The following is how Carole runs to her own rescue to cover up her own un-told stories.
BCR-Transparency Is Critical at Sanctuaries and Zoos:
As I was watching the inept way the Palm Beach Zoo was dealing with the death of a zookeeper, it made me think about the way we always try to be completely transparent about what happens behind closed gates at Big Cat Rescue. The very day our critics, those backyard breeders and tiger cub pimps, were sending private messages to our fans on Facebook, alleging a cougar bite at Big Cat Rescue, there was a tragedy reported at the Palm Beach Zoo. As you can imagine, the story of a zookeeper being mauled to death at a well known zoo, caused an international media flurry that resulted in our phones ringing off the hook with requests for comment.
Joe- Tiger cub pimps? ROTFLMO, and she is the one bringing in another tiger from Peru when last week she was raising money saying there are too many tigers in America now. Let’s talk about pimps and exploiting tigers. Have you ever seen someone in a sanctuary sell this many kinds of tours? http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fbigcatrescue.org%2Fvisit-the-big-cats%2F&h=_AQETWiRQ&s=1 and she starts her transparency off with leading you to a horrible story once again about someone getting killed somewhere else so right off the bat you are not thinking about the real story and that is her covering up her own story about what happens at Big Cat Rescue.
BCR- If I have to write the same email more than once, it is probably worthy of being a blog post to our site, so that I don’t have to keep writing it. The media can find it online, if they do any research at all, and can take their quotes from the article. That is the genesis of this article and the one I wrote called When Tigers Kill Keepers. Our PR Director Susan Bass and I spoke this morning about the fact that the zookeeper’s death, while horrific, would typically only have resulted in a two day news cycle, but it was being handled so poorly that it was still in the news today; a week later. Meanwhile, our opponents to legislation that would end the private possession of big cats, were accusing us of not being forthcoming about what they called a cougar bite.
So let me clear that up now
There wasn’t a cougar bite at Big Cat Rescue
The Florida Wildlife Commission report, that is being posted by our haters, and sent to our supporters, has been blurred out in the sections that negate the earlier report of a cougar biting a volunteer. These same bad guys filed a false report with OSHA and an online petition. Since I had to take the time to respond to OSHA, I am posting here for anyone who has been contacted by those who seek to discredit us.
Dear OSHA Rep.,
Can you print this email as a response to your request, as accessing a fax machine is a huge hassle and mailing this simple answer seems like a waste of paper and postage?
First; the volunteer in question was never an employee of Big Cat Rescue. None of the animal care work at the sanctuary is done by employees. It is all done by volunteers. Paid staff are only paid to to administrative work but she has never even been paid staff.
Joe- You see as long as she keeps them as volunteers, OSHA cannot govern them unless they are paid employees. Loophole number 1. But the USDA must govern volunteers and the public so let’s see what they have to say? But than again she has the USDA in her pocket because you will never see her written up by them for all this junk, trees built as support for cages etc.
BCR- While the original hospital report stated that she had been bitten, it just wasn’t possible given her description to me after the fact and the quarter inch long, minor surface cut to her hand. She said her hand never went in the cage so when the cat moved toward her, she probably just dragged her hand across the cage wall quickly, in order to avoid contact, and caused the scratch on the wire. The galvanizing can cause an infection, which is probably what happened.
Joe- Let’s see so the Florida Health Department and the Professionals at the Hospital are all lying right? And Carole never does no wrong. Let’s see if her Transparency ever on her website shows all of these accidents and injuries?
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[Bloggers note-Carole Baskin has never disputed any of the following information because she can’t! Big Cat Rescue not only has a high death rate for the cats placed at that facility -many with no explanation or cause of death but when DBA Wildlife on Easy Street had a high number of incidents-all documented and hidden from the general public and law makers by changing the name of the facility]
Attacks at Big Cat Rescue
Subject: Big Cat Attacks at Big Cat Rescue Sources: St Petersburg Times, Court Documents, Releases Signed By Victims, Staff Who Lived Onsite:
Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Tampa Florida’s Big Cat Rescue, loves to report on statistics of big cat attacks. Baskin has one of the worst records of exotic cat attacks and escapes in the state of Florida, if not the country, although most were kept quiet and none are ever reported on her website where she so smugly posts accidents occurring at other facilities.
As with the buying, breeding and selling of exotic cats, Baskin likes to blame these attacks on her missing millionaire husband Don Lewis but as you can see, most of the incidents occurred after Don went missing in 1997.
Here is a partial list…the ones we’ve read or been told about by staff living on the property.
1995/Timothy Evans: This North Carolina man (case # 97-08896-B) was attacked by a South American cougar named Tobi and was severely bitten on his left forearm after Baskin irresponsibly invited him to pet the cat which she claimed was “tame and friendly.”
1998/Mindy Harrel: Mindy age 46 was attacked by Baskin’s daughter’s pet black leopard, Jumanji who was born at BCR. This very serious wound required 451 stitches to her right arm and removed the skin from her elbow to her wrist.
1998/Leah Dixon: Leah required hospital treatment after being attacked by a cougar which almost scalped her. By this time Baskin had learned to have the victims sign a release and then paid them to keep quiet. We have a copy of the release signed by Leah Dixon.
1998/Jennifer Adair: Jennifer was bitten in the thigh by Baskin’s pet snow leopard Hercules, bought for her by husband Don Lewis for her birthday. This bite went unreported.
1999/Daniel Caprio: This live-in lover of Baskin’s daughter, was attacked by a brown lemur named Co Coa. The wound required stitches to repair his ripped ear. The attack was not reported and Daniel was ordered by Baskin not to talk about it.
1999/Jason Hasford: Jason was injured by the same brown lemur, Co Coa. The wound in his arm took seven stitches. He too, signed a release and was told not to talk about it.
: Jennifer Lowery was bitten by an Ocelot. (Case # 3632) It looks as though she sued and it was settled out of court. view document here.
2000 or 2001/Cabin Guest: A cabin guest was bitten three times while interacting with a serval named Esmerelda after paying to sleep with the cat. He was made to sign a release, was compensated, and the injury was not reported.
2001/Carolyn Thompson: Carolyn was bitten on the hand by a cougar named Casper. The injury was treated at a hospital and there was some permanent nerve damage. Carolyn signed the release and was ordered not to talk about it.
Date Unknown Sometime after Don disappeared a man and his child wandered into BCR through a broken front gate and a lynx tore the child’s ear.
2006 There were emergency instructions for staff members printed on the BCR website. Under the heading for what to do if a tour group member is bitten by a cat, the last instructions say; “have person sign release form and give them compensation, to make it legal. This must be done immediately before outside influences encourage them to sue.”
These are just the attacks that we know of and this report does not include the many escapes of cougars, servals, lemurs and other animals at WOES. Carole Lewis Baskin was a completely irresponsible exotic animal owner when it came to safety protocol or properly training her volunteer staff. Unable or unwilling to handle her animals responsibly, Baskin then proceeded to cease with her cabin cat idea and public contact business and instead invent stories of abuse and rescue to exhibit her private collection of cats to the public for money. Baskin now advocates for passing laws against anyone…but Big Cat Rescue…owning the exotic animal of their choice.
It was after these many attacks and escapes that Baskin decided it was time to change the name of her self-proclaimed sanctuary from Wildlife on Easy Street to Big Cat Rescue. She then decreed that no one should be permitted to own or have physical contact with an exotic cat.
Wow Carole that is quite a list of real documented injuries don’t you think? Since I have copies of these reports and where you paid some of the people injured $10.00 to keep them from suing you, I would say you need to work on that transparency theory a bit more.