On August 4th, Cooper, a barely 4-month old bobcat set to be rehabilitated and released into the wild, was filmed on a Facebook livestream being repeatedly harassed with a stick wielded by Jamie Veronica, President of Big Cat Rescue.
Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder of Big Cat Rescue, was overlooking the situation unlike the previous incident involving a female tiger named Priya who was also poked with a stick.
Responding to our inquiries regarding the treatment of Priya, Big Cat Rescue had said:
If using a stick to poke a cat is only used in “rare occasions” what warranted Cooper to receive the treatment he did? He was only being moved from their clinic area to an outdoor cage which is something Big Cat Rescue regularly does for their other feline residents.
In our earlier report about the treatment of Priya, we discovered that Big Cat Rescue considers poking a cat to be abuse. In a Facebook comment directed at one of their fans, Big Cat Rescue said:
With that in mind, we can't help but to ask, why is Big Cat Rescue allowing their own staff members to maneuver cats using sticks when they consider the action of poking a cat to be abuse?
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