July 17, 2013 in Admin
You May Review the FWC Report Here: Baskin COM072513_Redacted
Complaint 7/17/2013 is Dismissed by FWC
Please Note: The following complaints noted below in this report have no relation to complaint # FWSW13OFF8751 sent in by Rabbit Advocates or the complaint that was assigned to me, however FWC chose to consolidate all complaints by others from the past years in this particular report-
* Perimeter fencing does not meet state requirements:
* Emergency evacuation plan for the facility:
* Flooding of animal enclosures and failure to meet structural strength of same as required by state law for captive wildlife:
* Escape of large Felidae in Tampa:
* FWC’s Plan of action for an escape animal from this facility:
* Facility issued numerous warnings and operating a substandard facility:
Live Feeding Updates
FWC has changed their regulations as per Request by BCR. BCR is now permitted to post videos on the internet of Live Domestic Rabbits being unnecessarily tortured and killed by rehabbing bobcats.
The Florida Wildlife Commission has taken the position that we are not allowed to post photos, videos or webcams of rehab bobcats outside of our volunteer force while a bobcat is going through rehabilitation. We have asked what we need to do to have the FWC reconsider their interpretation of the rule that rehab wildlife shall not be exhibited. There are a lot of places who post photos, videos, webcams and even have live exhibition of native Florida wildlife including major zoos, aquariums and rescue centers, but the FWC has told us we are not allowed to share photos, videos or webcams of our current rehab animals with you.
You can help us make a case before the Florida Wildlife Commissioners that this rule was implemented before the invention of webcams and non invasive ways to monitor rehabilitating wildlife by gathering evidence that this rule is not being enforced against anyone other that Big Cat Rescue who speaks out against private ownership and hunting of wild cats. Send your links, photos and videos to MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org. The only evidence that will be helpful are native Florida wildlife who are undergoing rehabilitation for release back to the wild.
Big Cat Rescue, has since obtained an special authorization permit from Executive Director Wiley to allow for the use of live streaming /web cams of the wildlife under the rehabilitation process.
Question to FWC: With regards to the “Special Permit”, it clearly states the permit is authorized pursuant to Rule 68A-9.010, F.A.C. You can review this rule at flrules.org.
Rule 68A-9.010, (is regarding) Taking Nuisance Wildlife
Can you please reference where the rule has been changed or amended to allow wildlife undergoing rehab to be exhibited regarding 68A-9.006? Can you please also advise where the new permit is located on the FWC website,
FWC Response: 1/2014
We are in the process of changing the rehabilitation rule that you are citing, we have currently remedied the situation by issuing the special permit under 68A-9.002(1).
“Live Stream internet feeds of wildlife under rehabilitation”
Before this regulation was Changed, Jamie Veronica Murdock” was issued a warning on March 17, 2011,for a violation of Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 68A-9.006.Posting videos of wild animals in rehabilitation status.
We the Petitioners have been filing complaints since 2011 regarding the many videos that remained online despite this warning.
FWC continually stated that the videos were not under the control of BCR when in fact they were various BCR internet accounts such as the Big Cat Rescue Website,Youtube,Viemo, Daily Motion, etc.
The last FWC complaint response stated that:
Lieutenant George Wilson of the Internet Crime Unit will be conducting a thorough search and date collection to attempt the verify ownership and control of these web site links. To include the date and posting of same.
However, when asking for a copy of this Report by Lt. George Wilson of the Internet Crime Unit
FWC now states the following:
Good morning Ms. Linda Sue,
This is a follow-up email in regards to the investigative report your are requesting from Lt. Wilson. I have had an opportunity to speak with Lt. Wilson and there was no additional investigation conducted.
Therefore we have no responsive records regarding your inquiry into Lt. Wilson’s report. If you have any additional questions regarding public records please feel free to contact me at (850) 488-6553.
Thank you, Kaitlyn McCown
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SIGN & SHARE THIS PETITION
Florida Fish & Game:
Feeding of live prey to wildlife under active wildlife rehabilitation in violation of Florida Animal Cruelty laws:
The Commission’s command staff has reviewed this matter and have consulted with the State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, and the State Attorney declined to file any formal charges for animal cruelty stating that it was not in violation of this Florida Statute. The prey items (rabbits) are purchased from a facility/vendor that propagates these animals as consumptive food product. These rabbits are not intended for the pet trade industry. Big Cat Rescue uses these live prey items to hone the rehabbed animals hunting skills and instincts for future release into the wild, an industry standard practice.
Thank you for your continued support,
For the rabbits,
The use of a Live Rabbits in the training of greyhound racing dogs has been outlawed in most States because such action causes the animal to be tortured and tormented, causing unnecessary pain, suffering and death. It has even been outlawed to kill and use dead rabbits.
Torturing of an animal for the purpose of training predators would also appear to be needless knowing they have hard wired killing instincts and knowing there are viable ethical alternatives makes this practice a crime for any person to come within the scope of the statutes prohibiting cruelty to “animals.”
Despite thousands of signatures and letters from Professional Rehabbers/Ph.d Biologist
Ask Florida’s FWCC, State Attorney’s Office, Hillsborough County, and the State Attorney
Domestic Rabbits are being Tortured and Killed as LIVE TRAINING BAIT for No Good Reason!
These complaints and petitions do not include the other complaints sent to FWC since 2011 from the Cause page with thousands of members.
Florida Cruelty to Animals Statutes
“animal” shall be held to include every living dumb creature; the words “torture,” “torment,” and “cruelty” shall be held to include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering is caused”.
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
BCR continues to teach the public that in the wild bobcats will only eat what they have killed themselves, that they are not scavengers like coyotes so they must provide live food or they will starve to death. http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_hillsborough/animal-rescue-groups-collide-over-feeding-live-rabbits-to-rescued-cats
“Factually” bobcats are opportunistic feeders much like coyotes, excellent predators and scavengers that also eat grubs, insects, birds and feed on carrion (dead animals), therefore a bobcat would not be in danger of starving if not given live food. http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/bobcat
Bobcats Scavenge on Human Remains: http://fishgame.com/news/?p=10581
BCR Tampa publicizes a Standard 18 month Bobcat Rehab Program and continues to torture and kill Live Domestic rabbits in the name of rehab. It also is a major concern the rehabbing bobcats at BCR are being held in captivity longer than necessary which causes concerns of imprinting and hinders their being able to adapt in the wild. This length of time also increases the numbers of animals that suffer and die at this facility being used as live bait for training (domestic rabbits, rats and turkeys).
“Big Cat Rescue’s main goal is release the bobcats back into the wild once they have gone through an 18-month rehabilitation”
Big Cat Rescue plans to release the bobcats into the wild after 18 months
According to FWC 68A-9.006 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?id=68A-9.006
(5) Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation.
1. Wildlife possessed for rehabilitation purposes may be held no longer than 180 days before it must be released, transferred or euthanized.
We will continue to fight for the Helpless Live Domestic Rabbits and other animals that are Unnecessarily & Barbarically being Tortured and Killed in the name of Rehabilitation or Training purposes.