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Why Is a National Animal Conservation Organization Exploiting Baby Tigers and Servals ?

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Please sign petition! Contact the National Wildlife Federation and tell them that big cats should not be used as entertainment or television props!


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CherAway C (1424)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 8:09 am

Contact the National Wildlife Federation and tell them that big cats should not be used as entertainment or television props!

National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) website claims their mission is “to unite Americans to ensure wildlife thrive” and “save wildlife that are suffering declines across America, with a goal of increasing America’s wildlife populations.”

That all sounds great. But if it’s true, why in the world is NWF spokesperson David Mizejewski renting and then carting baby tigers and African servals to television shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Today Show to be used as props? And even bringing a large cougar to NWF’s own annual meeting!? Tigers and servals are not even native to America – and no exotic cats should ever be exploited as entertainment.

Big Cat Rescue reached out to NWF’s top management and Mizejewski about our concerns that their tactic of exploiting cute baby wildlife as television props completely undermines their message of respecting wildlife. We explained that, if they’re serious about teaching the public to respect wildlife and not keep exotic cats as pets, they need to lead by example. Their actions are contradicting their words. Sadly, nobody from NWF bothered to respond to our emails.

There’s more than a bit of irony in a blog post Mizejewski wrote about well-meaning Yellowstone tourists who accidentally killed a baby bison by trying to help it: “As a wildlife conservation professional, when I see stories like this, my first reaction is to think, why would anyone think it’s ok to pick up a wild animal? Helping wildlife doesn’t mean treating them like our pets or children.”

Yet on a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mizejewski carried an African Serval kitten on stage in his arms. And he brought a screaming 6-week-old tiger cub onto the Today Show and let the hosts pet the baby. He also bottle fed a newborn Asian Leopard Cat on the Conan O’Brien show, and in another Conan appearance brought an African Serval on a leash and gave it a cat toy to play with, while stating verbally that “These are wild animals. They should never be pets.” After repeatedly treating wild cats as pets in front of national television audiences, NWF and Mizejewski wonder why the public thinks it’s okay to interact with wildlife?

Please help us educate NWF that big cats should not be used as entertainment or television props! Your email will demonstrate that MANY people love big cats and want to see captive big cats treated humanely, not rented from disreputable facilities and then paraded onto television shows. Please speak up for these exotic cats by sending our Alert! Thank YOU!


CherAway C (1424)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 8:09 am

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Tuesday June 25, 2019, 8:11 am

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 8:47 am
Thank You
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Thanks Cher

Animae C (508)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 10:11 am
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TY dear Cher

Lesa D (27)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 2:48 pm
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thank you Cher...

Fran F (116)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 5:09 pm
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TY, Cher.

Walter F (128)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 6:18 pm
Message sent.Thanks Cher

Lisa M (15)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 6:51 pm
Signed previously.

Allen O (195)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 7:54 pm
Thanks Cher - Signed and noted

Marie W (67)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 10:14 pm

Elisabeth H (85)
Tuesday June 25, 2019, 10:26 pm
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Danny v (32)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 12:33 am
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Inge B (202)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 12:49 am
Signed, sent.


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Wednesday June 26, 2019, 1:54 am

Veronica B (33)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 2:25 am
Messages Sent. Thanks Cher.

Sylvie A (190)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 2:56 am
Noted. For USA only.

Wednesday June 26, 2019, 4:37 am
💕Done! Thank you Cher

Betty Kowall (304)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 5:51 am
Save the cats!

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 5:59 am
Sorry, US only! But noted in hope many will see it and sign it! Thanks Cher

Marija M (25)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 6:27 am
Noted, tks very much Cher /US only/.

S J (124)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 9:24 am

Melania P (123)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 10:42 am
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Diane E (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 1:03 pm
Signed and noted. Animals are not actors or entertainers. They cannot give their permission on a contract as a human can. Protect them in their habitat.

Diane E (0)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 1:07 pm
Sorry, I tried to sign and the message became invalid. Noted anyway and I'm right behind the ideas. animals should have their own life, robustly protected.

Tanya W (65)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 4:21 pm
Noted and signed🐯🐅

Ann B (76)
Wednesday June 26, 2019, 6:06 pm
signed and shared

Manojkumar Bhoyar (33)
Thursday June 27, 2019, 2:45 am
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