?
- What about small exotic animals—don’t they make good pets?
- Are there laws about keeping exotics animals as pets?
- What can I do to help?
What is the exotic pet trade?
The exotic pet trade is the trade and keeping of wild animals as pets, essentially contributing to the suffering of millions of animals, threatening public health and safety, disrupting ecosystems and driving species to endangerment and extinction. Most exotic pets end up in the hands of private individuals, where they suffer from inappropriate housing and care and poor nutrition.
Many exotic animals arrive in the United States illegally. Illegal trafficking in exotic animals is a global business, worth close to $20 billion each year. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the profit made from illegal trade in wildlife ranks second only to the trade of illegal drugs in the United States.
Where do exotic animals come from?
Hundreds of millions of animals enter the exotic pet trade every year. Some are captured from their native lands. Others bred in private kennels. Even more are surplus from roadside menageries, zoos and circuses.
Exotics are taken from the wild
To meet the demand for exotic pets, thousands of animals are taken from their native lands each year, perpetuating the decline of many species and disrupting delicate ecosystems. The animals often endure horrific transport conditions before being sold—many die along the way.
Exotics are bred in captivity
While it is common for exotics to be taken from native habitats, others are mass-bred in captivity—but life for these animals is no easier. Similar to puppy mills, conditions at exotic breeding facilities are often very dismal and the breeder animals are often forced to live in less-than-sanitary conditions. Breeders also often remove newborns from their mothers within hours or days of birth so that they can be hand-raised. Such traumatic separations leave both mother and infant emotionally scarred.
Exotic animals are surplus animals
Due to rampant over-breeding in certain zoos, circuses and other public animal attractions, there is often a surplus of captive-bred exotic animals entering the market. Furthermore, when baby animals reach adulthood, they are typically traded out to make room for a new batch of younger animals. Surplus animals may travel from buyer to buyer before finally ending up in another roadside menagerie, zoo or private home, or as the target in a canned hunt. Canned hunting is the practice of hunting exotic animals in a confined area. Hunters typically pay a high price to shoot and kill a rare animal, often at close range, for a surefire trophy. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 canned hunting operations across the nation.
What is the environmental impact of the exotic pet trade?
Many of the animals in the exotic pet trade are taken out of environmentally sensitive areas such as the rainforest or African plains. The loss of animals from the wild is perilous, since ecosystems rely largely on animal carriers to spread plant seeds through their fur and dung. Furthermore, animal prey and predators rely on each other to keep populations in balance.
It is also the capture of baby animals that is the most lucrative, and often the mother is killed in order to take her young, further increasing the extinction rate of many already endangered animals.
How are most exotic animals sold to the public?
Exotic animals are sold to the highest bidder at dozens of auctions held across the United States, but the Internet has emerged as the leading place for people to buy these animals. Unfortunately, Internet trafficking of live animals is on the rise. With little more than a credit card, people can log on to one of dozens of websites and easily purchase a tiger, baboon or baby giraffe, and have a new pet within days.