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What is 911 Animal Abuse.com?
A misleading website
Incorporating alarmist words into the website’s title such as 911, which creates a sense of urgency, and abuse, which by definition means (pertaining to animal care):
"to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way"
I've found it necessary to shed some light on this incriminating blog and its rival, 911 Animal Abuse.org (the difference is in the org), since it paints the impression in the unsuspecting web dwellers mind that it is about real animal abuse such as in this website and not more opinionated animal rights content.
The 911 Animal abuse.com website has the motto “find out who the bad guys really are”.
In essence, both of these sites are just trying to undermine each other due to the opinions of each site owner.
911 Animal abuse dot com is the project of Big Cat Rescue of Tampa Florida’s CEO, Carole Baskin. ( 911 Big cat Rescue is another 911 website that is more Big Cat Rescue-oriented).
911 Animal abuse dot org was secondary to come into existence (with an intentionally similar title) with content that attacks Carole Baskin's facility (and other well-known animal rights organizations such as The Humane Society and Peta) in retaliation via the same misleading presentation, albeit more childishly.
Not all of the organizations, entities, and people listed on Baskin's 911 Animal Abuse site have actually committed animal abuse; the site exists for pushing political animal rights beliefs about big cat captivity onto the unknowing public.
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The objective of this website appears to be to attach the name “abuse” to names searched for on Google, creating the impression that any such facility or name is committing actual harm to animals, also known as animal cruelty.
There is positively no distinction or explanation made toward the listings that are included on the website. There are names of people who have actually been fined with or have proven to have committed animal cruelty, and some names of people who haven’t, all lumped together, again, with the website’s tagline. There are no categories in which the names are listed under. The site’s creator is obviously aware of this vague, misleading presentation.
The website is a clever attempt to discredit people and facilities that violate the specific beliefs of Carole Baskin in how animals (and mainly those of the exotic feline persuasion) should be treated in captivity.
Essentially, Big Cat Rescue does not believe that any big cats should be bred for life in a cage, no matter how well cared for that animal is. No matter what the extent of proof that the animal is thriving exists. This includes breeding for conservation purposes.
This criteria would include many top of the line zoos like the Bronx Zoo (they’ve recently had a delivery of tiger cubs), which, for the most part aren’t included because the ridiculousness of the website's claims would be too readily apparent. The website does not allow the reader a chance to use their brain. By not overtly stating the philosophy of the page and the ideology of Big Cat Rescue, the website pulls the reader into buying their concepts of what they believe constitutes 'animal abuse' by avoiding attacking more popular animal venues. They do not want readers to think, "hey, I visit zoos, the zoos I've been to appear to have happy animals and my kids love it. I don't agree with this stance. It seems radical".
Instead, some of the more controversial topics are highlighted: that of producing white tigers and lions, animals being produced for entertainment (such as circuses) and so-called ‘edu-tainment’, baby big cats being used for photo ops, and exotic cats being used as private pets (the easiest target of all, as the public is so ignorant to it).
Here’s the kicker, the website also lists the names of people who are simply friends with animal people of whom Carole Baskin disagrees with. Again, no distinction is made between those who have committed ‘an offense’ against animals and those who have offended Big Cat Rescue’s beliefs through who they have an allegiance toward. This presentation is profoundly deceitful and disingenuous.
What Google Yields
Some Examples of Listed Persons on the Website
*note, updates to the site have been made. The examples listed here used to have separate pages dedicated to each 'animal abuser', but now they are listed in a blog-type format. You may need to scroll down to find the represented individual.
Rexano’s (Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership) Zuzana Kukol
She is a prominent owner of lions, tigers, and other exotics, which reside in respectable housing and are all in great health (mentally and physically). Keeping animals privately on your property that are thriving is not “animal abuse” or “animal cruelty”, no matter how strongly you disagree with it. Click here to see more information on her and Scott Shoemaker's facility that happens to be private.
Linda Sue (link)
An even more amusing addition: Linda Sue is a vegan and engages in rabbit rescue. She often attacks Big Cat Rescue’s rehabilitation practices for bobcats in which live domesticated rabbits are fed to the animals. She is listed under the site’s defamatory excerpts because she is friends with Joe Schreibvogel (owner of 911 Animal Abuse.org), whom displays baby tigers for the general public to take photos with. Malie’s listing is a lame retaliatory attempt by Carole Baskin to denounce the criticism against her facility.
The Toronto Zoo (link)
They are listed because they are displaying white lion cubs. When not naturally occurring in the wild, these animals are often inbred in captivity. Not necessarily something I even agree with, but detractors of the practice fail to see the same exact issue with some purebred domesticated dogs, and the obvious impaired health and physical ability that is forced upon dogs like pugs and bulldogs for the sake of aesthetics. Is that abuse?
Steve Higgs Toucans Exotic Animals (link)
This person is listed for bringing a monitor lizard, an albino Burmese python, and a lion cub on TV and to the Portland’s Rose Festival, just as Jack Hanna continues to do often, and he is not listed. Literally no other information is given.
Tiger owned by Zuzana Kukol
There are countless other examples. There is also a section on the website that touts “Big Cats Suffer in Captivity”. That is an amusing statement, because Carole Baskin does maintain an extremely large facility that houses numerous captive animals. Read more about this hypocritical stance. This is just one of many phony tactics utilized by the animal rights persuasion to mislead people into adopting unsubstantiated beliefs about animals in captivity and those who are affiliated with it.
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