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Who was this beautiful tabby? I drove to work today because I have an appointment with the the creative team at the mall about the space they are giving us. I saw a cat in the road on Northbridge, so I pulled over to pick him up. As I was digging around to find a bag and gloves (I carry for this specific purpose) I see a woman pull over on the othe…
 
Volunteer Appreciation Party Feb 2019 This was an image from the Big Cat Briefing that I do daily for our Alexa app and for our website. Mary Lou Geis is talking with Howie and she’s most senior volunteer. She’s been here 20 years. This was the first party that was planned and hosted by our new Volunteer Appreciation Team. Judging by the smiles and…
 
How Many Big Cats in the U.S.? In 2004 USDA published the first ever census of tigers in USDA facilities. This did not include pets, and it was only tigers. In 2004 there were 4,845 tigers in 666 USDA facilities. USDA never published another census, so from 2004 until 2019 the only way we could update the numbers was based on news stories where a c…
 
Howie responded: I appreciate your frankness and I will return in kind. While I did take a liking to you in the course of your visit, the reason I said I would likely hate your story is based on two things. We have on occasion had media come to us claiming they wanted to "expose" some bad guy and then wright pieces that the bad guy would happily pa…
 
It was great meeting with you at Synapse. I'd love to introduce you to the 59 lions, tigers and other wild cats who call Big Cat Rescue home, any time you are in the area. I wonder if there is some collaboration possible with your students? I'm looking for AR 3D modelers and though I can't pay a lot, we have 2.5 million Facebook fans and over 700,0…
 
Clifton Strength Finders Results 1. Belief EXECUTINGPeople exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives. 2. Futuristic STRATEGIC THINKINGPeople exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They en…
 
But I’m exhausted. Today the other half of my mouth had LANAP and it was less painful today, for a number of reasons, but it still wiped me out. I sat on Ben T. Davis Beach for 3 hours trying to re-center myself, but had to be home for a webinar on our data management tool. We are upgrading, and it’s going to be great, but it was really hard to foc…
 
Hi, I’m Carole Baskin and I’ve been writing my story since I was able to write, but when the media goes to share it, they only choose the parts that fit their idea of what will generate views. These are my views and opinions. If I'm going to share my story, it should be the whole story. The titles are the dates things happened. If you have any inte…
 
2019-01-16 Carole Baskin's Diary Hi, I’m Carole Baskin and I’ve been writing my story since I was able to write, but when the media goes to share it, they only choose the parts that fit their idea of what will generate views. These are my views and opinions. If I'm going to share my story, it should be the whole story. The titles are the dates thin…
 
I Was Arrested (I took this selfie to send to Deb Quimby to thank her for the socks and the necklace for Christmas) I woke up thinking about the kinds of questions Joe Exotic would just love to be able to ask me once I am called as a witness in his murder for hire trial. He’s wanted to debate me for a decade now because he believes if he says somet…
 
Judge in Murder for Hire Case has a Sense of Humor On Jan 3 the Judge Scott L. Palk ruled against Joe Schreibvogel’s motion to dismiss counts 3-11 of his tiger trafficking charges stating that he owned the tigers before the rule went into effect to restricted the interstate commerce in tigers. That rule was the Generic Tiger Loophole that we succes…
 
Praise of Big Cat Rescue from Joyce Fitch Carole and Howard, I can’t thank you enough for letting me join the BCR family for a few weeks. It was such a treat for me! I learned a lot and had such a great experience being able to spend so much time with the cats. Everyone was so nice to me and so many people had fun stories to share. Thanks to Chelse…
 
Florida Bar Animal Law Section Agrees with Howie Today the FL Bar ran Howie’s article (See Dec. 20, 2018) and it’s all over the Internet now. Game ON, FWC! https://www.flabaranimals.org/single-post/2019/01/03/IT-IS-TIME-TO-END-THE-EXPLOITATION-AND-MISTREATMENT-OF-BIG-CATS-IN-FLORIDA?fbclid=IwAR0nHtRkqz6n-NkznJB2tjXM-f2SoEvl04Fj4bNgDDUKjrOYSqhCfuTGa…
 
an intern from S. Africa asked if there is any undercover work she could do for free while here. I sent the following: I've been trying to get someone inside Sue Pearce’s place: http://911animalabuse.com/sue-pearce-animal-adventures/ There is a man, who seems to be sort of related to the place, offers tours to people to come hand feed the cats, but…
 
Climate Change 1980-2018 Two tigers talking and one is saying, "You can tell humans apart by their fingerprints. They are as unique as our stripes." I’ve been cleaning up and organizing all of my folders and over the year have saved some screenshots that I label “Ideas”. They are mostly quotes to overlay on beautiful cat images for social sites, so…
 
Jamie Says Divorce Was Final in October 2018 I think it is Victor’s signature and Carolyn Thompson’s as witnesses on the marriage certificate. Jamie’s two closest friends. I went online to see when, but all I find is their marriage certificate. Since it was amicable, maybe that doesn’t result in a filing. They have certainly both stayed quiet about…
 
20 Year Plan 2005-2025 It is a working document that was last updated in 2013 so it’s time to re evaluate where we are and how to get where we are going. I inaccurately predicted that by 2014 we would have passed the Big Cat Act. I originally thought we would have it introduced by 2010, but it was 5/21/2013 before we managed to get in introduced an…
 
Christmas Bobcat Curse Photo is Jamie and Victor hiking on Christmas Day 2018 What is it about Christmas and Bobcats? First thing this morning Gale texts me to say there is a dead bobcat in the middle of the road at Gunn Highway and Sheldon. I texted Kathryn to ask if she can have someone closer run out to make sure the cat isn’t suffering and by t…
 
I Feel Babylon Touching My Face From time to time I find myself coming back from what seems to be a deep trance, right in the middle of doing something. I’ll be working on a web page and before I know it, my fingers are touching lightly around my nose, and eyes and I realize I’m getting in the way of being able to see and it feels like Babylon doin…
 
I Always Run Out Of Time I am almost never on time because I always think I can cram just one more thing into whatever I’m doing before I have to go and then I’m down a rabbit hole and miss appointments, deadlines, and of course holidays. I’ve always despised Christmas. Weirdly, as a kid, I felt bad that my parents would give me stuff because I did…
 
I Registered for the Synapse Innovation Summit Which is to be held Jan. 23-24 at the Amalie Center in Tampa. There will be 300 speakers, 5000 attendees and 300 exhibitors in the realms of virtual reality, AI, robotics, health advancements and more. I printed special business cards talking about what we have to offer in the way of 360, 3D & VR big c…
 
Howie Asks HSUS to Help Us Write a State Ban He addressed it to our friends, Anna Frostic, Nicole Paquette, Lisa Wathne, Tracie Letterman, Jocelyn Ziemian, Laura Bevan, Kate MacFall, Sara Amundson and Kitty Block: I don't recall to what extent I have acquainted each of you with my work over the last few years on a Florida big cat law so I'll review…
 
Going after a beloved and well financed figure, like Jack Hanna means we will have to prove our beliefs beyond a shadow of a doubt, not only to avoid a slander lawsuit, but also in order to not turn ignorant animal lovers against us when we reveal that their childhood hero was one of the most influential characters in the war against protecting wil…
 
Howie Responsible for First State to Ban Circuses Yesterday Nosey’s Law was signed into law in New Jersey and NJ Senator Raymond Lesniak, Jr. wrote Bill Nimmo and Kizmin Reeves, of Tigers in America to say: From: Raymond Lesniak To: William Nimmo Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 4:45 PM Subject: Re: NJ Nosey's Bill signed into law- RAY You got me st…
 
I Forgot My Password I have one password to open my computer and then password service to open the 500+ programs and secure sites I use. A couple years ago it crashed and I had to reset its password and most of those other sites, so I did the old lady thing and wrote down the main password on a sticky note and put it in my top desk drawer. Stupid. …
 
Tiger Trafficking in America Government authorities will often say they can find little or no evidence of the black market trade in tigers in America which just tells me they aren’t looking. A fan of ours sent the following to me and Howie sent it to the USFWS agent Matt Bryant and the next day, after nothing had been done, I sent to the FWC. Go to…
 
Invited Erik Mathais of Immertec to Collaborate His company films doctors in 360 and 3D in real time to use as course material for training doctors using Medoptic Virtual Surgical Observation. He’s based in Ybor, possibly at the Blind Tiger Cafe, according to the news. Hi Erik, Congrats on the piece in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. I'm sure you a…
 
Fur Trade is Ending 25 Years ago we bought out 56 bobcat and lynx kittens from the Fur Farm in LeCenter, MN because when I learned cats were being killed for their fur, I thought I could put a stop to that. (Those kittens were about the size and color that Pearlie is in this photo taken today with Howie) That led to saving 28 bobcats and lynx the n…
 
Howie Summarizes Cub Petting for Ad Campaign CUB PETTING PROJECT BACKGROUND Growing public awareness of captive animal issues. In the last few years we have increasingly seen that public awareness of captive exotic animal issues has been growing at an accelerating rate. It has become widespread enough to impact businesses that exploit animals by re…
 
Justin came to give Maya Cougar some pain meds and steroids as a last ditch effort to save her after she’s had 5 seizures in the past day. Maya Cougar only spent a year at Big Cat Rescue but she was such a special cat that she touched our hearts. There was only 35 hours from the onset of the seizures until she died and she was under the care of two…
 
Howie was asked to speak at an International Conference to 4000 people Our speaker, Howard Baskin, is the Advisory Board Chairman of Big Cat Rescue, the only accredited sanctuary in Florida devoted to big cats and one of the largest sanctuaries in the world. In this talk he will explain from experience on the ground why the U.S. regulatory scheme c…
 
I am losing my teeth Dear Mom, On another note, I left your house for my first dental appointment in 10-15 years. I only ever had one cavity, and that was 38 years ago while carrying Jamie. It was in a wisdom tooth that was coming in at the same time, so they just pulled it. I went yesterday to have my teeth cleaned, but they discovered that most o…
 
A “note” passed from Babylon to Pearlie for me I have a daily routine where I come home from work, remove all of my jewelry except my wedding ring, and get into my pajamas. Babylon would frequently pick out my earrings to play with, and as long as they were big enough not to wash down the sink, I’d let him think he was getting away with something. …
 
A Kitten Warms Howie’s Heart Five days after we lost Babylon, on Nov 20, a tiny voice cried out from under the Keeper Cafe. It took Keepers two days to trap the frightened little blue cream kitten. She’s been living in the office with Afton caring for her during the day and yesterday she got to play with the kittens in the Kitten Cabana and really …
 
I blow into Big Cat Rescue on a tornado I used to be part of a family. I had a mom and a family who loved us. They had read us the story of the Wizard of Oz. I even dreamed about it. I thought this was a dream, until it turned into a nightmare. The tornado hit so fast and furious and without warning. My life was turned upside down, literally. It wa…
 
Dave Welling Told Me to Stop Caring for Animals Back in the 90s Dave Welling came to do a photo tour at Wildlife on Easy Street and I was his guide. I was his guide, because I was our only Photo Tour guide. Throughout the day I learned that Dave had been involved with and on the board of directors at the Wildlife Waystation since 1987. As evening a…
 
33 Cats Left I sent the following to Howie and Jamie because I know they are both dealing with the stress of wondering how long this ordeal is going to last. While I know there is much sadness ahead, as we lose cats, I am encouraged that there are fewer and fewer exotic cats in cages every year. On the Cat Census spreadsheet is a tab called Pension…
 
Not one Thanksgiving photo Jamie and I have been on a scrapbooking binge and have dragged out every physical photo we own into one spot to reorganize them into books with pages of themes. Last night I did a page on my mother and the theme was eating meals together. Since it was so close to Thanksgiving, I was on the lookout for common holiday foods…
 
I worked too late last night, running out of light to bike by, and had to hitch a ride home with Jamie. She showed me texts she’d sent to Justin and I was impressed with her frankness, her meekness and the way she took ownership of the situation. This was my response to her today. I don’t know the details of your break up, but I was impressed that …
 
Babylon died today. He left almost as quickly as he arrived back in my life. He’s been acting pukey, which is normal after he eats a lizard. Monday he vomited and usually that makes him feel better until the next time he eats a lizard. Instead he started walking around hunched over, and disoriented. In the 15 years he’s been here, I only dewormed h…
 
The predecessor to the FWC (the agency name has changed over the years) was established in 1942 by an amendment to the Florida Constitution which became current Article 4, Section 9. It originally gave the Commission power over “birds, game, fur bearing animals, and fresh water fish of the State of Florida.” In later amendments to the Constitution …
 
Shaquille O’Neil Supporting Cub Abuse? We asked XX to look into how we can best approach Shaq to convince him it will destroy his brand to be part of Jeff Lowe’s new version of the GW Zoo. The last thing big cats need is for someone as prominent as Shaq, with his 13-million plus online followers, to be openly endorsing cub-petting, roadside zoos, o…
 
Back on iTunes! I am all about working efficiently and having services where I can post to one place and have it syndicated to others. I set up our iTunes podcast for our videos as soon as iTunes and podcasts were a thing and we had tremendous reach on that platform as it has 800 million users. What I didn’t know is that Blip.TV went out of busines…
 
Why We Can’t Rescue Some Cats This is being written for our supporters who think all they have to do is say, “Go rescue X!” and that we will be able to swoop in and bring a cat to safety. I hate the abuse as much as you do. I wish it was as easy, as so many people seem to think, to just walk in and free the cats, but it’s never easy. Several times …
 
Regrouping for next session and the Big Cat Act Our call today was for brainstorming and next steps not decisions. Only Jocelyn from HSUS was on so we did not get the benefit of input from your other colleagues. That being said, there was a general consensus that one thing that impaired our bill was that it was complicated and comprehensive and tha…
 
Malise Turner Says Chris Hansen is Out to Kill Me Matt, last night we got a call from a woman we do not know named Malise (sp?) Turner. She said she was calling out of concern for Carole's safety despite Joe being in jail. Much of the conversation was rambling about Chris Hansen. She claims Hansen told Joe that if he would provide her with the drug…
 
Today is our 14th Wedding Anniversary I met Howard Gene Baskin on November 1, 2002. A year later, on the same day, we were engaged. A year later, on the same day we were wed. We haven’t had our first fight yet. He’s just the sweetest person ever and has changed my life in so many ways. He’s changed the trajectory of the sanctuary and enabled us to …
 
Whittier Bobcat was the last to leave home So many times these stories unfold to me and I can’t tell if I am making them up, or if the cats are sharing them with me. They just flow and so I’m going to write it like I hear it. His mom had done an excellent job of raising him in the Three Lakes Wildlife Management area south of Kissimmee St. Cloud an…
 
Wander, Rendever and Parklane Interactive I don’t remember what led me to the info@parklineinteractive.com website, but it culminated in a call today with Tom Neumann who is one of the co founders (Kyle Rand). They’ve been around for 2 years and are a team of 7 based in Boston. Tom says they filmed at Big Cat Rescue a couple years ago to get what t…
 
Howie’s Financial Report to the Finance Committee Attached please find our 9 month year over year comparison. We are having a record year. Donations are up $320k largely due to two new large donors ($105k and $25K) and the Facebook fundraisers supporters initiate and the donate button on our Facebook live broadcasts. The number of visitors is only …
 
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