Dear Cause Members,
Despite the reference of public news Articles/BCR interviews stating "Big Cat Rescue's main goal is release the bobcats back into the wild once they have gone through an 18-month rehabilitation". http://bigcatrescue.org/my-fox-covers-bobcat-kittens-adopted-by-momma-cat/
FWC finds this claim Unfounded:
Big Cat Rescue (BCR) publicizes a standard 18 month Bobcat Rehab Program.
Despite Florida Animal Cruelty Law which includes every living dumb creature; the words "torture," "torment," and "cruelty" shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused.
FWC, State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, and the State Attorney declined to file any formal charges for animal cruelty stating that it was not in violation of this Florida Statute justifying the act stating the prey items (rabbits) are purchased from a facility/vendor that propagates these animals as consumptive food product.
Dear Linda Sue:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement has thoroughly reviewed your complaint into potential violations by Big Cat Rescue. The review determined that the allegations articulated about Big Cat Rescue in this complaint were unfounded. No violations were noted during the investigative inquiry and subsequent on-site inspection of the facility, please see the attached Inspection Form.
We appreciate your interest in captive wildlife in Florida.
The Petition for this Complaint -