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Who is Big Cat Rescue

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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?

Read the stories and click the links below to learn the real truths about BCR!   1 | 2 | 3  

The Chicken Massacre of 1999

Carole Lewis Baskin's heartless cruelty to animals is not limited to the killing of innocent domestic rabbits to be bled for making frozen bunny-blood popsicle treats for her cats. It is not limited to feeding live, friendly domestic rabbits to her wildcats to be ripped apart and devoured while her desensitized staff look on. Before the bloodsicle treats, before the chicksicle treats, before the live rats and trusting domestic rabbits being thrown to the wildcats...there was the chicken massacre of 1999. The staff tells the story this way.
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Big Cat Rescue is all About Getting Rich, Not Rescuing the Animals

See what Carole Lewis Baskin is REALLY about here: Getting Rich!
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Accredited Sanctuary or Tourist Attraction?

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, Florida, has long criticized the use exotic cats in any form of commercial activity, and refers to her own venue as a peaceful sanctuary for the cats in her care. A quick look at the commercial activities offered at Big Cat Rescue should put an end to any idea that Baskin's cats receive any real peace, day or night.
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Alledged Criminal History of Carole Lewis Baskin

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Tampa Florida's Big Cat Rescue, is proud of her organization's integrity. In fact, her website states that "Big Cat Rescue holds a high level of integrity in the public eye." Let's examine a few examples of Baskin own personal integrity.
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Animal Dealers & USDA Violations of The Animal Welfare Act

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa Florida, would like for you to believe that she began rescuing animals at her sanctuary in 1992. A USDA press release dated September 10, 1998, six years later, refers to her as an animal dealer with numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Baskin could not have been a rescue and an animal dealer at the same time, so let's look at what USDA, the agency overseeing the care of her animals, had to say.
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Big Cat Rescue: Animal Finder's Guide Ads

This is a published guide consisting mainly of classified ads allowing private owners of exotics to locate, buy, sell, and trade their  animals. In Carole Lewis Baskin's case, she also advertised for sale instructional books and videos on making house pets of exotic cats, which she personally wrote and produced. In addition, Baskin advertised her bed and breakfast where paying customers could rent a declawed exotic cat to sleep with them, putting both the cats and the customers at risk.
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Big Cat Rescue: The Big White (Tiger) Lie

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa Florida, is against the breeding of white tigers, a favorite of zoos across the country. On her website we learn that her only white tiger, Zabu was rescued along with her lion friend Cameron on May 3, 2004.
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Big Cat Rescue: Deceitful Cat Tales and Downright Lies

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida loves to tell you stories of the horror some of her rescued cats have endured at the hands of their abusive owners. 
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Bay News 9 Investigative Reporter Chris Hawes' expose on Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

In March of 2006 Bay News 9 Investigative Reporter Chris Hawes did an expose' on Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue. Hawes "combed through hundreds of pages of documents" to uncover this story. These are the some of the same documents the bigcatrecueslies.blogspot.com researchers now have at their disposal. Excerpts from these documents, Big Cat Rescue newsletters, website entries, and the TV interview, mixed with our comments, follow.
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UPDATE: Bay News 9 Investigative Report on Carole Lewis Baskin

In 2006 Carole Lewis Baskin told Bay News 9 investigative reporter Chris Hawes  that all the breeding stopped when husband Don Lewis disappeared in 1997, Baskin now, five years later, admitted to WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson that there have been no cats bought or bred in 10 years, or since 2001, as we have reported all along.
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Lynn Culver, Executive Director of the Feline Conservation Federation, Comments on the WTSP Channel 10 Report

In commenting on the WTSP Channel 10 report, Lynn Culver, Executive Director of the Feline Conservation Federation says "Carole lies to the donating public about the histories of her cats, accepts their generous donations, and uses the money not for animal care, but instead, spends it on exorbitant public relations campaigns, and legislative agendas that ingratiate Carole with the rich and powerful animal rights organizations. Carole is lying to her donor base, and she is taking money away from real sanctuaries, and the cats that really need public support."
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Big Cat Rescue: Boarding is Not Rescue

Carole Lewis Baskin's Big Cat Rescue is famous for it's tours. Day tours, night tours, kid's tours, feeding tours, keeper's tours, private tours, weddings, parties...anything to make a buck off exhibiting her collection of  now retired pets and breeders.
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Big Cat Rescue: Breeding Farm or Non Profit Sanctuary in 1999?

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida wants you to believe that she became a sanctuary to rescue exotic cats in 1992 with the purchase of her first bobcat, Windsong, who was then bred and her kittens sold through the Animal Finder's Guide. But newspaper reports from 1999...seven years later...tell a different story.
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Big Cat Rescue: Collectors or Rescue?

Carole Lewis Baskin CEO of Big Cat Rescue wants you to believe that she became a sanctuary rescuing abused and abandoned exotic cats in 1992. Let's examine an article from the St Petersburg Times written in 1995 by Lisa Frederick.
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Big Cat Rescue: Commercial Use and Public Contact

Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Florida is well known for criticizing fellow private owners for profiting commercially from exhibiting their exotic animals or permitting public contact with them. On March 17, 1998 the New York Post ran an article in their POST TRAVELER PLUS section titled "Sleeping in a Cat House".
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Big Cat Rescue: Facebook Deceptions and Bullshit

Carole continues to post her viewpoints on the BCR Facebook wall to deceive and bullshit the public into giving more and more money to her park.
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Auroara and The Changing Biographies of The Cats at Big Cat Rescue

Carole Lewis Baskin has been known to change the website biographies of her cats as she "evolves" and as conflicting information is exposed. One prime example is the tiger named Auroara who was born in February of 1996. Baskin traded money and a serval kitten for Auroara when she was a month old.
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The Changing Biographies of Hallelujah the Cougar

Carole Lewis Baskin has been known to change the website biographies of her cats as conflicting information is reported. For instance, when Chris Hawes, investigative reporter for Bay News 9 revealed in March of 2006 that the cats listed on the Big Cat Rescue website as "born into the pet trade" were actually born at Big Cat Rescue, their biographies changed. They then "came to Big Cat Rescue" with no further mention of being born into the pet trade. This is just one example of the lies and deceit that Baskin perpetrates on her thousands of unsuspecting donors.
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The Changing Biographies of Lola the Black Leopard

Carole Lewis Baskin has been known to change the website biographies of her cats as conflicting information is reported. Take for instance the black leopard known as Lola. The early WOES wildlife guide says Lola, born 03/01/1992 moved to Easy Street (now Big Cat Rescue) on 03/15/1995. "She (was) mated with Saber and they produced two wonderful cubs, Jumanji and Black Majik in February of 1996".
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Sundari's Changing Biography

When Chris Hawes, investigative reporter for Bay News 9 revealed in March of 2006 that the cats listed on the Big Cat Rescue website as "born into the pet trade" were actually born at Big Cat Rescue, their biographies changed. They then "came to Big Cat Rescue", or some similar terminology, with no further mention of being born into the pet trade. This is just one example of the lies and deceit that Baskin perpetrates on her 50,000 unsuspecting donors.
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The Strange Disappearance Of Don Lewis 1938-1997

Jack Donald Lewis, founder of Wildlife on Easy Street, now Big Cat Rescue, disappeared on August 18, 1997. On June 12, 1997, two months before Lewis went missing, he filed a domestic violence injunction against his wife, Carole Lewis (Baskin). Don was 60 and Carole 36, a 24 year age difference.
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Big Cat Rescue: No Room at the Inn?

E-mail correspondence from Carole Lewis Baskin "catching" herself in a lie. Here is where Carole, who couldn't get a cheetah for herself, tried to get one from someone who could.
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