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Big Hollywood, Meet Big Cat Rescue!

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Don’t you just love big cats? They look so soft and cuddly, they make you just want to take one home with you! Well, that is not the smartest idea as many people have discovered because these creatures are, in fact, wild animals. They need a proper habitat and also need the freedom to do as nature intended. However, there are many people that feel they know everything and will buy these creatures only to dump them in a public park when they get to be too much to handle. Some will even “drop them off” to what appears to be a private wildlife sanctuary only to have the animals caged and even sold for their hides and parts used for pet food. The zoos are no solution because once the cubs are no longer babies, they are not deemed valuable because the public only wants to see babies. So, what exactly happens to these creatures when they get big? There is very little legal protection for these animals. However, there is one organization that has been fighting to change the laws to help protect the animals and also to help protect people from having access to these animals! Did you know that there are more tigers in backyard cages in the U.S. than tigers that are left in the wild? In the U.S., there are more incidents of killings, maulings and escapes by big cats than the rest of the world! This is interesting because Americans only account for 4% of the global population. In this segment of The Organic View, Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue (http://www.bigcatrescue.org), will my guest to talk about the exploitation of these animals in America. Big Cat Rescue, is the world's largest accredited sanctuary that is devoted entirely to exotic cats, such as lions, tigers, leopards and bobcats. She will also talk about how Hollywood has been profiting from the heinous treatment of these creatures. If you want to find out what you can do to end this multi-million dollar trade that results in so much abuse and abandonment, stay tuned!

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