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Animal Advisory Committee Resignation by Carole Baskin 2006

April 22, 2012 in Admin

Carole, can you please explain why FWC would assign you to be a member of the State Captive Wildlife Technical Assistance Group when you were asked to Resign from the County Animal Advisory Board by the Co.Commission in 2006?

I do not believe you have training or experience handling Big Cats, (correct me if I am wrong) do not currently have safe enclosures for your own Big Cats – while having loose Big Cats and Attacks in the past, are not qualified to educate others (especially in wildlife rehab or building safe enclosures) and you most certainly do not speak for the general public.

It is my opinion that this position and your involvement is not about stronger protection for animals, but instead to further your own agenda as an fanatic AR activist spreading mis-truths about others on your personal 911 animal abuse website (including me) while you teach and practice unethical protocols and believe you should be the only owner of Big Cats while exploiting them for profit and torturing and killing helpless animals in the name of a Sanctuary.



The Truth
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The following is Carole’s letter of resignation dated June 6, 2006

Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy Street
Tampa, FL 33625

June 6, 2006

Commissioner Brian Blair
County Center 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.,
2nd Floor Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: 272-5730
Fax 272-7053 BlairB@HillsboroughCounty.org

Since I serve on the Animal Advisory Committee at your discretion and you have asked for my resignation, it is only proper that I respond by resigning, which I hereby do.

With respect to your letter requesting this action, and our subsequent conversation, I would like to make the following comments.

First, there is absolutely nothing about my background or that of Big Cat Rescue that would be “awkward” for you if you had taken time to determine the facts. What kind of “investigation” does not include a chance for input from the person who is the subject of it?

Your comments about my good service ring hollow when that service did not even in your mind earn me the right to be contacted for input before you made your decision. And your subsequent refusal even to tell me who has made what statements about me or the sanctuary that you claim resulted in this decision violates one of the most basic principles on which our democracy was founded, the right to face your accuser. Perhaps you live in a different America than I do.

Were the situation reversed, I would never have considered treating you with this level of discourtesy. Think about it, is this how you would want to have been treated?

At a recent hearing you made the distinction between a statesman and a politician. This is certainly not the behavior of a statesman, and even a politician treats an appointee with more courtesy than you have shown me. You could have obtained the same result with dignity for both of us by simply giving me the chance to respond to whatever rumor and innuendo you relied on for your decision before you made it. I hope if a situation like this arises for you in the future you will handle it differently.


Carole Baskin
Founder and CEO


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