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This is tragic. Let me clarify a few misconceptions that are being propagated here.

1. Captive big cats are the result of over 15 generations in captivity. They are not taken from the “wild” since the induction of CITES in July of 1975. This restricts the importation of endangered species such as Lions, tigers, Jaguars, Leopards et al.

2. Banning will simply A. Hasten the path of extinction on these endangered species as a lot of them are NOT BRED by AZA zoo’s (the AZA is merely an accreditation organization NOT a governing body) B. Cause the rise of more poaching as it will drive the black market value on these animals up. They are already worth more dead than alive.

3. The “poaching” that you hear of is regarding the poaching and KILLING of these beautiful animals. These cats are worth more dead than alive.

These is a tragic event. MJEF extends our heart felt sympathies to the family and friends of the victim. We also refuse to cast judgement and blame on anyone. We were not there and have no idea how it happened.

In this field we work in, it is an known and accepted risk that working with big cats, that an injury can happen. We know this. But that does not make it any easier when on occurs. The park that had this tragedy had an impeccable safety record. But to put it into perspective there were NINETEEN skydiving accidents in 2012 and NO BIG CAT accidents in 2012. But then again the animal rights groups were not on the scene to report those.

Sky divers know and accept the risks… as do we, the protectors of these endangered species.


Vera is a sixth generation Native Floridian and born in the small community of Arcadia Florida. She has been a Barrel racer,making it to the NBHA national finals for 3 years in a row. She was the President in the Potowattomie County Humane Society, Shawnee Oklahoma 1983. She is a Veterinary Technician and in the veterinary medical field for over thirty nine years, starting by volunteering in Ft. Lauderdale at Three Oaks Animal Hospital for OJT at the tender age of 13 years. She has had a Life time of working and living with all species of animals, domestic and exotic. She holds an Associates in Animal Science. Vera also is an active member of the FCF (Feline Conservation Federation - ) and accredited by the FCF as a Wildlife Educator, as well as licensed by the state of Florida as a wildlife rehabilitator

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