UPDATE/ALERT-Zoo Wars-The Biggest Sanctuary SCAMMERS in History (part 2)
Since my last post exposing the fraudulent sanctuary SCAMS-‘Zoo Wars-The Biggest Sanctuary SCAMMERS in History” (link provided below), I have received comments that I wouldn’t publish and threats calling me a liar (see the comments at the link below) however, everything posted on this blog is based on my opinion and the opinions of others. I promised that I will be posting their actual SCAMs under the ‘color of rescue’ and to update…This is an extension of the post and an update to the previous post.
Fake claims of exotic animal rescues are generated by sanctuaries for emotionally generated support and funds. They have manipulated emotionally generated laws in this country in numerous states so that private exotic animal ownership will be banned or with near impossible conditions to create unlawful and un-constitutional laws against your God-given rights and your Civil Liberties granted to you by state and the US Constitutions. Carole Baskin, ceo-Big Cat Rescue (BCR) has been engaged for a number of years to have federal laws change using money donated for animal care to lobby and advertise the bills under the ‘guise of a public safety issue’ however the Big Cat Safety Act is a misnomer and has nothing to do with public safety issues. There is currently another attempt to change USDA/APHIS regulations that would essentially do the same thing although outside it’s duty for Animal Welfare as no animal or human is endangered by allowing the general public to come in contact with young animals which is already regulated that it must be done in a safe manner for both the animals safety and the safety of the general public; the current regulations have proven itself sufficient.
Most sanctuaries were created for the general public to support their private exotic animal ownership collections/hoarding thru donations rather than going to work to support their animals and the needs of their facility that they claim is for the care of rescued animals (animals they receive for FREE). Several examples are Big Cat Rescue (BCR)-Carole Baskin-ceo, Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue (WBCR)-convicted felon, Jeff Kozlowski-ceo living off the proceeds obtained thru donations, In-Sync Wildlife Rescue, Lions, Tigers and Bears-Bobbi Brinks-ceo, Black Beauty Ranch associated directly with HSUS/GFAS, Forever Wild- Joel and Chemain Almquist-ceos, The Wild Animal Sanctuary-Pat Craig, ceo, Black Pines-Laurie Gagens-ceo and of course, Turpentine Creek Wildlife (TCW)-Tonya Smith-ceo, just to name a few of the massive number of sanctuaries in this country claiming to have rescued animals.
These very same sanctuaries (and others) who will paint horrible descriptions of private exotic animal owners although most private owners offer better conditions than these sanctuaries. All sanctuaries claim to be providing a superior life for the animals. All but three of the above named sanctuaries are in association with HSUS/GFAS. All pleas for donations for one reason or another and using their ‘so-called-rescues’ to paint horrible pictures of OTHER exotic animal owners. ALL exotic animal owners are considered private owners no matter who owns them; including these sanctuaries as well as all zoos.
ALL of the sanctuaries named above and numerous others, are considered a BUSINESS; licensed as any exhibitor by the USDA/APHIS for the purpose of collecting a fee to be open to the public; just as they and any roadside zoo are required to meet the same conditions as ALL zoos including AZA and AAZ zoos.
Most sanctuaries (including those named) are keeping animals in sub-standard conditions and getting a free pass from the licensing regulations of the their USDA/APHIS permit although not revealed in the USDA/APHIS inspection, compliance reports; giving reason to question the integrity of the inspectors and the especially the licensing government agency. ALL the named sanctuaries have been previously mentioned in this blog for one reason or another making them and others the subject of the topic of the Biggest Sanctuary SCAMMERS in History updates.
ALL the sanctuaries named and those un-named are considered ‘professional beggars’ with pleas for donations ‘under the guise of rescue’ and rather than tell the truth about the animals and/or their previous owners, perpetrate lies to SCAM the general public for donations. Most have plenty of money in reserve yet continue to SCAM the public for more funding. Please note: Big Cat Rescue has over 4 Million dollars in reserve-Carole Baskin and all family member receive above average salaries; receive free food and vet care for the animals. Carole Baskin’s daughter, Jamie, is the manager of the facility and her husband is the vet of record-How convenient…
Just because a business has obtained an IRS Not-for-Profit (NFP) status which means they are NOT paying any tax does not make them any different than a business that is not NFP and who are willing to pay tax. Some (likely ALL) NFP sanctuaries are neglecting to pay state sales tax on fees collected to enter their facilities and/or items they sell in their gift shops and Internet sales and therefore contributing no funds to their home states.
The ethics of some of the above named sanctuaries have some of the most sickening pleas for donations which came from Pat Craig stating he will put down all the animals at his facility if he does not receive more donations. Carole Baskin has the highest death rate of any of the facilities with several dying the last couple of months leaving cages empty and lusting for more rescued animals to fill the space.
Running short on time; not all the above facilities ethics will be contained in this post but will be in future posts along with some the other un-named facilities. Anything new from the facilities mentioned will also be updated to fully expose the SCAMS perpetrated on the general public.
Sanctuaries lack ETHICS in what they say and do for the purpose of collecting animals for their facility for the soul purpose of obtaining donations. Animals being necessary to promote their facility. Let’s take a closer look:
Forever Wild refuses to return 3 monkeys taken from a disable woman who needed her monkeys as service animals and companionship and the legal and rightful owner of the monkeys. Joel Almquest attacked her with pepper spray in her face during a squabble about the animals.
She not only was arrested but ended up with a broken arm from the incident over her concern for how her animals were being cared for. Of course she was arrested as the Almquist’s are associated with local law enforcement officers in the area even though her never laid a hand on her attacker.
By law, ADA law in this instance, for persons with disabilities, are not required to obtain a permit for small primates used as service animals and/or companions although the reason law enforcement officers of the state seized her animals.
Of course Almquist was delighted to receive these monkeys; FREE of charge, of course and placed them in a sub-standard cage (information that was provided to me and it’s been a number of years since I was at this facility. No pictures have ever been provided to debunk the claim) the seized animas are on display.
There is a case still pending against the state of California although it has been well over a year since the animals were seized. Joel Almquist does not have a required license to have the monkeys nor the required knowledge and education to be permitted by the state of CA, yet was allowed and continues to house those monkeys at his facility. This is rather hypocritical for California Wildlife Enforcement to not admit their error and has never ordered the return of these animals to their owner. Almquist stated that he would rather kill the animals than to return them to their owner.
Forever Wild is a sanctuary in California who was a private exotic animal collector/owner before deciding to obtain NFP status to have his collection supported by the general public.
Black Pine Sanctuary-Laurie Gagen, ceo is another NFP sanctuary who happily excepted a coadimundi and a monkey earlier this year that were seized due to an extenuating circumstance and seized by animal control in Michigan.
There was never a hearing concerning ownership of the animals seized. Michigan cruelty law is set up so that if an animal owner is accused, then he is considered guilty, no matter the type of animal. The judge in this particular case stated that he did not believe the legal and rightful owners had been intentionally cruel to the animals.
The animal control officer placed ownership of the animals at various facilities including taking the fresh water fish from there tank to a retail pet store that sells fish. Even the pet shop slandered the conditions for which the were taken although he never saw the animals until they were delivered to his shop to know the conditions from which the fish (FISH!!!) were taken or the removal of the fish from the tank that they were in.
An animal control officer, by sate and US Constitution, is not allowed to seize and freely give away private property and must be a decision in a civil court of law. Laurie Gagen produces a FB page for Black Pine and proceeded to slander the owners of the animals to justify becoming their new owner and to collect donations.
This is a case of civil asset forfeiture that never went to a proper court of law to determine ownership. US citizens are protected from civil liberty abuse however not in Michigan and certainly not respected by Laurie Gagen of Black Pines who happily accepted these very valuable animals for FREE and were taken out of Michigan across state lines to Indiana.
The sugar gliders were given to a sugar glider breeder and the wallabies including albino were given to Brookline Zoo. An inexperienced zoo vet at Brookline disputed the owners experienced private exotic vet obtained by the owner. The owners of the animals were forced to plea guilty and put on probation yet guilty of no crime beyond being the owners of the animals.
Carole Baskin owner and ceo of Big Cat Rescue (BCR) is maybe the most hated private owner in the United States. She, the facility, as well as the situation concerning Baskin’s missing husband who was declared dead although no body has ever been produced; doesn’t seem to know the truth from the lies she has perpetuated on the public on just about anything related to the facility, animals, and regulations.
People magazine referred to her as a ‘Black Widow’ inheriting a small fortune, home and the facility and the animal where she and her husband, Don Lewis, had been collecting a large collection of animals, breeding and selling or hoarding animals, and buying and selling animals. Carole Baskin’s personal goal was to have the largest collection of all species of exotic cats was changed to control all exotic cat ownership. with the creation of illegal and unconstitutional laws; Carole Baskin had a 20 year plan.
Baskin has the market covered from events to collect donations to the lies she tells to collect funds. I can only imagine Baskin collecting money from the tills, riding her bike up to her home where she sits counting and playing with the money she collects.
This blog has discussed Carole Baskin and Big Cat Rescue extensively. Presidential Candidate, Joe Exotic, is at odds with Carole Baskin. 911animalabuse.org exposes Carole Baskin. A rather new on the scene blogger dedicated to exposing Carole Baskin is BCR Watch which is a website and FB group. For more information on BCR go to those sites and/or search the archives of this blog.
from BCR Watch:
“It turns out that Big Cat Rescue will be getting four tigers from Serenity Springs Wildlife Center. https://bigcatrescue.org/oct-18-2016/
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge purchased Serenity Springs making them the new owners and in charge of the facility. So could it be said that Big Cat Rescue will be “rescuing” the tigers from the owners of Turpentine Creek?”
Blogger’s note: Let the cat fight begin over the claim of who is rescuing the Serenity Springs tigers now owned by TCW therefore, BCR is rescuing TCW cats because they are no longer owned by Nick Sculac due to the sale of Serenity Springs and TCW is now the new owner.
TCW vs BCR over the claim of ‘rescue’ Ding-Ding-Ding I can hardly wait to see them scraping it out on their FB walls and already I imagine Smith is fuming over that shot for donations as the new owner of Serenity Springs.
Just in from BCR Watch of interest concerning Pet Partners yearly give away: https://www.facebook.com/BCRWatch/posts/1821251684777984?notif_t=notify_me_page¬if_id=147716046793179
Taking Money from Needy Charities
excerpt- “There is a cloud of suspicion surrounding Big Cat Rescue’s sudden surge in votes. Many people, including Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, are questioning whether or not Big Cat Rescue somehow won through the use of underhanded tactics that are against the competition’s rules.” -follow the link for the entire article
See the link provided above for more on Turpentine Creek Wildlife-Tonya Smith-ceo. I can hardly believe that a facility buys another facility and calls it a rescue. Considering the claim of rescue began after providing Serenity Springs with a down payment for the property, signing a contract and took ownership of the animals although the proper paperwork to transfer ownership had not been completed. Tonya Smith assumed ownership and subjected the animals to acts of deliberate animal abuse and cruelty of her newly owned animals. I assume she is referring to rescuing her own animals in her posts where she slandered the previous owner but now screaming about the animals that she agreed to provide continued care for yet it was her inexperienced vet who cut the eyes of 2 aging tigers https://www.gofundme.com/save-serenity-springs-2vjdqk8k To view the Serenity Springs video at this go fund me link. Those cats are amazing.
“After being diagnosed with cancer, Nick Sculac, made the heartbreaking decision to sell the facility in order to give the cats a forever home in the case of his death should he die from his fight with cancer. Nick has dedicated his life to these animals and wanted nothing but the best for them. He promised to give them a home to live out their lives and in selling the facility he had hoped that his promise would live on.”
“Shortly after signing over the facility his promise and dreams for the cats was destroyed. Now he is fighting to keep his promise to those animals and needs all the help he can get in this fight. He is up against legal fees to do so and outstanding veterinarian bills.”
See link of Interest (above) for more on the closing of Serenity Springs and what has become of the animals as the Internet has blown up with all sorts of stories…Created by Tonya Smith of TCW.
Relatively new to me amongst exotic animal rescue scene is Tigers, Lions and Bears-Bobbi Brinks-ceo who is in collusion with the Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). Thousands of taxpayer dollars have been wasted paying Bobbi Brinks for transporting animals out of Ohio following animal seizure by armed robbers of the state or forcing private owners to surrender their animals due to the creation of new regulations promoted by the governor, Jack Hanna, Carole Baskin, Tippi Hedrin and many others all seeking more animals to hoard and use for the collection of donations with millions already in reserve.
from Presidential Candidate Joe Exotic of The Gerald Wayne Interactive Exotic Zoological Park; whose slogan is “Let’s Make America Exotic Again”:
“The Nonprofit Animal scams are one of the worst out there, with the 1/4 million dollar contract from Ohio, billing to go pick up animals, driving a 200 thousand dollar rig and they need help paying for a bobcat surgery? Lions Tigers and Bears at it again.
Fucking Crazy how our government lets this continue.
If this was this park raising money we would be accused of not being able to provide adequate care for the animals $$$$$”
Note: Most vets charge a $100 for tooth extraction.
Incidentally, Serenity Springs came complete with it’s own sterile fully equipped veterinary hospital. TCW brought their vets from Louisiana even though not licensed in the state of Colorado, to do veterinary procedures.
All the above sanctuaries and others are known for bilking the general public for donations based on lies and/or a stretch of the truth. Many of these places work along with vegan based Fanatical Animal Rights Terrorists (F.A.R.T.) Organizations, HSUS/GFAS/PETA and others, and pay to play to become associates so they appear as an ‘accredited facility’ for pleas for funds found directly on their sites and/or Ads placed on FB, on their social media walls, their websites, and possibly signage at the facilities and flyers that are given out at the facility or at tourist information guides.
Neither HSUS/GFAS/PETA or any other private organization are a government accrediting agency qualified to provide accreditation, frankly, there is no agency qualified to accredit any facility, yet facilities associated with GFAS are exempt from many state laws in several states and all claim to be accredited.
No law can be created requiring a membership with private associations. GFAS has members and verified member associates. No law states ‘verified’ member or ‘accredited associates’. Anyone wishing to join GFAS and meets their bare minimum requirements and willing to pay a rather large fee to join, can become an associate. No facility should be considered exempt from the law, such as the newly created Ohio regulations. This demonstrates violations with state and federal laws in place to prevent corruption and a violation with the Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act (AETA).
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That’s all for this update but more to come to explain and expose instances of UN-ETHICAL practices of FRAUD that exists on the rescue world of exotic animals for money.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned and watch for the updates and more about the destruction of American Animal Culture -B