The Truth About Big Cats in Captivity- part 1
Jen recently had the opportunity to speak with Susan Bass, Director of Public Relations for Big Cat Rescue. Today’s blog post is based on some of what she learned. -Rumpy
Imagine you are one day old. Your eyes are not yet opened. You have been yanked from your mother and forced to live in a wire cage. You’re forced to drink milk that’s not of your species.
Then at 8 weeks of age (if your owner bothers to wait that long), you and other cubs are loaded up into trailers and hauled from town to town. At a time in your life when you should be sleeping much of the time, you are instead forced to be held by stranger after stranger.
You must pose for photos with these people. If you complain, someone blows in your face or jostles you around like a parcel.
After 12 weeks of age, you are no longer useful.
Such is the life of many large cats that are bred by so-called sanctuaries in the US and around the world.
In the four weeks (and I say that loosely, because no one really enforces that law) you’re on the road, you bring in thousands of dollars for humans. But now that you’re too old to pet, it’s going to cost thousands of dollars to keep you.
So what happens to you?
Come back tomorrow and find out.
Note: Click on the photos to go to their source page.