Hey, South African lion fan again. I wouldn’t have pointed out the subjects of canned hunts, the bush meat market or poisoning animals if they had been covered at the same rate you cover captive encounters on your blog. As it stands, I only see one post on canned hunts, which happens to be the single most destructive problem you Americans bring to our lions here. I don’t see much about how your watchers can be pro-active in legislation against the exotic pet trade or canned hunts in the states or other countries either. Legislation is what allows canned hunts and the close encounters which you so avidly preach against to continue. But I suppose you’re only doing an awareness blog, not a conservationist effort so issues beyond you first hand experience just aren’t as easy to cover as the pros and cons of a Steve Irwin wannabe.
I direct my followers and others to Big Cat Rescue regularly, one of the biggest organizations working towards the issues I speak out against. Petitions and templates to get legislation passed are easily accessible. I post links to petitions and different issues often, and I boost/sign petitions that people send me. I’ve had this blog for over a year with 2.5k+ posts, I doubt you went through enough to have any idea what I do and don’t do.
One of the biggest issues I speak out against is cub petting. Know what that industry feeds into? Canned hunts. Bush meat? Poaching. Which I speak out against also. (What are you even getting at with poisoning animals? I can bet not a single one of my followers thinks that poisoning animals is okay.)
None of these issues are singular or independent. They all tie into one another. Speak out against one and you are indirectly affecting several more.
To tell me I am not making any conservation efforts is laughable to the point I can’t even be offended. Education is one of the biggest components of conservation. And education is what I do. I spent over a year with Big Cat Rescue, the largest accredited sanctuary in the world for exotic cats, supporting them and caring for their cats. I have first hand experience exotic cat husbandry. I gave educational tours, and any tour I gave where 50% of the tour signed petitions against cub petting, travelling shows, ownership, etc, was considered a slow day for me. I’ve volunteered at multiple zoos, my current zoo being the best zoo in the country, leading countless conservation efforts around the world. I support that. I educate the public in that.
I have turned people away from supporting abusive practices locally and abroad, participated in efforts to remove exotic cat exhibitions from fairs or other venues, stop venues from holding cub petting displays, etc. So don’t tell me I’m “just blogging.” Because I damn well do a hell of a lot more than that. I live and breathe this. Not a day goes by where I don’t talk to people about these issues.
What do you do other than uncritically support Kevin?