Zoo Wars-What’s the Hell is REALLY Going On at Big Cat Rescue (Wildlife on Easy Street)…?!?
It’s not passing the sniff test…It wreaks of a cover-up
Similar to the cover-ups done before by Carole Baskin, CEO Big Cat Rescue-the very same reason that Wildlife on Easy Street became Big Cat Rescue-To cover up the numerous incidents and mauling’s that occurred there. It should be noted that Carole Baskin is CEO of several IRS 501-C-3 organizations registered to her same Easy Street address and could change the name of her facility at anytime.
From claiming that sharp edges on caging as a ‘manufacture defect’* and forcing everyone who enters the property to sign a release form if cut on the caging-WHAT THE FUCK!?! What about the exposure to the animals contained in that caging?!? Do the inspectors that enter that Hell-Hole sign a release form???-I doubt that…Are those very same inspectors so fucking blind to recognize that the animals are exposed to possible injury 24/7.
Why the Hell has OSHA, the USDA/APHIS as well as FFC ignored this fact about the caging when they have received so many complaints previously-do I even dare mention all the rust??? Sharp edges should be ground down on both sides to prevent injury for both people and animals…
[*Bloggers Note: I have purchased a lot of the same material or the years for caging -the very same materials that Baskin has claimed to be defective-Never have I ever received a panel with sharp edges-Sharp edges occur when the material is cut and someone is too damn lazy (or cheap is this case), to grind off the bare edges-Due to the inaccuracies of the statement as ‘manufacture defect’, BCR could easily be held liable no matter signing a wavier as Baskin would have to demonstrate, per manufacture statement, that all the materials used for caging and fencing is in fact, a defect.-That’s not happening for certain]
Does this look like safe humane living conditions?
So why have I begun this post with this fact?
There was a report made to a hospital where a volunteer from BCR went for emergency care after being bit by a cougar, Specifically a feeding accident. Not only was she treated but she was also held for observation and IV antibiotics to prevent infection and blood poisoning….Wait for it…
On further investigation, Baskin claimed she knew nothing about any accident to have occurred at BCR-Huh?!?-BULLSHIT!!!
But this story gets more unbelievable as it goes…FFC waited 5 days before investigation and I bet the USDA/APHIS and OSHA were never informed of this incident when it occurred!!! Baskin may claim that she knew nothing about it but it’s her responsibility to know when incidents occur and to report them for investigation immediately-
“Victim Sue Anne Messineo was interviewed by Lt. De Lacure on at her residence, after being treated for an alleged bite involving a Western Cougar at Big Cat rescue were she is a volunteer.”
Alleged!!! She was either bit or she wasn’t per the hospital report on her entry to the emergency room-Alleged my ass!!! Appears DeLacure may have had his palm greased, ya think!?! …Alleged…
And that’s when the story changed-Holy Crap, that takes big ones after running to an emergency room at a hospital for a cougar bite and then admitted for treatment and observation for a mauling…
What’s even more un-believable is that Lt. DeLacure seems to believe this new tale and writes it in his report without any question to it’s validity…Alleged…Did he even verify with the hospital or the Health Department?!? And why are all these agencies allowing those animals to continue to live in rusted sub-standard caging for as long as they have?!? But there’s more-Hell Yeah There Is…Get this, volunteer, Sue Anne Messineo, who ignored proper protocol for reporting this incident was then promoted to ‘Keeper Coordinator’ at Big Cat Rescue-HUH-!?! Generally speaking, if proper protocol of a serious nature is broken, would you get promoted or stand a risk of loosing your job-whether a volunteer or an employee??? The following is the noted report from FFC-click on the link to open:
This story is well documented including Baskin saying that she knew nothing about any incident-WHAT THE FUCK?!?
From OSHA concerning the tragic death at SeaWorld:
“The general duty clause requires employers to furnish employees with an environment and workplace that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to [its] employees.”
29 U.S.C. § 654 (a)(1). An employer is liable for a recognized hazard that is likely to cause serious physical harm or death unless there were “no feasible means to eliminate or materially reduce the hazard.” Fabi Constr. Co. v. Sec’y of Labor, 508 F.3d 1077, 1081 (D.C. Cir. 2007)
I have filed several complaints concerning BCR and repeatedly requested that the USDA/APHIS impose specific standards to prevent these sorts of preventable incidents and tragedies from occurring there. No citations or corrections have been noted on inspection.
I have yet to see a proper or meaningful inspection, investigation and/or any citations written to BCR. BCR is NOT representative of high safety standards as an example for the entire industry. GFAS facilities are NOT without incident.*
*Bloggers Note-Renee Radziwon at WildCat Haven which is a GFAS accredited facility died that way…
“According to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, an inspector concluded that WildCat Haven Sanctuary did not have enough staff to operate safely, that the nonprofit regularly violated its own safety practices for interacting with cougars and that the enclosures for those cats had unsafe design features and inadequate equipment. The factors contributed to workers repeatedly putting themselves in direct contact with cougars.”
“Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, an animal care technician and WildCat’s head keeper for eight years, was killed Nov. 9 when she was attacked while cleaning a cougar enclosure alone. She apparently tried to lock out three cougars in the enclosure but was unable to do so before at least one attacked her, an Oregon OSHA report said.” For more go here: http://www.oregonlive.com/sherwood/index.ssf/2014/03/wildcat_haven_sanctuary_cited.html
NOTE-It is this bloggers opinion and the opinions of others that OSHA has a lot of gall to recommend GFAS or AZA facilities standards-Lawmakers have exempted members of those private organizations from requirements that ALL other private owners must obey and pay fees. Neither AZA or GFAS are without incident! Primate owners not affiliated with either organization have fewer cases of incidents…I’ll be damned…Maybe they should be forced to not join a private organization and be held accountable-Maybe these government agencies and lawmakers should be held accountable for bad laws and exemptions to their laws ya think?!?
When is the USDA/APHIS, OSHA and FFC take meaningful and proper enforcement action against Big Cat Rescue to ensure that no further preventable incident or tragedy occurs at BCR?!?
Now as if you don’t think that’s bad enough…Carole Baskin went and posted on Palm Beach Zoo’s FB Wall (I think I just puked in my mouth a little):
I noted this comment that was made:
“I have had about enough of CAROLE BASKIN and her EXPERT OPINION…..People need to read this womans history from the beginning…..the leopard NEVER changes its spots…..she has made millions breeding, selling and charging people to sleep with them, to feeding them and still keeps the money drawer full….from collecting their skins and bones after they die the poor animals keep paying…..she brags about her skin drawers and bones….everyone knows that they will bring big dollars to the oriental market…..if not on top of the table on the black market…..her animals at her privately owned road side ZOO are cramped and during rainy season they are in water up to their bellies. SHE has at least 6 or more die a year and I guess no one will give her any any more so she had to go outside the country for a sob story and RESCUE a circus tiger…..the last one she did a big advertised sob story was one she got from OHIO…..those cats were stolen under automatic weapons pointed at the owner to sign a release…..in crawls big cat rescue to take one and ask for donations saying it was so weak it could not stand. etc…..LIES ,LIES AND MORE LIES…the cat was drugged……AM I PISSED you bet enough is enough of this self proclaimed animal rights joke……..she herself said she only goes to the facility once a month and also stated that she will be thrilled to close as soon as all the BANS are around the country…..which means she will kill all her animals and I guess add their skins and bones to her future gold mine…..”
If you would like to file a complaint against BCR and demand immediate inspection and investigation, here’s who and where to send your message. **Giving this matter your attention just might save someone else from being injured or worse at Big Cat Rescue and certainly would be helping the animals at BCR who are exposed to un-safe living conditions.
Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
200 Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC 20210
Via e-mail: PublicMichaelsDavid@dol.gov
Re: URGENT REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION OF BIG CAT RESCUE
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned and follow this blog -B
UPDATE-The cougar was placed in quarantine-Animals are not put in quarantine unless there has been an incident people…Take Action NOW!!!