More about ‘animal expert’…cough…barf…Scott Lope

**The following is not new and Part 1 of an old post that I saved…This demonstrates why I am dead set AGAINST Scott Lope owning a single animal thus less a sanctuary of such size and magnitude -He can not change the facts or his history…Once you read you will be as alarmed as many of us…He is a fraud and NO animal expert!!!

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From: Kristina Brunner

Sent: Fri, May 6, 2011 10:40:44 AM

Subject: Discovery Channel’s “Wild Animal Repo” Makes a Mockery of San Antonio’s Wild Animal Orphanage’s Animals

Greetings Everyone:

On Sunday, WAR will air a show that inaccurately depicts how the WAO’s 22 bears and capuchin monkeys were supposedly “rescued” and relocated to the new homes in Colorado and Florida, respectively.

This show makes a mockery out of what really happened at the WAO. Please watch this show and if you are as outraged as I am (based on what I have seen thus far), please write the Discovery Channel and its sponsors. I will provide contact information after the show airs, if you are interested in contacting the show and its sponsors about this travesty of justice.

For whatever reason, the Discovery Channel has chosen to lie to the public about the WAO animals. In memory of 65+ animals (tigers, lions, cougars,bears, wolves, monkeys, chimpanzees, etc) that died during the five year Texas OAG and USDA investigation, I pray you will join me in protesting this show and ask for the truth to be told about what really happened to the WAO animals. Thank you – Kristina

Wild Animal Repo (WAR)
(TVPG) 60 Min. 07:00PM Sun., May 8 (CST) – check your local listings for the air time in your area.
Ch. 30, DSC , CC , Stereo

“Bears; Capuchin Monkeys; Roadside Tigers”

Exotic animal re-possessor heads to Texas to rescue 22 bears from a breeding facility.

Four WAR video snippets of the San Antonio and Leona Texas animals:

Back in January 2011, I wrote to the USDA describing the inaccuracies of Discovery Channel’s season premiere of WAR which was supposed to air on January 16th, 2011. WAR’s promos showed the “rescue” of capuchin monkeys from a soon-to-be demolished roadside zoo and the “rescue” of 22 bears from suspected breeders.

When many in the industry exposed the truth, that the monkeys and bears were from a Texas sanctuary that closed its door because of corruption and mismanagement, and the animals were NOT from a roadside zoo or a private exotic animal breeder, Discovery cancelled the show a few hours before the scheduled showtime. Now, unbelievably, the same TV program is scheduled to air on May 8th, 2011.

This time, Discovery changed WAR’s promo description of the bears’ rescue from that of a private breeder to that of a “financially troubled sanctuary”, yet continues to claim Lope rescued “a troop of capuchin monkeys from a soon-to-be-demolished roadside zoo”, even though the truth is the monkeys came from the very same “financially troubled sanctuary” as the bears!

By law, there is no such thing as ‘Exotic Animal Repossession”. Even though animals are property under the US legal system, the only time an animal confiscation can occur is when law enforcement officers are directed to do so by a court order.

Scott Lope is not authorized to confiscate or repossess anyone’s animals. For Discovery to pretend such a job exists, and the notion that Lope is ‘the man’ in what they call a ‘reality’ show, is a sure way to get lumped in with tabloid-style propaganda TV programming.

My January 16, 2011 letter to the USDA, Texas OAG, and Discovery Channel:
From: Kristina Brunner
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 11:05 PM

To: ‘’; ‘’
Cc: ‘’; ‘’
Subject: Wild Animal Repo (WAR) and Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO)


January 16, 2011

Please accept this letter as an addendum to the original complaint letter
previously submitted to your Office. The information contained herein
pertains to my original complaint regarding alleged misrepresentation
perpetrated by the non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization’s
owners/operators of the Animal Sanctuary of the United States, d/b/a Wild
Animal Orphanage (WAO); f/k/a the Primate Sanctuary of the U.S. (PSUS),
f/k/a the National Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates (NSRRP), f/k/a
The San Antonio Wildlife Emergency Centre, f/k/a Primate Sanctuary of
America ( PSA ); f/k/a Chimp Aid; f/k/a Cat Haven; and f/k/a Feral Cat
Rehabilitation Center and Whisker’s and Wag’s Humane Society.

On January 16, 2011 at 8:00pm CSD, I was set to watched and taped a new
reality television show titled “Wild Animal Repo”, staring Scott Lope to be
featured on the Discovery cable network channel. Unfortunately, I was not
able to see the show because, according to Scott Lope’s Facebook page,
“.Discovery just pulled a last minute schedule change and Wild Animal Repo
has been postponed and will not air tonight.”

Earlier, I found a promotional announcement on the Internet, giving viewers
a “sneak peek” into the new series. The “sneak peek” included three videos
of depicting animal rescues to be shown on the series premiere: 6-tiger
rescue, 22-bear rescue, and capuchin-monkeys rescue. While the “tiger
rescue” has nothing to do with the Wild Animal Orphanage’s (WAO) animals,
the other two videos I believe, feature WAO monkeys and bears. Scott Lope
does not come out and directly say he is filming from the WAO’s Leslie and
Talley Road properties, but I have absolutely no doubt the videos were
filmed at the WAO sanctuary (not to be confused with a road-side zoo). I
immediately recognized the monkeys, bears, cages, and I also recognized
Henry Newman operating the front loader.

According to Mr. Lope, the 22 bears were “repo’d” because the owners
currently do not have sufficient funds to care for the animals. It was
explained during the “sneak peek” video that the bears were bred for the
purpose of selling their offspring to either private owners or to research

Based on this new and highly inflammatory information, I believe it to be
imperative that the USDA and the Texas OAG conduct an immediate
investigation into whether or not these statements, made on this “sneak
peek” video, are in fact true and accurate.

At this time, I am holding back judgment as to whether or not the validity
of the claims made by Mr. Lope are true, because of past evidence presented
to both federal and local government entities over the last several years of
all illegal activities perpetrated by the WAO Board of Directors. It would
not surprise me in the least to learn that, along with tens of thousands of
dollars misappropriated by the WAO board directors/employees and the
numerous documented violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the WAO board of
directors/employees were engaged in illegal breeding and selling of WAO
animals for their personal gain.

I have no reason to believe that Mr. Lope perpetrated fraud on his potential
television viewing audience by claiming facts not known to him, for to do so
would put his credibility at risk, possibly losing his opportunity to
continue filming “Wild Animal Repo.” Therefore, Mr. Lope’s claims deserve
the utmost urgent investigation, prior to the show’s rescheduling date. I
believe it is imperative to keep an open mind and not render judgment until
after the USDA and the OAG has the opportunity to conduct a thorough
investigation and well document their findings regarding Mr. Lope’s
assertions that the WAO board of directors/employees sold baby bears for

I pray the USDA and OAG will continue their investigations into the WAO’s
activities so as to learn exactly how many bears were forced to breed; how
many live births were recorded; the health condition of the bears when sold;
the baby bears’ current location; and the total amount of money the WAO
board of directors received as the result of the bear sales to either
private owners or research facilities/centers.

I am aware of numerous offspring born at the WAO such as Capuchins;
Long-Tailed macaques; Javan macaques; several lions; a bear named Hallie;
tigers; and black-spotted leopards. As far as I know, these animals were not
sold to the general public or to research facilities/centers. However, it is
not much of a stretch to believe the bears may have been used for
breeding/profit purposes as it has been well documented that the WAO board
of directors and its employees exploited the animals for their personal

In the meantime, I have grave concerns regarding possible violations of the
Animal Welfare Act, as witnessed on the “Wild Animal Repo” sneak peek

1. Does Mr. Lope have a USDA exhibitor license? Case law, after case law,
has held that if one does any exhibiting of regulated animals, (for a fee or
not), that person must have a license/permit.


“Exhibitor means any person (public or private) exhibiting any animals,
which were purchased in commerce or the intended distribution of which
affects commerce, or will affect commerce, to the public for compensation,
as determined by the Secretary. This term includes carnivals, circuses,
animal acts, zoos, and educational exhibits, exhibiting such animals
whether operated for profit or not.”

I am sure the production company is not filming the “repo’d” animals’
relocation for free. Therefore, showing the animals while not under the
care or control of an “actual exhibitor” is in violation of operating
without a license. Mr. Lope made it very clear in the presentation he had
the decision making authority when it came to moving the animals from
various facilities to their new homes, and in some case, across state lines.
Even if the facilities still maintain a license, as soon as the “repo” team
leaves with the animals, they are then no longer on the facilities’

2. In watching the video of Scott Lope’s attempts to cage the tigers and
capuchin monkeys, it was very clear to me that he and the camera crew were
making the chaotic situation much worse, ultimately causing more harm than
good for the animals.

TITLE 9–ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS – Sec. 2.131 Handling of animals.

(a) All licensees who maintain wild or exotic animals must demonstrate
adequate experience and knowledge of the species they maintain.

(b) (1) Handling of all animals shall be done as expeditiously and carefully
as possible in a manner that does not cause trauma, overheating, excessive
cooling, behavioral stress, physical harm, or unnecessary discomfort.
(2) (i) Physical abuse shall not be used to train, work, or otherwise handle

(2)(c)(1) During public exhibition, any animal must be handled so there is
minimal risk of harm to the animal and to the public, with sufficient
distance and/or barriers between the animal and the general viewing public
so as to assure the safety of animals and the public.

It was obvious to me that these animals were super stressed. Mr. Lope, being
a “self-proclaimed” animal handler of such animals, should have known there
were better ways of moving animals from their accustomed homes to much
smaller transport cages, so as to reduce the traumatic stress levels of the
animals and prevent injury (i.e. tiger paw caught under the fence, etc.) in
violation of Sec 2.131 (b) 1,

OR, Mr. Lope is in fact did not demonstrate adequate experience and
knowledge of the species he/they maintain in violation of Sec 2.131 (a).

The self-imposed deadlines that Mr. Lope established in moving the animals
out of their accustomed enclosures into the transport cages increased the
risk of injury not only for the animals, but to his person, including the
work crews around him. The animals were not in any imminent danger,
requiring a immediate evacuation from their enclosures. This new reality
show seems to be focused on exhibiting the animals, showing the public how
dangerous it can for Mr. Lope to move exotic animals, rather than focusing
on the animals’ mental and physical well-being during their stressful

In conclusion, it is my prayer that the USDA and OAG fully investigate the
validity of Mr. Lope’s statements and determine whether or not he violated
sections of the Animal Welfare Act. Your prompt attention to this matter is
greatly appreciated.

Kristina Brunner
People need to know the truth and hopefully will hopefully send letters of complaint to Wilmington, NC…Every effrt must be made to prevent Scott Lope from establishing such a facility.


~ by topcatsroar on May 5, 2012.

13 Responses to “More about ‘animal expert’…cough…barf…Scott Lope”

  1. I believe that Scott Lope’s history should speak for itself. No one commits 15 hours a day, every day, for 10 years at minimum wage without passionately believing in what they are doing. There are better ways to earn money than to work this schedule 24/7/365 FOR THE ANIMALS. Back when BCR allowed persons to pay to stay the night in their “hotel rooms” on the BCR property and to enter the cages of the cats to pet and touch these animals – for entertainment’s sake, I have seen this man’s passion in person. I have been kicked off BCR at 5:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning during a hurricane by Mr. Lope so he would not be distracted from ensuring the safety of the animals. I yelled at him and objected. However, he was right. He took my verbal abuse (because I was scared to death of the hurricane) and during my next trip to BCR I apologized for my out of line behavior. However, I will never believe that he is anything but honorable and dedicated to a cause that does not have enough supporters. He speaks with his actions, not empty words. Please consider this when criticizing. TV is a highly productive way to show problems and Discovery Channel is an expert at this. If it makes us care about the animals and makes us realize that we need to do more, what is the harm? I’m sure Scott did not have total control over the process and did the best he could to bring the plight of the animals to the forefront of our conscience. Is that really unacceptable?

    • The show was FRAUD!!! If he was …WAS the real deal, then there would have been no need to go to such great lengths as to lie!!!
      I do not know him and nor do I care to meet him…He’s no hero of mine!!! Your story adds up to someone realizing the dangers that exist at BCR when a force of nature is present. The place is a joke…a very bad joke. Go to other places and look at the caging and the cleanliness…does not exist at BCR…
      It’s a SCAMtuary!!! He’s a bad joke!!! -B

    • Debra,
      In response to your statement “No one commits 15 hours a day, every day, for 10 years at minimum wage without passionately believing in what they are doing. There are better ways to earn money than to work this schedule 24/7/365 FOR THE ANIMALS.”, I have to say your knowledge of the human race is about as small as “topcatsroar” above. I myself would donate every minute of my life in protecting and preserving the lives of all animals, licensed or not. The human race is doing a fine job destroying all human life and with learning what I have on this website as well as others it sickens me that we treat animals just the same… Profit, money, money making machines. The human race has become sick in making money off off other beings on the planet simply because they cannot speak up or do anything about it, the animals. I have recently become VEGAN because of what I have learned mankind is capable of doing to cows, chickens, pigs and turkey…. yes, even the free range, all natural, grain fed and whatever lie they tell you rip these animals apart limb by limb. Having any wild animal in captivity is cruel. And if their transport to freedom is smaller (because the government isn’t going to pay for an 18-wheeler) than so be it.
      My grandfather always told me”Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”
      It’s a damn TV show…. what is sad is that there really is no one looking at these governmental agencies and monitoring their activity.
      Your change of argument is nice but everyone here seems intent on proving that Mr. Lope is a fake. No one is concerned about the animals still out there, still in captivity, still being abused/neglected, tortured, used for monetary gain, mutilated and left for dead. Real or not, it’s a nice place to escape to from real reality where humans are the biggest mistake ever made.

      • Look, I don’t know who Debra is but assuming you are referring to me. I guess you really aren’t getting it are you?!? Shame really…you demonstrate that you’re closer to understanding the situation with this idiot and how he treated animals…produced lies to get his results which weren’t good for the animals and the whole point of this post!!!
        Doing as he was taught…Do let me know when you do finally get an understanding of it…cause you are way off base here darlin’.
        …you don’t have to explain your veganism to me-I get that and your choice just be careful…supplements required for what your body needs and missing!!! Wait, what government agency-the USDA/APHIS or the NFPs that are doing their own brand of policing to steal animals…is this any different?!!? -B

  2. I have no knowledge of Scott Lope, though I did watch the episode mentioned. I just want to clarify a point. The 22 capuchins did go to a very nice sanctuary in Florida where I volunteer. Scott Lope doesn’t own those animals, he just helped capture them.

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    • Go for free…why spend the money before you’re ready…set your platform…Love WordPress accept there was this one time…hahahaha…I’m no writer…I post it and speak as I see it with emphasis on stating the facts and exposing the truth…nothing more…TY for reading…Stay tuned for Zoo Wars and more…Follow this blog -B

  6. Your claims of BCR are false … I have volunteered there and what you are saying is not true.

    • Look, don’t tell me truth from FICTION when YOU have worked there and blinded…those pictures of cages don’t lie-It IS a PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE, especially if a hurricane or tornado blows thru!!! There is no way to secure the cats in a lock down situation…There’s no way to lock the cats out to properly clean the cages…It’s no more than a Roadside Zoo as stated by FFW-Big Cat Rescue was NOT given sanctuary status!!! BCR doesn’t and should provide properly for the animals and the community deserves proper safety precautions!!!…I note that you are not a professional and easily swayed by lies…OPEN YOUR EYES!!! -B

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