Please sign the Petition Asking FWCC to Stop Condoning this unnecessary barbaric animal cruelty.
LISTEN to Big Cat Rescue on the Talking Animals Radio Show stating that there are currently 2 bobcats being "Taught" to hunt at their facility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUWBR8CM6Ho
BCR not only continues this barbaric practice but teaches it to Interns and the public as needed and accepted behavior claiming wild predators require humans to teach them their natural born killing instincts or they will die. Factual research tells bobcats are fierce killers equipped to kill animals as large as a deer; as well as feed off of dead carrion, a survivalist and down right scavenger that maintains natural born hunting skills (just like a domesticated cat does) that is hard wired into it.
From 1997-2000 BCR did not live feed rabbits to rehabbing bobcats, in fact, below is an article about a very young bobcat that was successfully released at their facility. It is understood this bobcat lived in the back of the property and was released in October 1999 after being in captivity for 4 months. His diet was exactly like the other cats which consisted of chicken and meat (animals already killed for the human food chain). The rehabber fed him by teasing him with a piece of chicken tied to a rope to watch him hunt and pounce. (The same rehab protocol other Ethical Rehabs use to raise and release bobcats).
The BCR article reads this was BCR's second successful release that year. Were the bobcats released in this time frame micro-chipped and monitored, were they found dead from the lack of ability to hunt? If so is this study available to the public? http://bigcatrescue.org/2011/a-baby-bobcat-named-faith
Carole Baskin of BCR claims "people should not own exotic animals because they are dangerous to the public; even when bred and live in captivity because these are wild animals with wild instincts that will never be lost". Carole also claims "the simple fact is no wild species of cat makes a good "pet" no matter what you do to try and tame them they will still have their wild instincts and always be unpredictable and dangerous" that it is pure instinct for predators (cats) to attack children, other pets, or anyone whose back is turned. BCR posts "facts" about Savannah cats and how environmentalists fear they retain the strong hunting instincts of their African ancestors and could interbreed with millions of feral cats already in Australia, which have wrought havoc on the country's indigenous wildlife.
However, at the same time it is claimed by BCR they need to Teach this same "Natural killing Instinct" to the natural born predators ( bobcats) BCR portrays to rehab.
BCR would like Rabbit Advocates to be their supporters; please Call Big Cat Rescue Tampa and respectfully ask them to update their rehab education and join with the Ethical Wildlife facilities who successfully raise, rehab and release bobcats without sacrificing any live animal, because we Rabbit Advocates would like to support BCR but we just can't let the torture and killing of innocent animals go.
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, READ MORE HERE: http://causes.worldpeacemeet.com/stoplivefeeds/bcr-cause-alert/