Unlike Big Cat Rescue's 911 Animal Abuse website, we have taken the liberty to attach links to all the sources we reference. Just click the dates or the bold underlined words.
April 12, 2018 - In a bizarre rant, Big Cat Rescue admits to most of the problems listed below while simultaneously claiming they're lies. Interestingly enough, they admit to an entirely separate jabbing incident that took place when Cooper, a wild bobcat, was being released. In their rant, they say, "This is Cooper’s release. Some of the young rehabbed bobcats leap freely from the crate. Others are shy and we have to urge them out of the crate. We may have touched him with a stick, to spook him out of the crate, but we would never hurt a cat."
They also admitted that a tourist that pays for their "volunteer vacations" program can possibly help during a surgical procedure.
October 8, 2017 - A 17-year old female white tiger named Zabu almost drowned in a small pond with volunteers helplessly screaming and watching from outside the enclosure. The tiger's mate, a male lion named Cameron, had to be sedated in order to try saving the drowning tiger.
August 4, 2017 - While live-streaming on Facebook, Carole Baskin filmed her daughter who is also the President of Big Cat Rescue using a some sort of stick to prod at a then 4-month old bobcat kitten named Cooper.
November 17, 2016 - During a Facebook live stream one of Big Cat Rescue's workers tried forcing a tiger out of a transport cage by poking at it using a prod of some kind. The camera would occasionally pan away from the tiger each time the worker had the prod in hand. The tiger could be heard clearly displaying its anger off camera, but fortunately some of the prodding was caught on video. Many worried fans of Big Cat Rescue commented their disapproval and suggested to leave the tiger in the transport cage until it was ready to get out on its own as it was likely scared. September 9, 2016 - A serval was found with a broken leg inside its cage. Big Cat Rescue claims to not know what caused the injury. When taken to see their veterinarian they started making paw paintings using the legs that weren't broken.
August 15, 2016 - Big Cat Rescue orchestrated a call-to-action on a restaurant called the Paramount Grill after learning they might allow their patrons to pet kittens to raise money to help in the transport of a rescued rhino. Some of Big Cat Rescue's supporters ended up threatening the restaurant owner and his employees by sending death threats and bomb threats.
July 15, 2016 - Big Cat Rescue offers a new program called "Volunteer Vacations" where tourists can pay thousands of dollars to "volunteer" for a week. In the page detailing the program, Big Cat Rescue says, "You absolutely cannot touch the cats, unless it just so happens that one is sedated for medical procedures that particular week."
February 23, 2016- A volunteer is possibly bitten by a cougar. One of Big Cat Rescue's volunteers originally reported that she had been bitten by a cougar, but later changed her story claiming that she was injured by a sharp point on the enclosure housing the cougar.
December 6, 2014 - Big Cat Rescue admits that they were declawing their cats until 2005. They try blaming their actions on "breeders and dealers" even though Carole wrote a book explaining how she would never declaw a domesticated cat, but recommends declawing exotic cats. In her book she goes on to say, "The reasons for declawing are endless and the excuses for not doing so are not justified." Cat Care Book
December 5, 2014 - One of Big Cat Rescue's sandcats choked to death on a chicken neck. Volunteers were forced to watch the cat slowly die as they waited on Carole Baskin and her daughter to arrive on scene. On their website, Big Cat Rescue says, "Our policies don’t allow anyone to rush in with Canyon without Jamie or Carole present, because no one would have known that he was choking, rather than having a seizure, until they had their fingers in his mouth."
Sandcats are a tiny species of exotic cat that weigh between 3-8 pounds.
November 17, 2014 - The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement conducts an unannounced inspection of Big Cat Rescue and finds more than 70 discrepancies such as failing to maintain rusty enclosures, filthy water bowls for the cats, and improper record keeping. October 2, 2014- Big Cat Rescue is issued a warning from the Florida Fish & Wildlife for housing leopards in an open top enclosure. There is evidence that Big Cat Rescue housed multiple leopards in an open top enclosure on numerous occasions putting the public in potential danger despite knowing the law.
September 30, 2011 - 10 News Investigators Raise Questions About Big Cat Rescue's Transparency.
March 15, 2011 - ABC Action News investigates Big Cat Rescue's controversial practice of feeding live domesticated rabbits to their bobcats. Rabbit rescue groups urged Big Cat Rescue to find an alternative practice since the domesticated rabbits hop towards the bobcats and don't act like wild rabbits.
March 16, 2006 - With the testimony from former volunteers, Bay News 9 conducts an investigation into the dishonest fundraising practices of Big Cat Rescue.
January 21, 1999- A volunteer is bitten by an ocelot while walking by a cage and files a lawsuit. The volunteer claimed that Wildlife On Easy Street (Big Cat Rescue) failed to properly train, manage, and supervise volunteers.
1999 - Emails allegedly show that Carole Baskin had her volunteers toss live chickens into her cats cages because cabin guests complained about their noise. In those emails, Carole allegedly goes on to say, "As for Daniel's trouble with ____, he feels that ____ uses the lure of the cats at Easy Street to get young girls to pose nude for him. He fears that will bring shame on Easy Street if not get us all busted for child pornography."
1998 - Former staff members allege that a woman named Jennifer Adair was bitten in the thigh by Baskin's pet snow leopard Hercules, bought for her by husband Don Lewis for her birthday. This bite went unreported.
1998- A cougar named Fleetwood almost dies due to eating a harness Carole Baskin had purposefully left on it. The cougar's intestines were laced and permeated with purple nylon and ruptured where the harness buckle burst through the intestinal wall, causing massive internal bleeding.
September 15, 1998- A woman named Leah Dixon required hospital treatment after being attacked by a cougar which nearly scalped her. By this time, Carole had learned to have victims sign a release. We have a copy of the release signed by Leah Dixon.
September 10, 1998 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture charged Carole Lewis, doing business as Wildlife on Easy Street, with violations of the Animal Welfare Act. APHIS inspectors found that Carole failed to:
Maintain compatible groups of animals in the same enclosure.
Handle animals in a manner that prevented physical harm.
Maintain structurally sound housing facilities for dogs.
Clean water receptacles.
Clean the premises and keep it free of accumulations of trash.
Maintain complete records on the premises showing the acquisition, disposition, and identification of animals.
Provide a suitable method for the rapid elimination of water from outdoor housing facilities.
Clean primary enclosures as required.
Store supplies of food in an adequate manner.
and Maintain a sufficient distance or barrier between animals and the viewing public.
September 2, 1998 - A volunteer needed 451 stitches after being mauled by a leopard. The attack resulted in the leopard removing the volunteer's skin from her elbow to her wrist.
December 3, 1997 - A man is "severely bitten on his left forearm” by a South American cougar and files a lawsuit.
June 12, 1997- Missing millionaire Jack Donald 'Don' Lewis files for a protection order against Carole. In the protection order, Don alleges that Carole hid his gun and threatened to kill him. This occurred a couple months before his mysterious disappearance.
1996 - The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) hired British veterinarian John Gripper to visit 21 facilities in Florida for their investigative report. One of the places he visited was Wildlife On Easy Street (Big Cat Rescue). The WSPA report claimed that most of the cats at Wildlife On Easy Street were kept 'in barren cages without any environmental enrichment'.
August 1996 - Two cougars escaped from their cages at Wildlife On Easy Street. According to Tampa Bay Times, one of the escaped cougars was caught within an hour while the second cougar was captured more than 12 hours later outside of the perimeter fence surrounding the roadside zoo
June 5, 1996 - Carole Baskin writes a letter that details many human and animal injuries that have occurred.
One incident is written as follows, "A 200 pound Leopard leaped 24 feet and was caught in midair by my husband, Don Lewis. The cat was smiling and had his mouth wide open as he flew through the air. As he landed, his top canine tooth caught on Don's neck. The weight and impact caused the tooth to slice deeply across my husband's throat. The gash was so bad that we thought surely his head would fall off, but Don, typical to his nature, refused to see a Doctor."
August 1994- Two leopards are seized due to improper permits.
1987 - During a deposition regarding the custody of her child, Carole admitted under oath that she had domesticated cats die in her care because she wasn't able to care for them.
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF CAROLE BASKIN
Carole Baskin has quite the sordid background that the public knows very little about. Maybe that's part of the reason for the creation of her website 911 animal abuse, to draw attention away from her own past filled with many atrocities.
Her collection and breeding operation started in 1992, months before Carole bought her first pet bobcat at an auction. She then began buying cats from fur farms, auctions, and private breeders to sell or breed them and make pets of their cubs. In 1995, she incorporated as Wildlife on Easy Street for the purpose of breeding and socializing exotic cats. She became known for selling sick kittens while raking up many violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
One of Carole's money making schemes was to open a bed and breakfast where people could pay to sleep in a cabin with cubs that Carole bred and had declawed. After many bites and injuries, Carole was forced to abandon the idea and it was then that she decided to simply convert her private collection of cats to 'rescues'. Now the bobcat kittens she bought, sold, and bred were 'rescued' from the fur farms and she 'paid their ransom' to 'rescue' cats at auctions where they were being 'clubbed to death in the parking lot' by taxidermists. She invented these and other heart-wrenching stories of abuse to collect millions in donations from unsuspecting animals lovers.
To this day, Carole has continued to lie and deceive the public concerning the origins of her cats and the extent of her past buying, breeding, and selling. She continues to call anyone who does what she previously did or who speak out against her, "animal abusers", whether or not they even own animals, and publicly shaming them on her 911 Animal Abuse website.
To summarize, no one with the total lack of character and business ethics exhibited by the self-righteous Carole Baskin should ever speak ill of others. She should be forced to remove her 911 animal abuse site smearing the name of her competition and critics, step down from Big Cat Rescue for good, and refund all the donations she has taken under false pretenses.
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