ZOO WARS~Big Cat Rescue (Formerly Wildlife On Easy Street (W.O.E.S.)-PART 1

Sent to me and sharing with you because someone “might take flag it to be taken down”-Not familiar with this blog but sure rings out the same sentiments expressed in this blog and elsewhere.

Rejected by her peers, obsessed with collecting exotic cats like a “hoarder”, a FAILED previous breeder, never considered an expert with big cats yet today considered some sort of authority!?! -WTF?!? Carole Lewis Baskin’s Big cat Rescue/Wildlife on Easy Street has someone else exposing the truth so why has the truth gone by un-noticed by the people who create laws based on her propaganda-Simple question with an easy answer, Baskin has promoted herself and her agenda  that once accepted by animal rights extremists is spread far and wide so little is left for her to do to promote herself and breeding facility that she now proclaims as a sanctuary yet the truth is that it is no more than a roadside zoo in Florida where the authorities have stated that it is NOT a sanctuary due to so much commercial activity 24/7…

So I’m documenting as much of the post on this site as possible for preservation. If you follow the link and it’s gone you know  what happened to it…Life on Easy Street is just not so easy to keep up with more people exposing the truth.

About the writer of the blog-

Juan Garcia

I’m a Christian that has a deep profound appreciation for our natural world. I like to speak my mind using common sense.

If this is where he starts-I can’t wait to see who else he exposes on this blog


Big Cat Rescue (Formerly Wildlife On Easy Street (W.O.E.S.)

What is Big Cat Rescue?

“Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Our dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.”  

Sounds nice right? What could possibly be so bad about them?

Origins of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue was originally known as Wildlife On Easy Street back when Carole Baskin, the founder, was known as Carole Lewis before her still missing, presumed dead rich husband mysteriously vanished without  a trace, God rest his soul.  The wildlife sanctuary was built from the ground up in a dump, literally.
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 (..)” –  Carole Lewis, 2001
Since the sanctuary was built on a dump it makes you wonder if health problems could arise in the cats by continually drinking water from a former burrowing pit.
According to the Wildlife On Easy Street website they started when,“We visited a fur farm and discover 56 Lynx kittens for sale. If they didn’t get pet homes they would be slaughtered the next year for their belly fur. We brought home all 56 and found ourselves in the rescue business.” – Carole Lewis, 2001

Compare that to what they say now.

“In 1993 [Don] located a place in Minnesota that sold bobcat and lynx kittens and we drove there with my 12 year old daughter and a friend to look at them. What we found was a “fur farm”. While they sold a few cubs each year as pets, their main business was raising them for a year and then slaughtering them to make coats. The cats were in cages that were several inches deep with layers of fur and feces. The flies were so thick in the metal shed that we had to put hankies over our faces just to breathe without inhaling them. On the floor was a stack of partially skinned bobcats, Canada lynx and Siberian lynx. Their bellies had been cut off as this soft, spotted fur is the only portion used in making fur coats. I was so stunned by the sight, that I was numbed and in denial of what I had just seen.  There were 56 kittens and we asked if there was that big of a market for them as pets.  We were told that whatever did not sell for pets would be slaughtered the following year for fur. In horror and disbelief I looked at my husband.  I couldn’t speak.  I had never heard anything so heartless and now the pile of dead cats in the corner hit me with the reality of a freight train (..) “ – B.C.R., 2014
Anyway, they only bought the cute kittens leaving the adult cats to supposedly be killed for their fur.
Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if you could get up close and personal with big cats and their smaller counterparts? Well, back when Big Cat Rescue was known as Wildlife On Easy Street you could do just that and then some. Before Carole began her crusade on people owning and exploiting big cats she used to let tourists and anybody looking for a once in a life time experience come in to direct contact with her big cats and if that wasn’t enough a person could rent a cabin with one.
“Enjoy bed and breakfast in sunny Florida on 40 acres of a privately owned wildlife refuge–dedicated to caring for more than 100 exotic eats. For $75 per night, double occupancy, you get a private, rustic cottage. No children please. Fishing and snorkeling in the 20 acre spring fed lake is one of the many things you will enjoy. Get the chance of a lifetime to play with over twenty tame Bobcats, Lynxes, Ocelots, baby Leopards, baby Tiger, Servals, and Caracals, and watch wild ones roam freely in a natural environment. Swim right up to a Tiger! Once properly trained you may keep a tame Bobcat, Lynx, Serval, Caracal or Tiger with you overnight. The cabin is equipped with air conditioned, shower with hot water, fridge, microwave, stove, and TV.” W.O.E.S., 1997
That actually sounds pretty cool if I do say so myself.

Guest Cabin at W.O.E.S.

Visitor petting a tame cat
Everything all changed when her husband mysteriously vanished without a trace leaving her to jump on the animal rights bandwagon.
There are several videos on this blog-I leave you with an investigation I hadn’t seen before:
All the outraged animal owners/lovers must have gotten under Carole Lewis Baskin’s skin because she actually came out for an interview but what animal rights extremist supports feeding live unsuspecting domesticated rabbits to these cats?!? Truth is, she’s too cheap to hire someone to capture wild rabbits and other rodents and then pay to make sure that they are healthy before feeding as others have done. It’s also a FACT that the ability to hunt is instinctive-but exactly how long do they remain at W.O.E.S. before finally released-WAIT-Are they released?!? -Doesn’t that require a permit to rehab and release in Florida!?! I have yet to find any information regarding these questions…I welcome anyone who knows to supply me with the information…Would like to hear from Bobcat rehabbers as to their policies regarding feeding and release. Just how common is it to be rehabbing young Bobcats to be released in the wild-Is a permit required?!? Maybe I will do a bit of research myself for the answers to these questions…However I know someone who might have the answers to my questions-a REAL sanctuary owner in Florida. Watch for future posts from this blog page and information on rehabbing Bobcats.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned…More in future posts from this site the blogger  -B
Thank you Juan Garcia





~ by topcatsroar on April 4, 2014.

One Response to “ZOO WARS~Big Cat Rescue (Formerly Wildlife On Easy Street (W.O.E.S.)-PART 1”

  1. Cool, keep spreading the truth. Hopefully, more and more people will start listening and investigating. Take care.

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