message from TX-RPOA~HSUS/ASPCA TRAINING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THEIR AGENDA – BIG Cat Rescue Joined Team HSUS in 2011~Thrilled with the Bragging Rights

•October 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

from TX-RPOA:

October 30, 2014

Thanks to Martin Kralik, our RPOA Dallas Chapter Chairman, for the
information below.

From HSUS themselves:
“The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the only organization  with the nation’s leading experts on dogfighting, cockfighting, puppy mills  and illegal animal cruelty. They provide law enforcement with a team of  investigators; a fully equipped rescue response team; comprehensive shelter  services for rescued animals; puppy mill and animal fighting tip lines; a  $5,000 reward for the arrest of animal fighters and illegal puppy mill operators; a mobile forensic animal crimes lab; free law enforcement training on cruelty and fighting investigations; and the nation’s most extensive database of puppy mill operations and animal fighting suspects.

Law Enforcement Training Humane Law Enforcement Awards  Contact
Ashley Mauceri, Manager of Animal Cruelty Response
. HSUS/ASPCA is tied to Agenda 21 – see – another problem!
. See ASPCA Pays Nearly $10 Million to Feld Entertainment in Racketeering
Lawsuit Settlement –
. See HSUS and Co-Defendants Pay $15.75 Million in Racketeering Lawsuit -
. HSUS/ASPCA is currently under investigation by IRS for violating ‘tax
free’ organization requirements
. HSUS in Texas is – Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN)

We have a huge problem with an organization whose agenda is to   legislate/regulate AGAINST ownership of animals for any reason, providing ANY training to our law enforcement officials to undoubtedly forward their agenda!

Any animal training in Texas should come from the Texas Dept. of  Agriculture!

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Bigger issue is they the Animal Rights Extremist/Terrorists have likely already infiltrated themselves into the Texas Department of Agriculture!!!


Now here’s the kicker for all you Big Cat Rescue Fans  (I know you’re waiting for it and think I just made myself puke in my mouth a little)-This was posted in May 2011 by Big Cat Rescue on the website…Rockstars??? Holy Crap-Really???

On May 8, Wayne Pacelle and his fiancee, TV journalist Lisa Fletcher stopped by Big Cat Rescue as they were on the book signing circuit for his new book called, The Bond.  At the age of 23 Wayne Pacelle was appointed as the Executive Director of The Fund for Animals and joined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 1994.  Mike Markarian, previously of The Fund for Animals and now the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, had visited a while back and upon his recommendation several of the CEO’s of HSUS’s five sanctuaries have visited.  Mike had urged Wayne to visit at his next opportunity because he felt that our goals of seeing no more big cats in cages were aligned with their philosophy.

Throughout the tour Wayne kept exclaiming what wonderful work we were doing here.  I was especially impressed with how he took the time to greet each of the staff and volunteers along the path and to thank them for their dedication.  I have visited HSUS’s D.C. and Gaithersburg offices and have visited their sanctuaries in CA and TX and have been pleased to see the level of commitment in their staff and the way they are all working together to “Celebrate Animals and Confront Cruelty.”  With 11 million supporters and an annual budget of 130 million, these people know how to do things right and there is much we can learn from them.

Wayne Pacelle has played a role in the passage of more than 15 federal statutes to protect animals, including laws to ban the sale of videos depicting animal cruelty (1999), protect great apes in their native habitats (2000), halt interstate transport of fighting animals (2002), halt commerce in big cats for the pet trade (2003), and require government agencies to include pets in disaster planning (2006). Through his leadership HSUS has been involved in 26 successful statewide ballot measure initiatives to protect animals, including measures to prohibit cockfighting, prohibit mourning dove hunting, restrict steel traps and certain poisons, and ban inhumane factory farming methods.He has also been instrumental in the passage of numerous state laws dealing with animal protection.

Humane USA PAC Taking Action for AnimalsPacelle is a cofounder of the Humane Society Legislative Fund  (HSLF), a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office. He also cofounded Humane USA, A strictly nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) that supports candidates of any political party based on their support for animal protection. I serve on the board of Humane USA with Mike and Wayne and am always looking for those who get the big picture and understand that the only way to end the abuse of big cats is through legislation.  These two organizations have helped to defeat hostile anti-animal lawmakers in Congress, including Rep. Chris John of Louisiana (2004), Rep. Richard Pombo of California (2006), and Senator Conrad Burns of Montana (2006).

Decent people don’t enable animal abuse, so even though our focus is on humane legislation, everyone benefits if our government is run by decent people...but I digress.

Wayne Pacelle at Big Cat RescueIt was wonderful to be able to introduce our beautiful sanctuary and even more beautiful people to these two men that I hold in such high esteem.  Wayne’s visit followed another such opportunity that we had to share our refuge, training materials and our awesome support crew on May 2nd and 3rd.

After Patty Finch, the director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, had done a site visit for our accreditation, she came away with a different point of view. Says, Patty, “I came to Big Cat Rescue expecting to hate it.  I just didn’t believe that it was right for a sanctuary to allow the public in, but once I saw how peaceful it was and fully understood the educational value that comes from people meeting these animals, I wanted to share the experience with other sanctuary leaders.”

After delivering a couple of free webinars for GFAS, Patty asked if we would host their first in person 2 day Workshop.  Howard Baskin presented on our fundraising streams and the history of Big Cat Rescue, Jeff Kremer presented on donor recognition while giving the group of 20+ attendees a tour, Chris Poole spoke on social marketing and networking, Patty Ragan shared the value of hiring a coach, Kari Bagnall illustrated how to get the most out of a tabling event, Patty Finch taught grant writing, teaching your board how to be helpful and how to avoid “founder’s syndrome” and I shared how we use google Apps, how we manage over 100 top notch volunteers, why it is important to have a plan and stick to it.

I really enjoyed meeting the key people from so many of the world’s best sanctuaries and believe that this workshop was just the beginning of all the great work we can do to help all kinds of animals.  Already the group has set up a collaborative group online where we can share ideas.  Here is what a few others had to say about the experience.

Accredited Sanctuary Executives“I received so much useful information and help at GFAS. I am currently working with the information to begin a volunteer program at Mindy’s, which we are sorely in need of. I feel that I now have the support and guidance to accomplish this task.” Nancy Eno Primate Caretaker, Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary

“I am thrilled to have been invited and experience two wonderful days at Big Cat Rescue. Carole Baskin and her staff are doing such good work on behalf of big cats. I hope I can implement all the great things I learned during those two wonderful days. I know the horses at  Equine Voices will truly benefit from the knowledge shared by Patty Finch, Carole and the others”… Karen Pomroy, Founder Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

“Before visiting Big Cat, I was unsure about the idea of charging admission to the public to see animals living in a Sanctuary.  After visiting Big Cat, I understand that it is not only a great opportunity to educate the public, but also a source of funding to help sustain the quality of care at a top notch facility.  The workshop provided me with a broadened vision for the future of our own Sanctuary and the tools to get there.” Matt Smith, Executive Director The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary

All of these people, from those leading multimillion dollar animal rescue organizations to those advocating for animal friendly lawmakers to those who are leading world class sanctuaries and those who are building strong coalitions of animal sanctuaries, are celebrities in their own right.  There is even more celebrity news in the works so be sure to stay in touch with us so that you will be the first to know.


So against HSUS then you can not support Big Cat Rescue who states her agenda openly to end all usage of Big Cats and other animals. Apparently monkeys and horses were part of that plan although an illegal horse butcher lived adjacent to BCR yet paid no attention to the screaming animals being slaughtered right under their nose…

Big Cat Rescue promoting legislation yet can’t even work within the parameters of their own state and put a leopard out illegally in an open top enclosure.

Big Cat Rescue who too is a multimillion dollar BUSINESS…bet you just puked in your mouth -just a little…Look at these salaries!!! Look who is getting pai the BIG bucks because of your generous donations to Big Cat Rescue for ANIMAL CARE!!!


Big Cat Rescue is NOT considered a Florida sanctuary by FWC.

Not a FL sanctuary

Big Cat Rescue was DENIED the use of an open top cage for leopards although had been previously used as an enclosure for leopards on several occasions-Baskin only received a warning for defying the law and thumbing their nose at law enforcement. This is a rather sever violation of the Florida Law regarding the keeping of class 1 animals that put PEOPLE in harms way!!!

response letter BCR complaint 1a

response letter BCR complaint 1b

response letter BCR complaint 1c

Big Cat Rescue who has and will continue to attack house cat ownership…That’s for ALL of you who own and love your house cats-it’s only a matter of time before they branch out beyond hybrid house cats-joined with ALDF-FAILED. They were denied and told that they are mean people.

Big Cat Rescue with more animals DEAD on property than the live cats residing there…

List of Deaths1

List of Deaths2

List of Deaths3

List of Deaths4

List of Deaths5

Bloggers note-this list is incomplete-it is also missing cause of death for numerous animals-Please see how many have been euthanized-with no reason provided!!!

WHY is a multimillion dollar NFP organization keeping animals in such poor conditions?!? Located on an old landfill and allowing animals to come in harms way by allowing contact with the water from the old burrow pit for that landfill!?! -NOT cleared by the EPA for recreational use and defying public safety measures established by the EPA!!!

Bragging Rights…Excitement for potential donations…

BCR logo on every bag and bage it was great -yet she filled suit against Joe

“BCR logos were on every screen, every sign, every bag, every conference program guide, every name badge…it was grrrreat!”

Howie at the convention


Why does Carole Baskin have 6 NFP organizations and why does one of those organizations own property in Tampa?!? Wildlife on Easy Street being one of them still exists-All are located at the Easy Street address of Big Cat Rescue Corp.-hummmmmmmmmmmmm

7108 Riverwood, Tampa, FL Owner-Wildcats on Wings Corp/Carole Baskin

This is just one of several very expensive properties…Guess Pacelle didn’t give her an lession on hiding the money…

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B



Elections are Next Week but Do you KNOW where the Candidate Stands on Your Right to Animal Ownership?!?

•October 30, 2014 • 5 Comments

So I get an email this morning that I found rather alarming-Attorney Zandra Anderson* is out there promoting someone running for District Attorney who wants a permanent animal cruelty cruelty court for Harris County-Her email below my comment concerning the animal cruelty law in Texas that is illegal and unconstitutional as written and enforced!!!

Zandra Anderson is an attorney in Harris County and I suspect promoting someone running who would create a division of the district attorneys office to address dedicated to animal cruelty cases might be good for business HOWEVER, if you are accused of animal cruelty, when looking for an attorney about the last person I’m going to pick is Zandra Anderson that promotes a district attorney dedicated to creating a special division to address animal cruelty cases over my PROTECTED right to my property!!!
There is never any hard evidence in these cases-teeth, to nails, even worms does not constitute cruelty.
‘Hoarding’ and ‘breeding’ have become the issue so they can make any claim. ‘Dog poop everywhere’ or what have you but I’ve seen mud claimed as poop-No one bothers to gather any evidence I mean hey, if it’s going to be in testimony then, show me the poop, LOL!!! Sounds absurd right but it’s not…if accused of animal cruelty for your own animals, then you have committed an offense against your property -NOT POSSIBLE!!!
While an animal is a life, what is being judged when there is no intentional cruelty is the quality of that animals life. To some people all ownership of any animal is cruel-point being it’s based on opinion and not hard facts.
Unfortunately, these cases are lacking evidence like no other ‘crime’ yet this is allowed for prosecution of animal cruelty cases. Often the warrants do not have probable cause and based on opinions rather than pure law as other crimes  (if you can say that animal cruelty is a crime). 
The law states intentional cruelty, then show me intentional cruelty…it’s not just because nails are long or teeth need cleaning-not buying it!!! 
The law states there must be “conviction” before giving the animals away-there can be no conviction in a civil case so that first hearing about the animals condition can only be for placement for care until there is a “conviction”, yet almost always, they not only took the animals but they give them to some NFP organization to do with as they please.
The cruelty law has too much room for error and non specific as it is an Animal Rights law.
Remember to the Animal Rights Extremist, ownership equals cruelty, therefore there can be no responsible ownership. When animals are taken and cruelty alleged then it is assumed that it must be true.
In Texas (and possibly elsewhere) they can deny a jury on the whim of the DA-Sure has happened already with an appeal and rarely is there a jury on the first hearing before the judge that signed the warrant-so we know how he’s going to rule.
Ownership means knowing how to react and what to do if charged to protect your rights to ownership of your property-This is a protected constitutional right to ownership. There are laws for public safety such as rabies shots and ordinances concerning the keeping of animals but there is nothing written in regards to the care or your property beyond that. So, if an animal say gets parvo and the owner didn’t get the parvo shot, technically, he can be and has been charged with cruelty; even if he knew nothing about parvo.
The Texass Animal Cruelty law, as written, and as enforced, is a farce. Nothing more than a money making scheme for NFPs.
Zandra Anderson’s email I received:

Animal Cruelty & Harris County’s Race for District Attorney
No emails regarding a political race have ever been sent by this site before, but an exception was made based on Kim Ogg’s position on Animal Cruelty. Kim Ogg is running for Harris County District Attorney.

Harris County used to have a division dedicated to animal cruelty but that was abolished by Mike Anderson, former Harris County D.A. He died while in office and the position was taken over by his wife, Devon Anderson, the Interim Harris County D.A. Ms. Anderson has not reestablished a permanent animal cruelty division in the D.A.’s office.

Kim Ogg will establish a permanent Animal Welfare Prosecution Unit dedicated to investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty cases in Harris County. She also will create an Animal Crime Advisory Board to help create protocols for this division.

Check out Kim’s platform on Animal Cruelty on her website: Kim Ogg’s Platform on Animal Cruelty

“As your next DA, Kim Ogg will fight to raise public awareness that animal cruelty is a crime, and will institute a reliable, well-publicized report-and-response system to serve citizens who report animal abuse.” [**BLOGGERS NOTE BELOW]

Kim was endorsed by the Houston Chronicle and won the Houston Bar Association’s Judicial Preference Poll. She is the former Executive Director of Crime Stoppers which aided in the arrest of numerous felons. She served as Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force Director and is a former Chief Felony Prosecutor.

Early Voting: October 30 (Thursday) and October 31 (Friday) 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Election Day Voting Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

*Zandra Anderson recently participated in an illegal and unconstitutional animal seizure during a bankruptcy case as reported in a 5 part series of post on this blog.  Links -When Animal Seizures Are Laws:

**Examples of citizens who report animal cruelty-NFP organizations who will benefit from the sales of these animals, Disgruntled neighbors, spouses, and of course there is that Animal Rights Extremist/Terrorist who possibly doesn’t own an animal, who believes that to own an animal is an act of cruelty in itself…That’s the category that Wayne Pacelle is in as other advocates working for HSUS, PETA or some other Animal Rights Extremist organization. and will provide them with a means for advertising to collect donations.

One look at Kim Ogg (or is that Ugh!?!) at her stance on what’s needed in Harris County, Texas, on animal cruelty is a total waste of tax payer money when the government has no interest in animals and as a US citizens the government gives us PROTECTED Constitutional Rights that can not be ignored. This woman if she becomes District Attorney for Harris County is promoting taking away you property rights.

The animal cruelty law addresses INTENTIONAL animal cruelty and nothing more. There is no exact definition of animal cruelty in the law and therefore can not subject citizens of Harris County to malicious prosecution. Kim Ogg (UGH) would therefore be promoting such prosecution and is on her agenda. She claims it is simple yet far from it; there is nothing simple about an animal cruelty case and would only led to cases against Harris County-more waste of taxpayer money!!! 

Kim’s Animal Cruelty Plan is simple:

  1. Institute a permanent Animal Welfare Prosecution Unit whose prosecutors devote 100% of their time
    to the investigation, prosecution, and coordination of animal cruelty cases in Harris County; identify and
    assign these cases at Intake Division of DA’s Office.
  2. Aggressively charge and prosecute all individuals who intentionally and knowingly kill, torture, or hurt
  3. Seek legislative changes that raise the penalty levels for such crimes, without necessity of commission of
    same offense twice before making it a felony offense.
  4. Collect restitution for animal treatment providers from Animal Cruelty criminals.
  5. Create animal cruelty reporting system linking public and private resource providers to insure a
    consistent response by all agencies handling Animal Cruelty criminal investigations and general animal
    welfare calls.
  6. Create a ‘warning system’ to notify reported individuals whose actions constitute chronic inhumane
    treatment of animals that they will be subject to criminal prosecution if they fail to change their actions.
  7. Lead a public awareness campaign against Animal Cruelty.
  8. Create an Animal Crime Advisory Board to help draft all policies and protocol described above.
  9. When appropriate, include pets in Domestic Protective Orders.

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned and do NOT vote for Ogg (UGH) for District Attorney. -B

ZOO WARS~Big Cat Rescue Puts the Public in Danger-Response from FWC~No to Variance for Enclosure with No Top

•October 28, 2014 • 2 Comments

From FWC:

[click on each view for larger print and then come back to the post]

inspectors report1a

inspectors report

inspectors report2


response letter BCR complaint 1a response letter BCR complaint 1b

response letter BCR complaint 1c


So they moved the leopard out before inspection??? That is unclear…from the pictures it seems that they were rushing to take the leopard out of the enclosure and appears they slid past the inspectors seeing that the leopard was, in fact, in the enclosure-So the bigger question is-Why haven’t they reviewed all the Internet posts showing leopards in that enclosure-In previous responses there is supposed to be someone reviewing BCR Internet posts. Apparently they aren’t looking hard enough-even when the links are provided-go figure, and this service is brought to you from Florida taxpayers who are NOT getting their monies worth!!!

This has certainly been a real eye opener demonstrating that without proper enforcement you have nothing and that goes both ways.

The last page states that BCR has been denied no matter the excuses that she gave her followers for having done it-Had Baskin been working within the regulations and providing properly addressing both animal welfare and the public safety issue, then no one would have anything to complain about. There is no expert at Big Cat Rescue-actions speak louder than words. SO again I have to ask how legislatures can possibly consider what comes from BCR when they can not be compliant themselves with Florida State regulations for those types of animals. ALL complaints from Baskin are things that she has done herself and no one would have dared to have ever done for risk of citation, fines, suspension and possible loss of license. Apparently Baskin knows something no one else does or has protection been bought?!?


There is something to be said for a young mind and how they go “Beyond Thinking” to get to the bottom line. This is a site that you should follow for another take on the obvious but put under a magnifying glass so that the truth can be revealed and put into perspective.

Remember Howard and Carole Baskin are the BIG supporters of the Big Cat And Public Safety Act but they can’t even pay attention to safety measures in place in their own state-As I have always stated and will continue to state; whatever Howard or Carole Baskin’s complaints are against other Private Exotic Animal Owners are things they have done or are doing themselves that no one else would have dared to do or even considered doing.

My biggest issue right now is that they only received a warning when anyone else would have received a citation or possibly loss of their license…Considering that FWC have yet to concern themselves to properly address the situation with BCR when things do go wrong FWC will also have to be held accountable. Posts on BCR site indicate that they have broken the law many times over placing leopards in that cage including at least one that was receiving medical attention at the time.

I guess Howard and Carole Baskin are laughing all the way to the bank while other private Exotic Animal Owners are doing their best to hold on.

Rebuttal to Big Cat Rescue’s

Excuses for

Putting The Public in Danger

BIG CAT RESCUE: “In Case You Are Wondering What the Fuss Was About 

Last Friday (Oct 3, 2014) the Florida Wildlife Commission inspectors came out, based on a complaint filed by Vernon Yates and Kathy Stearns, of Dade City Wild Things.  The officers told us that the rules say you can’t have leopards in an open top cage unless you get a prior, written, approval by the FWC.”

REBUTTAL: Who cares who filed the complaints (they had links to their other website where they try to shame whoever speaks out against them). It doesn’t change the fact that Big Cat Rescue wasn’t following the rules put in place to keep the public and big cats safe.

BIG CAT RESCUE: “This was news to us, because in the past it was OK to have leopards in open top cages and back when we first built the sanctuary, a lot of our leopard cages were built that way and passed inspection every year.  Attached at the bottom is the actual rule, so you can see how confusing it is, but I have highlighted the sentence in yellow so you can find it at all.”

REBUTTAL: Why make excuses? All of the cages the leopards are kept in at BCR have a roof so I assume they already knew the rules about housing leopards but just ignored it when it came to the vacation rotation enclosure.

How is the rule confusing? I’ll post the rule so you can clearly see how easy it is to understand.

“c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) for cougars shall have vertical jump walls at least 10 feet high, with a 4-foot, 45 degree, inward angle overhang. Leopards and jaguars shall not be kept in uncovered enclosures except in facilities with wet or dry moats, which have been previously approved in writing by the Commission.

So very confusing haha. Do they really expect people to believe that? Here is where you can find the rule that has been in effect since 1998 and probably even later.

BIG CAT RESCUE: “The one sentence about leopards and open top cages was buried in a section about cougars.  The FWC inspectors said they thought the cage was safe for leopards, but that they couldn’t make the decision, so they told me to contact Tallahassee for the request.  I did so within the hour.”

REBUTTAL: Excuses, Excuses. Here is the section which they claim is buried about cougars.

“2. Jaguars, leopards, and cougars

a. For one or two animals, a cage 20 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a claw log, unless the animal(s) front claws have been removed.

c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) for cougars shall have vertical jump walls at least 10 feet high, with a 4-foot, 45 degree, inward angle overhang. Leopards and jaguars shall not be kept in uncovered enclosures except in facilities with wet or dry moats, which have been previously approved in writing by the Commission.”

Notice how the part about cougars took up only a small sentence. 

BIG CAT RESCUE: “Since we were obviously not aware of the rule and there was no imminent danger, they issued a warning, instead of a citation.  The warning gave us 5 days to remedy the situation.  All that meant was that leopards can’t go on vacation, until we hear differently from the FWC.”

REBUTTAL: Since they weren’t aware of the rule it makes me wonder what other rules they aren’t aware of. Remember, they have around 30,000 people touring their facility annually. Also they are located in a heavily populated city. 

No, it does not just mean leopards can’t go on vacation. It really means that Big Cat Rescue didn’t follow the rules about properly keeping big cats in cages to keep them and the public safe. It also means the public was in danger of having a leopard possibly escaping from its enclosure. The leopard that caused Big Cat Rescue to get a warning was Jumanji. A woman needed 451 stitches to close her wounds inflicted upon her after being severely mauled by Jumanji

BIG CAT RESCUE: “Yates and Stearns, apparently gleeful to have at least secured a copy of the warning letter, immediately sent out the following press release to all of the local news outlets, and included three photos that I took of the day the leopard went on vacation and lied, saying they had an undercover spy inside BCR who gave them the photos:”

REBUTTAL: “What proof does BCR have to prove that Mr. Yates and Ms. Stearns are lying? It’s entirely possible to have a volunteer working at BCR inform Mr. Yates and Ms. Stearns of a public safety hazard  by sending them photos from their website. We use information posted on Big Cat Rescue’s website to inform the public about their lies”



Big Cat Rescue local Sanctuary was issued a warning by Fla Fish & Wildlife Commission for unsafe caging.  Per Carol Baskin’s own claims “Dangerous Leopard” that could of escaped and BCR put the public at risk.

On Friday October 3, 2014 the Florida Wildlife Commission issued a citation to Carol Baskins and her roadside zoo Big Cat Rescue for illegal housing of a leopard, (citation # W716942). The citation was issued after receiving a complaint from Vernon Yates, complaint #13437. Mr. Yates, who runs a shelter for exotic cats in Seminole Florida, was sent pictures by an informant who works at Big Cat Rescue. The pictures showed Ms. Baskin releasing the leopard into a non-covered enclosure, and he forwarded them to the Florida Wildlife Commission for investigation. Florida law prohibits the keeping of cats like leopards and jaguars in non-covered enclosures and it does so for good reason; leopards are excellent climbers and thus present a real and immediate risk of escape if housed in an enclosure that is not completely covered. Without a top to the cage the leopard can simply climb out.

It is shocking that Carole Baskin and Big Cat Rescue would endanger the lives of their neighbors as well as their own employees and volunteers in this way. It is shocking that they would endanger the life of the leopard itself in this way since there is a very real risk that the leopard would be hurt or killed if it had escaped. It is ironic that Big Cat Rescue frequently criticizes other zoos claiming that Big Cat Rescue is better able to handle exotic cats.

On Christmas Day in 2007 a tiger escaped from an enclosure in San Francisco zoo and killed a zoo visitor. Carole Baskin previously had a cougar escape from her facility in 1996 when her zoo was called Wildlife on Easy Street.

Vernon Yates requests anyone knowing of any animal facility, SPCA or Humane Society or Big Cat Rescue to contact him so that he may take action to protect the welfare of the animal and the public.

Vernon Yates, President & Founder
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation


Kathy Stearns

Dade City   s Wild Things

37245 Meridian Avenue

Dade City  FL  33525


813-714-2555 mobile

BIG CAT RESCUE: “Reporters from TBO the Tribune and WFLA (Ch 8) all called me.This is what I sent them:

Would you send me a copy of the news release, please?

I’d like to sue Vernon Yates and Kathy Stearns, of Dade City Wild Things, because of all of the false complaints that I believe they have been filing.  A copy of their news alert would be helpful.

Feel free to call me on my cell

They lied if they told you it was a citation.  The number referenced is their complaint they filed.  The Florida Wildlife Commission inspectors said they saw no way a leopard could escape our vacation rotation enclosure but that I would have to apply to their boss in Tallahassee, which I have done, for an exception.  They issued a warning, not a citation, because they believed it was clear that no harm was intended and no harm would have come of the situation.”

REBUTTAL: Wow! They threatened to sue Mr. Yates and Ms. Stearns for filing a sound complaint. Notice the word “believe”? Again, they offer no proof to prove that Mr. Yates and Ms. Stearns are lying or in this case filing false complaints. Tell me, would a truly innocent sanctuary threaten to sue people for filing complaints? Of course not because they would focus entirely on their cats and would pay no mind to complaints if they are truly false like they claim.

They claim the inspectors saw no way a leopard could escape from the enclosure. Do you think a leopard could escape from this enclosure? 

I would say yes since leopards are really great powerful climbers. Just take a look at this short video. There are many more videos and photos showing just how good they are at climbing.
So do you think a simple fence almost anybody could climb poses much of a challenge to a leopard?

BIG CAT RESCUE: “Here is what I sent Captain Kara Hooker.Dear Captain Hooker,
I’d like to obtain a variance for our 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation area for our leopards.All of the cage material is 6 gauge, double galvanized, wire panels with 4 ” square openings.  (The wall, cantilever and wire drape)The panels are hog ringed with 9 gauge hog rings.The cage wall is nearly 20 feet high, consisting of an approximately 15 foot high side wall (14 feet and 4 inch at the least) with a 5 foot cantilever extending inward.What is unique about this construction and makes it safe for even the most athletic cat is a curtain of wire, a foot high, that drapes from the highest peak down toward the floor.  This is braced at regular intervals to keep it in place.

If a cat were to climb, upside down, for the five feet of the cantilever, this draping of a wire panel keeps them from being able to get a paw out past the wire and over to the top of the cantilever.

The walls are staked at the bottom to follow the terrain so that there are no gaps.  There is an apron along the eastern wall, because that is the side that faces other cats and where the most pacing and posturing goes on, although there has never been a serious attempt at digging by any of the cats.

There are 3 roofed sections that are attached to the outside of the enclosure where the cats are fed each day and we do feed every day; unlike any other place I know.  If the winds get up to 30 MPH the cats are locked in the roofed sections until the winds die down.

The platforms and trees are positioned 16 feet from any point on the cage wall, cantilever or curtain.

The poles are 18 foot long, 3 inch steel pipes, sunk in concrete, at 10 foot intervals.

Maintenance to the trees, grass and foliage is done every two weeks, in between cats’ turns to be on vacation.

Attached is a video we made about the construction and photos of the cage.

Most captive leopards only live to be 10-12 but all of our leopards are over the age of 16; 16, 17, 18, 20 and 22.  All but two of these leopards have been declawed by former owners as well. (none of the clawed leopards have been in the enclosure)

Would you grant us a variance on this cage design for our leopards so that they can have the benefit of 2 week vacations where they can run, swim and have an unobscured view of the sky?”

REBUTTAL: The cage wall is nearly 20 feet? Again it’s a leopard. Here are some more photos showing their climbing ability, strength, and fearlessness.

Wait a second.

“There is an apron along the eastern wall, because that is the side that faces other cats and where the most pacing and posturing goes on, although there has never been a serious attempt at digging by any of the cats.”
If the cats are supposed to be relaxed in their ‘vacation’ rotation why are they pacing? There may not have been a serious attempt at digging but there was an attempt at climbing out of the enclosure by one of their tigers named Amanda.“Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue, which she founded in Tampa, Fla., 22 years ago, used Love Animals to raise money for a fence extension that would foil a female tiger’s escape attempts and allow her to join her siblings in the sanctuary’s new outdoor enclosure. (…)Big Cat Rescue built a 2.5-acre open-air enclosure last year with money raised the old-fashioned way. It is surrounded by a 15-foot fence topped with a 5-foot overhang so the 150-pound cats can safely roam, run and play in an area with a swimming hole and unobstructed views of the sky.But Amanda, who previously had tried to escape, wasn’t allowed in the area until Baskin’s father invented a short, drape-like addition for the overhang to keep her in the enclosure.The rescue’s $20,000 campaign for the addition last November garnered donations ranging from $2 to $1,000, allowing Amanda to stretch her legs, watch over her brothers and get in good roar.”

BIG CAT RESCUE: What happens next?There is no fine or strike on our record for the warning letter.  We have applied for an exemption to the rule and now it is up to the FWC to approve this fun space for our leopards, or deny it. Meanwhile, no leopards can go on vacation.

We believe Vernon Yates and Kathy Stearns also filed another false complaint with OSHA.  I haven’t gotten a copy yet, but will have to address their nonsense formally.  The complaint, as read to me over the phone is about the leopards on vacation endangering staff, something about a cougar being lifted off a platform that was more than 4 feet off the ground, which requires safety harnesses if the employees are up on the platform, and exposing employees to zoonotic diseases by not quarantining animals.  All of these claims, as well as the last round of false complaints are ridiculous, but it is the only way they can divert us from the work of passing the Big Cats & Public Safety Act, which would stop them from breeding, buying and selling big cats for their own personal gain.

See the actual caging rules and note how tiny the minimum standards are.  Yates and Stearns have both been previously cited for failing to even meet these miserably minimal standards.

REBUTTAL: I wonder how their donors would feel if they were denied the exemption. I’m pretty sure people donated money so leopards could also enter the enclosure. 

The complaint that caused them to get a warning about the leopard being in an enclosure unsuitable for it was part of the last round of complaints so it should make one think what other warnings and possible violations will surface in the near future. One complaint that should not go unnoticed is the one involving the public, volunteers, staff members, and the cats that call BCR home walking and living on the grounds that used to be a dump site with burrowing pit full of mountains of trash.

12802 Easy Street was a 40-acre dump site, with a small house with a caved in roof and a borrow pit out back. (…) Today the former borrow pit is a beautiful lake in which  Tigers and Swans can swim. The former mountains of trash and construction debris have been converted to a park like setting (..)” 

Isn’t it ironic that they are so adamant about trying to get the Big Cats & Public Safety Act passed when they didn’t even know the law that requires leopards to be in an enclosure with a top?

They act as if their enclosures are the best of the best. The truth can be found by touring their facility for FREE. You will see rusty wire enclosures with over grown weeds, vines, and trees.

I’m not sure if Mr. Yates and Ms. Stearns have been cited but I wonder if they have ever been threatened with a suit by the USDA like BCR has. Luckily for BCR they had a bunch of their cult-like followers speak up for them like they still do now.


Well, apparently FWC didn’t agree with Howard and Carole Baskin-As you see above, they have been denied. I repeat, Carole Baskin is NOT a big cat expert and has made several rather poor decisions for the animals in her care.

For people so firmly committed in the Big Cats and Public Safety Act you’d think they could at least follow the laws as written and not outright lie to her followers and sponsors over the situation.  Hell, I wonder if their sponsors even know just how many times they have been caught in their lies…hummmmmmmmmm

Careful for what you wish for -It just might come back to bite you in the ass

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ZOO WARS~Suit FIled AGAINST the USDA and ACCEPTED by the Court

•October 26, 2014 • 6 Comments

It’s about time a judge allowed a person’s right to file suit against the USDA for target enforcement and this is one for the books alright. The inspection report does not give all the information and based on un-true facts listed on an inspection report.

An inspection report from an APHIS inspector documents that a visit to a facility took place. There is no appointment set and the licensee is supposed to have someone available at all times to conduct an inspection during normal business hours.

All things are expected to be in compliance with the regulations or in the process of being repaired, cleaned up or providing. The inspection is not suppose to interfere with normal activities as the inspector is there to observe and write a report that ‘tells the story’ of the actual facts concerning regulations. Example: if the refrigerator is broken and the food inside is going bad or is bad that should be noted and date it is to be corrected within a reasonable, usually agreed upon date. It might include when it broke and even that a new refrigerator is on order. It could even state that the food has gone bad but should also state that it is in the process of being bagged and tossed. It could also state that a cooler is being used and food is on ice. It might state that food is being brought in daily until the refrigerator is replaced. Point is, it should tell the whole story and not just part of it.

When the entire story is missing, it appears that the regulations are not being met, that no attention is being paid towards making a correction and the facility is in violation. Truth be known, these inspections can disrupt the entire day and can go into several days depending on the demands of the inspector including a review of all inventory of animals  and medical records. An inspector can make recommendations and can be quite helpful with ideas; simply put, it depends on the inspector and what might be motivating the inspector.

This is not the case with this APHIS inspector for Serenity Springs who writes partial facts so it appears to be out of compliance  to anyone who might read it. There should have been dates for return visits with  a reasonable amount of time allowed and agreed to for corrections; it’s just that simple. There should not be any mis-understanding for return visits and if a facility has a problem with the inspection report they are to file their own report on the areas needing correction to be, or why it is not an area to be corrected or even if there is a disagreement on the date to become compliant. A facility can also ask for an extension for correction.

This is not what happened at Serenity Springs-they believe their inspector is being unreasonable and is targeting them  There’s nothing wrong with the animals or this facility, as a matter of fact, pictures demonstrate otherwise. Those animals are in exceptional condition as noted by the visitors to this facility as well as by the medical records and pictures taken the day of the inspection. (pictures below)

This inspector has gone beyond what is reasonable and into a grey area of target enforcement. This can occur when there are an over abundance of complaints from other facilities or from Animal Rights Extremist/Terrorists because of the activity and success at the facility. Serenity Springs allows cub pictures and while this should NOT be at issue, it is for the Extremist as they have been led to believe that this is somehow harming the cubs when it’s actually doing more good for the animals than not.

Bonding and teaching an animal that will remain in captivity not to fear humans and to be accustom to life as it will know it is the biggest asset of cub pictures. It also allows for easier veterinarian inspections and provides an ability to give medications and supplements as a trusting animal is easier to deal with for such needs thru the animals lifespan. It’s already a proven fact that hands on ‘show animals’ (and pets for that matter) experience a better life and a longer life; certainly better and longer than it would in the wild and certainly healthier happier than animals where there is no hands on. Serenity Springs has such conditions for their animals that they hand raise and bonded with. Animals are appropriately placed or will live out their lives at the facility.

So why the problem?!? And why is the USDA allowing the same APHIS inspector to return for future visits?!?

None of this type of inspection and poorly written inspection report makes any or much sense yet YOU the tax payer is paying the price for these inspections and court cases against a facility.

No facility has been able to show cause and reason to file suit against the USDA until now. And althou tax payers will be paying for this USDA/APHIS ‘mess’, it’s about time that this situation against facilities be corrected!

Local Animal Rescue Fighting USDA Inspection

Serenity Springs

[Video at the above link]

A local animal rescue is fighting back after they received a poor inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Serenity Springs is a non-profit facility in Eastern El Paso County that takes in exotic wildlife that are no longer wanted.

From conditions of the animals to facility sanitation, several red flags were identified by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

A USDA spokesperson told 11 News the findings prompted them to file a formal complaint against the rescue.

“It’s really an attack is what it is and it’s horrible,” said Julie Walker, the Director of Operations for Serenity Springs, “We get nothing but good reviews from people about how clean it is, how well taken care of the animals are.”

The USDA inspection report tells a different story. It claims a tiger cub was forced to take pictures with visitors for hours, with no noticeable breaks.

The report goes on to say:
“Handling of animals, particularly young animals, shall be done in a manner that does not cause trauma, overheating, excessive cooling, behavioral stress, physical harm, or unnecessary discomfort.”

“I was with inspectors for 4 1/2 hours. We were inside the park, we were not by the cub. So the fact that they wrote on there that they watched him and he never got breaks is a complete lie,” said Walker.

Another part of the report claims to have found moldy food and exposed raw chicken in the kitchen used for the animals. Walker told 11 News a fridge had broken and was replaced in a few days.

“Did you have any intention of feeding that food to the animals?” asked 11 News reporter Danielle Kreutter.

“Absolutely not, and it was completely thrown into our dumpster and I think we got it done Monday, after they fixed it,” said Walker.

While Walker has issues with the findings in the inspection, she feels that Serenity Springs is being unfairly targeted.

In 2013, Serenity Springs filed a lawsuit against their USDA investigator, Tracy Thompson, for what Walker is calling an unlawful search of their park.

That law suit has not been closed yet, but Thompson is still in charge of the park’s inspections, including the most recent inspection report.

“You’re suing somebody for already being an overzealous and falsifying reports, and now they’re still your inspector. That’s kind of a conflict I think,” said Walker.

Walker tells 11 News that they’ve mailed in an appeal to the inspection report and for now says their mission is as it was before, to take good care of all their big cats.


What does the Cavalry Group have to say about the USDA?!?

The Cavalry Group Calls Out USDA For Misconduct

In July of this year, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)  conducted an “educational symposium” for USDA licensees who own lions, tigers, and bears.  The Cavalry Group members who were in attendance of this symposium witnessed proof that the animal liberation movement’s strategy is to infiltrate and influence government bureaucracies like the United States Department of Agriculture.  

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Pictures from Serenity Springs:

Black Leopard

“This is a cage the inspector thinks shouldn’t have tall grass! We don’t mow their enclosures, we leave them as natural as possible, they like the ground cover as it keeps them cool in the summer!”


I’ve seen pictures at other facilities where this was not at question so why is it questioned at Serenity Springs??? As a matter of fact That is considered enrichment and a natural setting with grass that nice!!! Notice there’s not grass growing long outside the cage where it is supposed to be kept trim.

cub photo

“Serenity Springs has filed a law suit against the USDA and this inspector and asked for her to be removed because of false or misleading reports as well as unlawfully cutting the locked entry to the property to gain access so don’t you think it’s a conflict that the same inspector that Serenity Springs is suing is still their inspector? She is on a mission and retaliating trying to shut us down! Here is a picture of the said “stressed cub” from that day taken by a professional photographer, it’s an outright lie and that is why the USDA and the Inspector is being sued.”

Does that say cut the locked entry to gain access to the property?!? Holy Moly that is 100% against the regulations. If there is no one there to conduct an inspection then that’s all the inspector is to note and go on her way-NOT break in for crying out loud-sounds like an Animal Rights Extremist/Terrorist to me!!!

Wishing best of luck to Serenity Springs on that suit and that the harassment stops!!!

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UPDATE~The Duhon’s Return to Court Once Again~Required That They Return Again for Doing NOTHING WRONG!!!

•October 20, 2014 • 16 Comments

Shane and Anne Marie Duhon went again on October 8th, 2014 in front of The honorable Bill Welsh. This is more of the same that has been going on since July 8. Four months of wasted taxpayer money for 5 minutes in front of the judge.

This time the DA Jeff Smith decided he was going to change the wording in the application to revoke their deferred sentence. He added three words AND OTHER ANIMALS to the application to revoke. (This application is what the Duhons have been going back and forth to court for this is the probation violation) Because of the addition of those three words the whole thing has been started over. This visit to Judge Welshes court room was NOT for a hearing like everyone thought, planned for and expected but for a simple arraignment and reading of the charges. Basically back to square one! And in a matter of minutes the case was again continued to Nov.

Ah but this time things were a little different! The Duhon’s attorney was present and all the animal rights activists were not except for two, Caryn Hass Bearden and her middle aged daughter Candys McCulley who lives with Caryn.
Wonder if they knew that nothing was going to happen or had other things to spend their time and gas on?

The biggest point was brought up in their case, Finally. The point that really needs to be stressed. Ms. Duhon’s religion, she is Amish/Mennonite. Yes, the people that ride in buggies pulled by HORSES, live on FARMS, and RAISE ANIMALS to support themselves and their families! Their case is and has never really been about abuse or neglect of animals (there was never any abuse or neglect of animals either in the beginning or now) but about abuse of power and discrimination against someone who chooses a different lifestyle and firmly sticks to their beliefs no matter what the cost.

Anne Marie wrote me this to explain herself and her beliefs to me. She is reading Atlas Shrugged. You will notice the quotes she has used from the book are familiar as I have often used in previous posts -highlighted -I’m including what she wrote in this post as she has expressed this so well and I hope will encourage you to pick up this book and read it.

Hello Barbara,

So what am I doing today? Reading still. Atlas Shrugged is a HUGE book. I ll be reading it for a while. There was an interesting passage I just read. Rearden and Dr. Ferris are talking.
Dr. Ferris says. ” We’ve waited a long time to get something on you. You honest men are such a problem and such a headache. But we knew you’d slip sooner or later-and this is just what we wanted.”
“You seem to be pleased about it.” says Rearden
Dinit I have a good reason to be?’
“But, after all, I did break one of your laws.”
Well, what do you think they’re for?’
:did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” asked Dr. Ferris. WE WANT them broken. You’d better get straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s one way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted-and you create a nation of law-breakers-and then you cash in on guilt. Now that the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game and once you understand it  you will be much easier to deal with.”

This book was written in the 50’s. Was the author able to see into the future? This one passage so describes exactly what the world is today that it is scary to say the least.  We, Shane and I, and the many others that we know are in the same boat as us, are prime examples of this one passage. We really didn’t do anything wrong we did no abuse to anything we all did our best within our capabilities and our beliefs to do the right thing but the world has no room any longer for doing the right thing.  The basic commandment in any religion is “Do no harm” yet now it seems the basic commandment is harm anyone as long as it advances YOUR goal, your power. That is not something that I can grasp or do. Now like a child my heart cries “its not fair!” but nobody in power cares what is fair for me or my family as long as THEY advance in THEIR world.  When was it ever right for a stupid law that makes animals more important than human lives? That the protection of animals lives trumps the protection of human lives and the destruction of families? No matter what the laws say that will NEVER be right morally or ethically. It is never right to harm animals but to make up harm so that one can say I am better than you and disregard the damage and destruction that statement creates to human lives on a trumped up LIE? NEVER! What level of depravity has this world sunk to to put animals above us humans? WE run the world not animals. Those that profess to care (snort) so deeply about animals only do so when it suits them. You do not see them allowing roaches to co-habitat with them or other vermin. but aren’t they too animals?  Their love and concern only goes so far as to advance their cause.  When there is no gain for them they drop the pose of loving animals and show their true colors of really loving only themselves.

I am so glad I chose to read this book now. If I had read it as a child I would have NEVER grasped it. NOW it means so much to me.
This describes my life: “” You, who know from your work that one bears punishment only for being wrong- what have you been willing to bear and for reason? All your life, you have heard yourself denounced, not for your faults, but for your greatest virtues. You have been hated, not for your mistakes, but for your achievements, You have been scorned for all these qualities of character which are your highest pride. You have been called selfish for the courage of acting on your own judgement and bearing sole responsibility for your independent mind….. You who’ve kept them all alive, have been called an exploiter. Have you stopped to ask them: by what right? by what code? by what standard? “”

Man oh man does that EVER fit my life.  Short and sweet this evil world HATES good and seeks to destroy it by fair means or foul. I so now understand why Caryn is doing what she is doing to us. I doubt SHE really understands why but now I do.  I did something she could not by my own steam and the grace of GOD.  I made her look bad ,unintentionally I admit, but I did. And she could not let it stand. Not that she or anyone had that right but she THOUGHT she did by virtue of being here first.

“Do you care to purchase- at the price of your great endurance, at the price of your agony- the satisfaction of the needs of your own destroyers?”” NO! A thousand times NO! But that is EXACTLY what we are doing aren’t we. Our pain, suffering and destruction to please those that do it to us. Ah but they can only hurt us if we attach significance to their opinion. That is where they fail. We do not care about their opinion about us, I do not see that I am or was ever wrong so they can not make me feel guilty. I do not respect their judgement so it means nothing to me.  An issue of guilt has to rest on my acceptance of their code of justice that pronounces me guilty. I  do not accept it and never will. I feel no guilt shame, or regret. I have lost respect for them long ago so their judgement does not hurt me unless I let it. And that pisses them off beyond belief! Try as they will they will not destroy me or us. They use my own goodness and sense of right and wrong against me.  Like the book says: “To count upon his virtue and use it as an instrument of torture, to practice blackmail with the victim’s generosity as sole means of extortion, to accept the gift of a man’s good will and turn it into a tool for the givers destruction….. the formula of so monstrous an evil that he was able to name it but not to believe it possible. “

THAT is what the world has become. an unbelievable evil.  Total evil. That is how I so feel. How do I defend myself when I feel as though I have done no wrong? And by going along with it justifies their actions and gives them permission to ill use us as they are.

I so wonder how THAT would sit with the attorney if I broached it to him. Would he even understand? Here is what I understand to be true. On day 6 God created us humans. Where did he place us? In a garden with animals and commanded us to care for it. God made us farmers first and in the act of caring for HIS creation and using it we pay homage to HIM and His creation. Why did I do something that was wrong in the eyes of the court? I did it because I do not see it as wrong. I have no problem obeying just and fair laws. This order was both unjust and unfair. It denied me both the right and the ability to care for myself and while still free made me a prisoner of what the public and world decided to allow me to have not what I could create and do for myself.  No man or court  has the right to order me to chose between a mans law or order and Gods. Why it would be more wrong to make us beggars just because a man ordered it and leave us destitute  than disregard a mans order to do what God made me capable of doing and profit from it. To beg just because a man says so is wrong when we are perfectly capable of caring for our own needs if we disregard that order and follow Gods rules. I was just following my orders is not a justification for becoming a taker when we all know that I am perfectly capable of supporting me and mine. Guilt is the only way that they can beat us. If I feel guilty then I do not fight because I believe I deserve the punishment. But if I do not feel guilty then I will never stop fighting and they can not beat me but I beat them. I have to stand for my standards and my beliefs or I will fall for anything. My conscience is clean. I m not guilty of any crime and nor will I let them TELL me that I am . I can face my Lord calmly knowing I have done what is right in HIS eyes and that is what matters. I have not sinned against anyone it is they who have sinned against me by attempting to forbid me to follow Gods commandments and laws.

We took the plea that we did under duress and because we had no recourse but to do so. What sane person would risk liberty and life on the mercy of those that are anxious to destroy us? WE never had a chance to defend ourselves or speak to our defense.


She is right you know.

Now for the real question is will the world ever understand this? Probably not. And in the meanwhile innocent people like the Duhons will fight for the very right to just exist and live their lives according to their beliefs without having to worry about some nameless, faceless ‘THEY’ coming in and destroying all that they have worked, sweated and labored for  in the blink of an eye on the basis of a lie.

Many others will just give up and “follow the rules” because the fight is too painful and too hard. This injustice needs to be drug kicking and screaming into the light. How can it be called Justice when REAL criminals are getting away with everything including murder and the innocent are getting railroaded into prisons for not being able to pay a bill and choosing to follow a greater law, laws above mans laws, to care for and feed their families?

How can this prosecutor take it back to square one anyway?!? Wouldn’t that be double jeopardy?!?  ROTFLOL!!! Oh my, let the feathers be ruffled and the fur fly!!!

To be continued in November

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ZOO WARS~MATTER OF EXTREME IMPORTANCE!!!~Petition~ Ask FWC NOT to Approve an Unsafe Enclosure

•October 19, 2014 • 1 Comment

More than disgusted that Carole and Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue/BCR/Wildlife on Easy Street/WOES, only received a warning and not even a citation after putting a leopard in an unapproved enclosure without a top. Florida has NEVER approved for a leopard or a jaguar to be in a cage without a top on the enclosure althou Baskin insinuates that the Florida regulations have recently changed when they have NOT!!! It’s always been the rule when the regulations were first written and enforced So what does that say for following the regulations in Florida?!? Apparently, it means that some people will only get a warning while others will receive a citation or worse yet, their animals confiscated. FWC can’t have it both ways.

Carole and Howard Baskin have run around this country promoting the Big Cat Safety Act, creating laws, regulations and bans-Yet, can’t obey the regulations in their own state and then only get a warning after putting HUMAN lives in danger…Please sign the petition and share wildly!!!

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Ask FWC Not to Approve the requested Exemption that would allow Big Cat Rescue Tampa to continue Endangering the lives of human beings.

According to Ch 10 News, The Florida Wildlife Commission confirms they have issued a unsafe Leopard Enclosure warning to Big Cat Rescue Tampa.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Executive Director, Nick Wiley
Inspector General, Mike Troelstrup
Mike Deeson, WTSP News
Major Ron Cave

We the Petitioners ask FWC Not to Approve – the requested Exemption that would allow Big Cat Rescue Tampa to continue Endangering the lives of human beings.According to Ch 10 News, The Florida Wildlife Commission confirms they have issued a unsafe Leopard Enclosure warning to BCR. to BCR, the…

We the Petitioners ask FWC Not to Approve – the requested Exemption that would allow Big Cat Rescue Tampa to continue Endangering the lives of human beings.According to Ch 10 News, The Florida Wildlife Commission confirms they have issued a unsafe Leopard Enclosure warning to BCR. to BCR, the Florida Wildlife Commission inspectors said they saw no way a leopard could escape their vacation rotation enclosure and they issued a warning, not a citation, because they believed it was clear that no harm was intended and no harm would have come of the situation?

BCR Quote
“Since we were obviously not aware of the rule and there was no imminent danger, they issued a warning, instead of a citation.

Is FWC unaware that from 1996 – 2003 there have been several incidents of Loose Big Cats and Big Cat Attacks with lawsuits at Wildlife on Easy St/BCR Tampa?

FWC Investigation Report
The complaint was Received on: 9/28/2014
The Inspection given on: 10/2/2014
Why did it take FWC 4 days to respond to a dangerous threat to the public?

BCR claims that the actual rule is confusing, however it is very clear the rule states that Leopards and jaguars shall not be kept in uncovered enclosures.

68A-6.004 Standard Caging Requirements for Captive Wildlife.
(4) Carnivores and Certain Omnivores with Similar Requirements:
c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) for cougars shall have vertical jump walls at least 10 feet high, with a 4-foot, 45 degree, inward angle overhang. Leopards and jaguars shall not be kept in uncovered enclosures except in facilities with wet or dry moats, which have been previously approved in writing by the Commission.

BCR further attempts to place blame elsewhere by calling the complaint ridiculous and a diversion from the work of passing the Big Cats & Public Safety Act. Please Note – The Big Cats & Public Safety Act is being promoted by BCR Tampa – a facility that publicly states they do not know or follow the current State Regulations on Public Safety and Big Cats.

Why would a Big Cat expert not know the natural ability of a leopard?

It is common knowledge that the leopard can climb and jump higher than any other big cat and is the master of stealth and they are so strong and comfortable in trees that they often haul the bodies of large animals into the branches. Their unique anatomy allows them to climb Very well whether old, arthritic or declawed and leopards wrists Lock which gives them the ability to climb so well, while using their digits like fingers extracting one toe, two toes.. etc.. They can run up to 36 miles per hour, leap 20 feet forward in a single bound and jump 10 feet straight into the air from a stand still.

How long has BCR been endangering the public and the animals in their care? See Nyla in the Vacation area a few days before her death on DOD 3/16/14. How close are the Trees to the fences in the back of this photo?
A facility that gives paid tours and located in a well populated area of a strip mall.

Leopards at BCR living in inhumane water soaked grounds.

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EBOLA~Know Why the Dog (and other animals) is Part of this Conversation

•October 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I would have never thought that I would have to be concerned about such deadly viruses, usually associated with 3rd world countries, as we are facing today; this seriously reminds me of a B-grade sci-fi movie, like that walker (Zombie) flick (there’s several-take your pick including first rate Walking Dead on AMC) ALL searching for a cure but that’s become a reality and exactly what’s going on right now-There’s no vaccine to prevent this although, the United States holds the patent for Ebola*. But that’s what’s happening and apparently there is a fear that animals could be carriers without showing signs of the disease itself; the possibly is still unknown at this time…Maybe this is part of an AR propaganda but came across this concerning animals and Ebola and figured I’d share it…Me and Rover are very attached to each other and will remain side by side…Ebola in humans reminds me of parvo in dogs-Rover is vaccinated against that!!!

As a dog owner I am alarmed that the dog in Spain owned by an Ebola victim was euthanized and the one in the US is in quarantine (I sure hope that’s going better than the quarantine for people-Obviously, that’s not been so great!!! Pretty pathetic actually. and isn’t Dallas Animal Services the ones that left a cat to die in a wall?!? ekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk) So what’s really going on?!?

Ebola: Understanding Viral Transmission, Pathogenesis and Why the Dog is Part of the Conversation

In the news recently there have been reports of three health care workers, one in Spain and two in the United States, who have been diagnosed with Ebola virus. Two of these women are also dog owners.  The dog in Spain was euthanized in the interest of public health. The dog in the United States is currently quarantined.

To better understand why dogs are part of the conversation and why these two countries reacted differently, a better understanding of Ebola virus is necessary.

Viruses are ranked on a biosafety level (BSL) scale from 1 – 4, with 4 being the most severe. Ebola is a BSL4 pathogen, for which there are no approved therapeutics or vaccines. The virus is transmitted from one individual to another through the exchange of bodily fluids and enters the body through exposed cuts or mucous membranes, such as an individual’s mouth or nose.

Public health officials are concerned about the role of dogs in Ebola virus transmission because there is scientific evidence that another mammal, the bat, is a reservoir for the disease. A reservoir host is one that carries the virus, is asymptomatic (displaying no symptoms of infectious virus), and that transmits the disease to humans or to other animals.

Based upon a research study in 2005 we know that feral dogs in African villages where there have been large scale epidemics seroconvert to Ebola. Seroconversion means the dogs have been exposed to virus and have produced antibodies specific for Ebola virus. Seroconversation does not imply production of infectious virus that can be transmitted to people or other animals. In other words, this study indicates that Ebola virus breached the dog’s mucosal barrier, was recognized by the canine immune system as being foreign and the body responded by producing anti-Ebola antibodies. In this study, dogs were described as being asymptomatic, and there was no evidence that virus was transmitted between dogs or from dogs to any other host.

In summary, there is currently no evidence that exposed dogs become productively infected and shed Ebola virus. So while there have been documented cases in Africa where dogs are exposed and respond to this exposure by producing anti-Ebola antibodies, there has been no evidence that the dogs infect people or other animals. Because there are unknowns in the Ebola chain of transmission, public health officials in Spain erred on the side of caution and chose to humanely euthanize the dog. In the United States, public officials have quarantined the dog in order to monitor him and perhaps arrive at a better understanding of what role, if any, the dog may have in the chain of transmission.

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Fact Sheet

What is Ebola?

Ebola is a lipid enveloped, filamentous, negative-sense virus with an RNA genome. The virus is transmitted from one individual to another through exchange of bodily fluids and enters through exposed cuts or mucous membranes (mouth, nose, etc.).

What does all this scientific jargon mean?

“Lipid enveloped”:

Lipid enveloped viruses contain a lipid bilayer coat (outer membrane of a cell) that protects their genome and helps them enter (infect) cells. The lipid bilayer of Ebola is composed of the same lipids as human cells and scientists believe this lipid coat may be extracted from lipid rafts of human cells as new virions “bud” or leave cells after intracellular expansion of the virus. Contained within the lipid bilayer of Ebola are virus proteins that help the virus infect new cells and contribute to its replication. All together, the lipid bilayer performs three functions, 1) to cloak the virus from the immune system because it closely resembles normal host cells, 2) to facilitate binding of virus to cells and entry in lipid-to-lipid interactions, and 3) to facilitate viral replication.

“Negative-sense RNA”:

Mammalian genetic code is DNA to RNA to protein. There are multiple forms of RNA synthesized by mammalian cells, and it is the messenger form of RNA, abbreviated as mRNA, that is translated into protein. Unlike mammals, some viruses (such as Ebola) use RNA rather than DNA as their genetic code. RNA viruses are further classified according to the “sense” or polarity of their RNA.  Positive-sense viral RNA is similar to mammalian mRNA and as a result can be immediately translated by the host cell after infection into viral protein. Negative-sense viral RNA is the mirror image of mRNA, consequently it must be converted to positive-sense RNA by an enzyme called RNA polymerase before translation into protein. As such purified RNA of a negative-sense virus is not infectious by itself and needs to be transcribed into positive-sense RNA to make viral protein that can be assembled into new, infectious virus particles. The Ebola genome encodes seven proteins named nucleoprotein, VP24, VP30, VP35, L protein, transmembrane glycoprotein and the matrix protein VP40.

Viral Replication and Infectivity:

Viruses are unique pathogens in that they use host cell machinery to make their viral proteins and assemble new virus particles, or virions. In other words, they carry their genetic blueprint with them but have the cell they infect do all production and assembly of new virions. Conceptually, they hijack cellular factories in order to replicate. In order for Ebola to infect and replicate it must be able to accomplish two things: it must enter a host cell and it must utilize host cell machinery to produce new virions that can then go on to infect the next individual. This is termed “productive infection.” In the absence of those two things Ebola infection does not spread and would be considered “abortive infection,” meaning the process ends because replication cannot occur. We do not know if canine cells can be invaded by Ebola virus and we do not know if Ebola can hijack the cellular machinery of canine cells to make new virus particles.

Pathogenesis of Ebola:

The cause, or pathogenesis of disease is not completely understood. In humans the virus targets and replicates within cells of the immune system, including monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells. Using these cells for transport, the virus disseminates to lymph nodes, liver and spleen. From there the virus expands to other cell types including endothelial cells (cells that line the blood vessels), fibroblasts, hepatocytes (liver cells) and adrenal cells. Ebola virus subverts immune system function and disables the primary anti-viral machinery of immune cells by inhibiting the type I interferon response system. In contrast, the virus strongly activates the inflammatory response, inducing excessive release of proinflammatory mediators (known as cytokines) that contribute to dysregulation of coagulation (blood clotting), endothelial barrier integrity, systemic inflammation, and ultimately multiorgan failure and death. It is this excessive inflammation that causes the symptoms of disease: gastrointestinal symptoms, rash, hemorrhage from mucous membranes, fever, neurologic dysfunction and shock.

Are dogs part of the chain of transmission of virus?

Infectious virus must be produced in a sufficient quantity and be provided a method of transport in order to be spread from host to host. Based on other better established viral transmission models, we know that viral amplification in an intermediate host is a prerequisite for transmission. As mentioned above, we do not know if the dog’s intracellular machinery can support viral replication, packaging and formation of infectious viral particles, nor do we know how the dog might shed virus for transmission to another host if it is asymptomatic. Extensive research is necessary to answer this question. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is currently working on recommendations for handling, testing and treatment of companion animals associated with human cases, and that information will be forthcoming.


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*more references that might be of interest:

U.S. Government Patented Ebola! Why?

Who has the most to gain by a worldwide outbreak of Ebola? Whoever can sell a solution to the problem, right? And just who might that be? Global pharmaceutical companies to the rescue!

Who else might be interested in being perceived as a hero sent to rescue millions of damsels and dudes in distress? Big Government is here to protect you! And control you, because with protection comes control.

So, here we have two huge entities supposedly here helping us from outside invaders, albeit the tiniest of enemies being single cell viruses, but just how outside are they? What if I were to tell you that one of those big ‘helper’ entities actually had a patent on Ebola? Sound far-fetched? One guess which of the two big happy helpers it is. Drug companies, right? …Wrong. It’s big government. Specifically, The United States of America.

Before you dismiss this as far-fetched or even impossible, just run a simple free patent search under the keyword ‘Ebola’. Not only will you see that Uncle Sam owns the patent on Ebola, but they also own the rights to all variations on Ebola, with the rights to all Ebola research. The official owner of this Ebola patent is: The Government of the US as Represented by the Secretary of the Dept. of Health. Essentially, it is a patent issued by The United States government to The United States government.

Please, look up U.S. patent number 20120251502, and then read the rest of this article—if you dare.

…Now you know what very few people know–that Ebola is not only able to be patented, but that patent is owned by the U.S. government! So ask yourself one question: What word is synonymous with patentable creations or inventions? …You guessed it: Inventors.

So is it possible that Ebola was actually invented?

Regardless of whether or not the original Ebola virus was a government invented germ biological warfare agent or whether the current Ebola virus is a variation of the original virus, one thing is for sure: this current strain of Ebola appears to have the potential of killing millions—if not billions—of people.

So if and when the dynamic duo of big government and big pharma announce that they have a vaccine or antidote to Ebola, should we trust them enough to let them inject their liquid solution into our tender, trusting arms?

Never mind the fact that even the Centers for Disease Control admitted that they had 10 to 30 million polio vaccines that they said may have been contaminated with SV-40 polyomavirus, a major suspected cancer agent. What is the choice we are given? Ebola or a big government, big pharma vaccine? Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. More like being stuck with a sharp prick.

Of course, a likely scenario will be the government announcing they are approving a fast-tracked vaccine by some pharmaceutical company that got a special government waiver from all liability since the wonder drug company worked day and night to come up with a solution to a global pandemic. And we certainly wouldn’t want to leave big pharma liable for hurting us in any way or allowing other time released scourges embedded within the solution.

To be continued…


Pet Animals Become Victims of Ebola Scare In Ivory Coast

From monkeys to big cats, people in Ivory Coast like to keep wild animals as pets but are now rethinking the custom with the deadly Ebola virus sweeping neighbouring countries.

A visit to the zoo in the economic capital Abidjan quickly demonstrated the concerns. The institution has begun to take in animals abandoned by owners, aware that wild beasts can be vectors of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever.

The green cages in one section of the zoo have filled up with abandoned or donated animals, but nobody is allowed to visit them since the area is a quarantine zone.

Behind the bars of one cage, monkeys chattered, grunted and gesticulated with excitement. A sign makes it clear that none carry the virus, but they have nonetheless been isolated to prevent possible contamination.

Julie, a two-year-old chimpanzee, showed off and scampered around, asking to be petted. Charlotte, a red baboon, leapt frantically around the cage. Louise, a medium-sized monkey with a white belly and nose, sat stoically on a bar amid the racket. The two males sharing the cage were new and had yet to be named.

- ‘An animal spreading panic’ -

Pet animals become victims of Ebola scare in Ivory Coast
The green cages in one section of the zoo have filled up with abandoned or donated animals, but nobody is allowed to visit them since the area is a quarantine zone. Picture: Getty Images

From monkeys to big cats, people in Ivory Coast like to keep wild animals as pets but are now rethinking the custom with the deadly Ebola virus sweeping neighboring countries.

A visit to the zoo in the economic capital Abidjan quickly demonstrated the concerns. The institution has begun to take in animals abandoned by owners, aware that wild beasts can be vectors of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever.

The green cages in one section of the zoo have filled up with abandoned or donated animals, but nobody is allowed to visit them since the area is a quarantine zone.

Behind the bars of one cage, monkeys chattered, grunted and gesticulated with excitement. A sign makes it clear that none carry the virus, but they have nonetheless been isolated to prevent possible contamination.

Julie, a two-year-old chimpanzee, showed off and scampered around, asking to be petted. Charlotte, a red baboon, leapt frantically around the cage. Louise, a medium-sized monkey with a white belly and nose, sat stoically on a bar amid the racket. The two males sharing the cage were new and had yet to be named.

- ‘An animal spreading panic’ -

The youngest arrival, a small red monkey about 30 centimeters (almost one foot) tall, came to the zoo at the beginning of September in circumstances that highlight the fear of Ebola.

The disease has killed almost 1,800 people across closed borders in neighboring Liberia and Guinea alone and a total 2,600 in the four countries where the disease has hit,  including Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The zoo’s vet, Daouda Soro, said that he had been summoned in haste to Abidjan’s military hospital to deal with “an animal who was spreading panic”. When he got there, he found a “very small (monkey) who was sleepy but shivering with hunger”.

“It was above all Ebola that caused the panic,” Soro told AFP.

As for Charlotte, she was abandoned on the street by her owner. Informed of her endangered state by passersby, Soro sped to the scene to find the baboon surrounded by people armed with “stones and clubs (who) wanted to kill her”, he said.

Three weeks later, the three-year-old female was clearly doing much better. Whenever her caretaker Charles Aby Yapi turned his back, Charlotte confidently set about normal primate behavior trying to pick fleas and ticks off him.

The newcomers “are not aggressive,” Yapi said with a smile. The only employee authorized to look after quarantined animals, he wears gloves in the cages and systematically washes his boots in disinfectant.

Even if they are not carrying the Ebola virus, the beasts taken in by the zoo could be infected with a range of diseases, and at risk of contaminating other animals.

“As soon as we can, we’ll put the (isolated arrivals) in the zoo” with their own kind, said deputy director Richard Champion, who specified that “the length of quarantine depends on the species.”

Strident howls suddenly erupted during the visit. Julie was calling for help. The chilly chimpanzee took fright when Yapi vanished out of sight after putting her in a more comfortable cage so that she could spend the night in a blanket.

- ‘Ebola doesn’t hide in bushes’ -

“We have already had to turn down about 10 animals” for lack of space in the quarantine zone and in compliance with strict regulations, Soro said.

Instead, advice is being made available to pet owners so that they can go on looking after their monkeys until there is more room in quarantine and places become free.

However, the situation could rapidly worsen if a case of Ebola is diagnosed in Ivory Coast. “That would certainly create panic. So people will abandon their animals,” zoo director Samouka Kane said.

The number of beasts people might then want to drop off at the zoo would grow exponentially because domesticating wild animals for company is a widely established practice.

Most animals in the zoo, apart from the elephant but including the leopard, have already been donated by people who no longer wanted to keep such pets at home once they were full-grown, Champion said.

Visitors benefit from the range of wildlife, but ever fewer people have been coming to the zoo since there is widespread but mistaken concern that any wild beast might be a carrier of Ebola.

Researchers worldwide have postulated that the fruit bat is a primary vector that may have passed on the disease to forest antelopes and primates, popularly eaten in many African countries as “bush meat”, but there are no certainties.

Kane recalled how one woman who entered the zoo “on tiptoe” panicked and told him how she was “looking everywhere” to try to spot the virus.

“I told her that Ebola doesn’t hide in the bushes,” he said with a laugh. “Nor in the eyes of an animal.”


Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned  -B


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