Big Cat Rescue feeds live rabbits to some of their captive cats on a regular basis. Several rabbit rescues and other animal welfare agencies are urging the public to sign petitions against the policy they describe as cruel and inhumane.
Big Cat Rescue, located in Tampa Florida, is a refuge for former circus animals and other large felines, including tigers, leopards, panthers and bobcats and. In a statement currently published on their website, Carole Baskin, CEO of the organization, admits that their policy of feeding life rabbits to some of their cats has not been discontinued despite complaints.
The argument can be made that it is natural for bobcats in the wild to kill and devour wild rabbits, but why does this require that bobcats in captivity be fed domestic rabbits? Why not feed them live puppies and kittens, which they may sometimes kill in the wild? Why not children?
A statement by the Gainsville, FL rabbit rescue group said, “…it is cruel to put a defenseless bunny through this kind of torture. Please help us by writing to their CEO and the Humane Society as this cruel practice needs to stop!”
Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue is: Carole Baskin, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa, Florida 33625, firstname.lastname@example.org; The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607 813-876-7138 Animal abuse or complaint line – Hillsborough County Animal Services (813) 744-5660.
Petitions against Big Cat Rescue are online at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-big-cat-rescue/ and http://www.causes.com/actions/1710815-bcr-tampa-killing-more-helpless-domestic-rabbits
The complete statement by Ms. Baskin defending their practice is at http://bigcatrescue.org/feeding-rabbits-to-bobcats-at-big-cat-rescue/
Photo: Big Cat Rescue image from video