Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: To protect these innocent creatures and to stop Joe Schreibvogel from continuing these mall-to-mall entertainment tours.
Big Cat Rescue Entertainment Group is a tiger and lion cub tour company that makes its profits by touring malls nationwide and charging people to pet the baby lions and tigers, as well as take pictures with them. This group is guilty of animal abuse, relaxed enforcement of laws pertaining to these cubs, improper handling and neglect.
Big Cat Rescue Entertainment Group breeds baby tigers and lions, removes them from their mothers shortly after being born, stashes them in a tour truck and carts them from mall to mall. This group has a laundry list of broken laws and poor decisions made to endanger the cubs that are on display, but recently the carelessness of the group has begun to prove to be a concern to the public. Just two months ago, in September of 2011, a 20-month old tiger bit a little boy because no one from the group was watching the cub.
A video has caught the group putting the touring cubs in jeopardizing situations. The baby lions and tigers were sick one day at a mall and had constant diarrhea, but they were not removed from their cages and taken to a safer area to be properly treated – their bottoms were being continuously wiped and rubbed raw until the cubs began to scream. Cubs are held improperly; in such a way that it impacts their breathing abilities. Also, the bright flashing of cameras at such early ages (sometimes these cubs are less than two weeks old) can lead to permanent partial blindness because their eyes are not yet fully developed.
A USDA policy states that contact with cubs is only allowed between eight and 12 weeks of age (because before eight weeks they have not yet received inoculants and are in danger of disease, and after 12 weeks the cubs can become dangerously aggressive.) However, Big Cat Rescue Entertainment Group handles and tours cubs between two and five weeks old, and much after 12 weeks.
Twenty-three of Big Cat Rescue Entertainment Group’s owner Joe Schreibvogel’s cubs died in 2010. He claims the deaths were a reaction to formula, but other companies had no such problems with the formula. The improper and unlawful treatment of their animals is unethical and alarming. An accredited sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida is currently suing this unreliable group for using their name. Please sign the petition below to help protect these innocent creatures and to stop Joe Schreibvogel from continuing these mall-to-mall entertainment tours.
Dear U.S. Congress,
Big Cat Rescue Entertainment Group is a company that breeds lion and tiger cubs, removes them from their mothers shortly after birth, and confines them to a tour truck where they cart these baby tigers and lions mall-to-mall to charge the public to pet and photograph the cubs. While doing so, this group greatly endangers the cubs and the public.
The many ways in which this group improperly handles their animals can lead to permanent partial blindness caused by cameras flashing at underdeveloped eyes, difficulty breathing caused by holding the cubs in the wrong way, and spreading of disease because they do not follow a USDA policy that restricts contact with cubs to eight to 12 weeks. Also, 23 of the group’s cubs died in 2010. Owner Joe Schreibvogel blames the formula, but no other group has had any sort of problem with the formula.
The public is also in harms way. In September of 2011 a 20-month-old cub bit a little boy because the cub was not being watched.
Please stop Joe Schreibvogel and his traveling group from continuing to cart around these mistreated cubs any longer.
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