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April 22, 2012 in Admin

Date: Monday, August 22, 2011, 3:44 PM
Attention: James T. Knight III, Inspector General (Certified Inspector General)
Our group filed a complaint against Big Cat Rescue for the feeding of live prey to exhibition animals, which constitutes cruelty to animals. We are not satisfied with these FWC investigations and believe FWC does not seem to be interested in going beyond the word of the owner of BCR – cont…..

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 12:40 PM
Dear Linda:
I have reviewed your email of August 22, 2011, concerning among other things, the issue about feeding live prey to bobcats by Big Cat Rescue. I have also reviewed the letter sent to you by Colonel Jim Brown in July of 2011.
As noted in that letter, the issue of a violation of the animal cruelty statute was presented to the State Attorney’s Office, who declined to prosecute. Colonel Brown’s letter to you addressed your concerns and I see no basis for conducting the investigation you request into these same concerns.
James T. Knight III
Inspector General Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 2:20 PM
Linda: Let me try to clarify a few things from your email to me of September 22nd.
Please see the attached inspection report from our inspections section, which indicates there were site visits, review of Internet sites which resulted in enforcement warnings, and investigations by USDA, USFWS, the State Attorney, and Alabama natural resources agency. Our investigations revealed that only live prey were fed to bobcats in rehab status. I think you are aware of the fact that FWC does not restrict the feeding of live rabbits to other predators.
James T. Knight III
Inspector General Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
All reports were sent to the County Commissioners and to the Governor’s office c/o (Rex.Newman@eog.MyFlorida.com) who has not responded to the unacceptable FWC investigation.

Complaints were also re-filed with USDA, never received a case number or follow up on any of them, as well as the Dept. of Agriculture.

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