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Straight from their website...
"Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Our dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction."

But are they?

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The Lies, Deceit & Fraud Behind Big Cat Rescue

What Constitutes Fraud? The many lies, deceit and fraud that Carole Baskin and Big Cat Rescue willingly, without conscious, use to gain trust and money from donors.

The Violent Nature of Carole Lewis Baskin

Much has been said about the fact that Baskin's missing millionaire husband, Don Lewis, filed for an Order of Protection from her just weeks before he disappeared. But Don Lewis isn't the only grown man who feared that Carole Lewis Baskin might take his life. On October 18, 2002, with Carole Lewis Baskin's second husband still missing, her live-in lover Jay C. Baykal also petitioned the court for an injunction for protection against domestic violence.

26 USDA Violations and Endless Exploitation

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida, wants you to believe that she began rescuing cats and providing them a better home in 1992. Lets look at excerpts from stories run by The St. Pete Times in 1998, six years after she claims she became a sanctuary, to discover the truth behind this claim.

What Does Big Cat Rescue do with Twenty Dead Exotic Cats?

On January 16th, 2006 Carole Lewis Baskin was seen at a taxidermist in Bushnell, Florida unloading "20 some" dead exotic cats. According to the taxidermist, Bo Reed, those cats salvageable were there to be skinned for their fur. This leads us to many questions. How did these "20 some" cats die? Were their deaths reported to the FWC or the USDA? Isn't "20 some" a rather large number of cats to have die? When her USDA inspector was questioned she said she never saw these dead cats and had no idea where they had been stored.

The Real Stories of Big Cat Rescue's Cats

Carole Lewis Baskin, the CEO and marketing genius behind Tampa's Big Cat Rescue has come up with a new idea for her Facebook page. Each day she is introducing us to a new resident of Big Cat Rescue. By clicking on the 'cat of the day' you are taken to it's biography page, with the ever present donation plea to 'help feed this cat'. This reporter's question is, why would unsuspecting donors be asked or expected to feed cats that Carole Lewis Baskin bought or bred to stock her self-proclaimed sanctuary?

Profile Traits of a Sociopath

From the internet: Some of the common descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths. See how this description fits Carole Baskin so well. Here is a list of proven traits of a sociopath and then those traits which are openly displayed.

Big Cat Rescue: Numbers Don't Lie

Carole Lewis Baskin claims that she became a sanctuary and began rescuing exotic cats when she bought her first bobcat in 1992. At other times she claims her sanctuary began in 1993 with the "rescue" of 56 bobcat kittens that she bought and then resold or bred. USDA Acquisition records show that in one three year time period between 1993 through 1995, Baskin bought 50 cats, sold 40, had 20 kittens born and had two illegally purchased leopards confiscated. Baskin also had many of her pet cats declawed. In 1995 Baskin then incorporated as a breeder. We have those original incorporation papers.

The Snow Leopards of Big Cat Rescue & Their Changing Biographies

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue changes the biographies of her exotic cats as she 'evolves' and as the true stories emerge. Let's look at the bios on the snow leopards printed in Baskin's Wildlife on Easy Street's Safari Guide. As most of you know, Wildlife on Easy Street is the former name of Big Cat Rescue.

Carole Baskin's Six Non-Profits and One For-Profit

Why would Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, need six non-profits and one for profit? The only clue we can find regarding all these non-profits is a brief note in Carole's daily notes on 04/15/2001 that reads, "...applied for tax free status on Return to Eden and Wildlife on Easy Street so that neither have to pay property tax, nor sales and use tax." Could it have something to do with saving or hiding money?

The Seedy Saga of Don and Carole

At 15, Don Lewis was a bag boy at the A&P grocery. He winked at 12 year old Gladys Cross and two years later they were married. They had four children together, three daughters and an adopted son. At 15, Carole Stairs was a teenage run-a-way, and some say, prostitute. While still a teen, she married her first husband, Mike Murdock. Theirs was a rocky relationship which resulted in the birth of one daughter.

Big Cat Attacks at Big Cat Rescue

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Tampa Florida's Big Cat Rescue, loves to report on statistics of big cat attacks. Baskin has one of the worst records of exotic cat attacks and escapes in the state of Florida, if not the country, although most were kept quiet and none are ever reported on her website where she so smugly posts accidents occurring at other facilities.

Real Mission: Breeding and Socialization, Not the Rescue They Claim

Although Baskin insists BCR began as a rescue in 1992, view the 1995 articles of incorporation showing her real mission was breeding and socialization.  You do not rescue cats to breed them.

Big Cat Rescue: The Phony Fur Farm Rescue of 1993

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida can't seem to make up her mind. In some articles she says she became a rescue in 1992 when she bought her first bobcat at an auction which then became a pet and breeder. In still others she says her sanctuary began in 1993 with the now legendary "rescue" of 56 bobcat kittens, which were then sold as pets or used as breeders. Let's take a closer look at this phony fur farm rescue; the birth of Baskin's Big Cat Rescue.

Feline Conservation Federation Comments on Big Cat Rescue

Carole Baskin would like to forget that she once bred exotic big cats and sold them as house pets. She would like everyone else to forget that her husband disappeared mysteriously 10 years ago, leaving her a rich woman. She would rather that everyone thought of her the way she sees herself: a crusader for animal rights who believes no one should own a wild cat. Not a zoo. Not a sanctuary. Not even herself. But to many who live and breathe exotic animals, Baskin is a hypocrite.

Confusion: No Room To Rescue, Or Four Empty Enclosures?

The volunteers at Tampa Florida's Big Cat Rescue have access to a website just for them where CEO Carole Lewis Baskin keeps them updated on such subjects as why they don't rescue more cats. One of Baskin's very confused volunteers forwarded this website to us. On February 3, 2011 Baskin says, "One of the questions we are asked most often is: Can we rescue more cats"? Then Baskin goes on to give reasons why they prefer to take only small cats.

Enya: Bred as a "Cabin Cub" for Carole Baskin's Bed & Breakfast Business

Enya was bred as a "Cabin Cub" for Baskin's Bed & Breakfast business; a business she ran while claiming to be a rescue/sanctuary. All of her cabin cubs were declawed for this purpose. Note that they describe the 148 cats as her growing collection of 17 different species. There was no claim that Baskin's collection of cats were "rescues", and the ones who haven't died are still there today, assigned horror stories of abuse and abandonment or labeled "victims of the pet trade".  Pay attention to the end of the program where Stone Phillips talks about Baskin's numerous USDA violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which Baskin predictably denies.

The Needless Slaughter of Domestic Bunnies at Big Cat Rescue

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Tampa's Big Cat Rescue has managed to anger animal lovers all over the world. This time it has nothing to do with the lies, deceit, and fraud committed daily at Big Cat Rescue.

Jumanji the Black Leopard is Adopted

Carole Lewis Baskin changes the online biographies of the cats at Big Cat Rescue in order to deceive the public into supporting or "adopting" cats that were bought, bred or born at Big Cat Rescue. The true stories of these cats are often omitted or altered to make it appear that these cats were actually "rescued" by Carole Lewis Baskin . One prime example is the story of Jumanji the black leopard.

Original Articles of Incorporation for Wildlife on Easy Street, aka Big Cat Rescue

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Tampa Florida's Big Cat Rescue, wants you to believe that she became a sanctuary for the purpose of rescuing exotic cats in 1992. Let's examine the facts. On March 30th, 1995, Carole Lewis Baskin applied to incorporate under the name Wildlife on Easy Street, now known as Big Cat Rescue. Baskin listed the address as 1802 Easy Street and states the directors are elected or appointed by majority vote.

Exotic Cats as Housepets, Carole Baskin Writes the Book

Carole Stairs Murdock Lewis Baskin CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida, literally wrote the book on making pets out of exotic cats. The introduction to her book tells us, "Exotic Cats as Housepets by Carole Stairs Lewis (Baskin) A practical guide to the keeping of wild cats, everything from lions and tigers to Margays and Geofray's Cat. Although aimed at the private keeper; many zoos and veterinarians would profit from reading it." 


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