Big Cat Rescue Formal USDA Complaint
August 2nd, 2010 - Formal complaint filed with the USDA against Big Cat Rescue
I spent most of the morning in a face-to-face meeting with a USDA inspector and an investigator. They advised me to file a new complaint in this manner. I have also learned that an inspector is living on site of the property named in this complaint.
Complaint Filed Against: Carole Baskin, Big Cat Rescue, Tampa FL
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A bob cat along with many others living on this site are forced to live housing below ground levels so when it rains they have no proper shelter from weather and must lay in water.
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Artificial housing is not cleaned or sanatized from alge or debris.
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Caging is not of structural strength to hold a lion, no ground support poles are anywhere and panels are only hog ringed together.
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Caging is not of structural strength to hold full grown tigers, No ground support poles are anywhere and panels are only hog ringed together. Catch pens are of 4x4 wire and are only hog ringed together during feeding.
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Caging is not of structural strength to hold full grown lioness, No ground support poles are anywhere and the panels are only hog ringed together. Catch pens are of 4x4 wire being fed from outside the cage by sticking hands in during feeding, and only hog ringed together.
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Water pans are in a small wire cage attached to the main cage with a hole cut out leaving sharp edges around where the animal must stick its head in to drink leaving it possible for injury to the animal. (all cages are like this)
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A black leopard is in a cage laying on a large rock with moss, debris, and dead grass and trees tangled in the wire making it impossible to disenfect, No shade is provided for this animal. Dead Christmas trees are stuck in the cage for enrichment which could cause injury to eyes, nose and mouth from sharp dead needles.
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Stacks of kennels are being used for some kind of decoration which are full of water, algea, and moss which grows bacteria and mesquito larve which can spread disease.
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A liger is living below grown level making it so when it rains has no shelter, and must lay in water inorder to get out of the weather. The cage is not structurally sound for this size of animal as there are no support poles and panels are hog ringed together.
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Peremiter fence is not keeping out stray cats from town, they are jumping over the wall and running throughout the site with no currant vaccinations, which can spread diseases among the caged animals.
Your attention as to why these violations that the rest of us are expected to be held to, would be appreciatated.
We are concerned as to why this has been allowed to continue for so long without being addressed and if infact an inspector is or has ever lived on site (as this would be a direct conflict of intrest).
These animals need help and there is no reason Big Cat Rescue should not be held to the same standards of the Animal Welfare Act that any other licensee is held to otherwise it looks as if there might be some money changing hands.
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