bigcatawareness:

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?

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Anonymous: Hey there! I was wondering if you could tell me what cat rescue centers/wildlife centers that are good to be a volunteer at? Im not interested in supporting centers that arent doing any good for the species. I was going to go to South Africa to work as a volunteer there, but I didnt. My friend did though and the place turned out to be something different than what it turned out to be in the advert. Im scared of being lured into a place where im supporting things I dont want to support...

honeyswept:

panthxra:

honeyswept:

panthxra:

bigcatawareness:

I’m gonna answer this one too.  As far as big cats go, it’s generally good to avoid places that allow contact, have color morphs, breed, or do any sort of tourist programs that allow interactions.  I’m glad you didn’t do the one in South Africa, all of the ones i’ve seen there are seriously irresponsible.  

If you really want to go to south africa you should check out this sanctuary. They actively eduate about cub petting, canned hunts, and how they’re connected, and the problems with those infamous south african volunteer opportunities at pseudo-sanctuaries  that anon is talking about. Pretty great place from what i can tell!

My issue I see with Drakenstein Lion Park is their references to white lions as “rare” and that they are supported by the “Global White Lion Protection Trust”. Minor issue I thought to mention.

oh man i didn’t know that! i thought it was suspicious that on their adopt a lion page, they have all the background of each animal, but for some white lions they’re like “We cannot disclose any information about their origin at this time as such disclosure may affect plans to relocate other lions to our sanctuary.” and “Due to the highly sensitive nature of her relocation to us, as well as legal restrictions, we cannot disclose any details regarding their origin.”
idk why they would need to say those things… but they also say “Drakenstein Lion Park’s white lions will not be used for commercial breeding; they have found sanctuary with us.” so idk i’m iffy on it now…

That just jumps me straight to thinking those white lions might end up with the Trust. They have white lion cubs apparently at Drakenstein and I think the Trust did want more… I don’t want to think the worst, but it might be a possibility.

ugh man…i hate to jump to conclusions without any solid evidence, but this is really suspicious. i mean they seem like a great place with their education and all, but this man…idk…….

ikriten: I was curious, since you seem to have a good pool of knowledge under your belt. Is T.I.G.E.R.S a good place to work at? Or do they really not take care of their animals like they should? I was also curious as to whether or not you were against all conservations, do you support any? (Not trying to be rude, I'm asking to see if you actually have any good recommendations) I suppose I'm also asking this due to the fact that tigers are being hunted and are close to extinction in the wild.

t.i.g.e.r.s. is a terrible place and their work is no where near conservation. they breed ligers, liligers, white ligers, and they breed every tiger color morph under the sun. they also have pay-to-play schemes. so yeah no terrible place. badbadbad. i am not against conservation at all! conservation is a great thing humans thought of after we realized we’ve pretty much fucked up the earth and its inhabitants. but real conservation is what i support, not this fake shit. breeding hybrids is not conservation as hybrids aren’t natural and they often have health problems and defects. color morphs are all recessive, which means can only be shown through inbreeding—not conservation.

aza accredited zoos are pretty much centered around conservation. good organizations include wwf, panthera, tiger time, sumatran tiger trust, alta—amur leopard and tiger alliance, save tigers now, and care for the wild to name a few!

Anonymous: Hey there! I was wondering if you could tell me what cat rescue centers/wildlife centers that are good to be a volunteer at? Im not interested in supporting centers that arent doing any good for the species. I was going to go to South Africa to work as a volunteer there, but I didnt. My friend did though and the place turned out to be something different than what it turned out to be in the advert. Im scared of being lured into a place where im supporting things I dont want to support...

honeyswept:

panthxra:

bigcatawareness:

I’m gonna answer this one too.  As far as big cats go, it’s generally good to avoid places that allow contact, have color morphs, breed, or do any sort of tourist programs that allow interactions.  I’m glad you didn’t do the one in South Africa, all of the ones i’ve seen there are seriously irresponsible.  

If you really want to go to south africa you should check out this sanctuary. They actively eduate about cub petting, canned hunts, and how they’re connected, and the problems with those infamous south african volunteer opportunities at pseudo-sanctuaries  that anon is talking about. Pretty great place from what i can tell!

My issue I see with Drakenstein Lion Park is their references to white lions as “rare” and that they are supported by the “Global White Lion Protection Trust”. Minor issue I thought to mention.

oh man i didn’t know that! i thought it was suspicious that on their adopt a lion page, they have all the background of each animal, but for some white lions they’re like “We cannot disclose any information about their origin at this time as such disclosure may affect plans to relocate other lions to our sanctuary.” and “Due to the highly sensitive nature of her relocation to us, as well as legal restrictions, we cannot disclose any details regarding their origin.”
idk why they would need to say those things… but they also say “Drakenstein Lion Park’s white lions will not be used for commercial breeding; they have found sanctuary with us.” so idk i’m iffy on it now…

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So the whole world hates Sea World, but no one thinks of this…

zoovethopeful:

futureexoticvet:

I think the whole world would agree that it is really freaking hard to become a zoo keeper, right?  It’s competitive and you don’t make a lot of money, so the only ones who make it to the end are the ones that really care.  Soooo: if all the keepers around the world really, truly care about their animals, why would they continue to work at Sea World if it’s that bad???? Why is everyone listening to PETA, who has probably never been behind the scenes at Sea World, while they refuse to listen to the keepers who actually do 100% of the work????

Why would people work at bad, irresponsible places? Why do people work and at T.I.G.E.R.S.? Why do people work at Tiger Temple? Why do people work at any exploitative facility? One of two reasons: 1) they don’t know it’s actually a bad place, or 2) they don’t care, they just want to get close to the animals and ~live their dream~. 

SeaWorld is basically a circus for cetaceans. Think about it: wild animals forced to do and endure unnatural behaviors in front of cheering crowds…it’s the same thing. Why do people continue to work at and attend circuses even though the truth has come out long ago? Animals in the circus suffer psychological problems due to the lack of enrichment; so do cetaceans in captivity. Animals in the circus pace inside their tiny cages; cetaceans sit in a corner of their tiny pools and/or bang their heads against the wall out of boredom and lack of enrichment. There are parallels between captive cetaceans and animal circuses that are being ignored here. 

You can’t always trust the people who are behind the scenes, though. People lie; facilities lie. Look at Australia zoo: it hides behind the guise of conservation, yet is riddled with exploitation. Tiger Temple does this as well. Oh, and T.I.G.E.R.S. does too. Sound familiar? *cough* SeaWorld. I’m not a PETA supporter, but I’m not a cetacean circus supporter either. You don’t need to work behind the scenes at a facility to know if it’s a bad place that shouldn’t be supported.

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