Big Cat Enclosures/Cages - Lonestar Custom Barns
Big Cat Rescue sends their cats on vacation! This area is a 2.5-acre enclosure called the Vacation Rotation where each lion and tiger gets a two-week vacation out in the big play area. (Most of the big cats’ home cages are 1200 square feet to half an acre.) Look for cats by the pond, the cave, and on the platforms. Tune in regularly to see different cats taking it easy out here.
Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, advocates for ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction. This refuge is home to over 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, and other species who have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, or retired from performing acts. Our new series of live cams brings us into their world as they live, play, and heal through rehabilitation.
Despite claims of abuse, the Lion & Tiger Show, a big cat exhibit, will be hosted at the Pennysaver Amphitheater, which is owned and operated by JVC Broadcasting. According to PETA, the show’s exhibitor, Georgina Donoho, was cited for keeping her big cats in cages so small they could barely turn around. These animals spend most of their lives in these small cages as they are carted around the nation for shows.
The only time that many big cats are given a break from their cages is during their short circus performances—when they must deal with loud, stressful crowds and being whipped.The exhibitor for Lion & Tiger Show, Georgina Donoho, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act by keeping her big cats in cages so small they could barely turn around. When the cats are not performing, they are typically kept in their cages and being carted around from show to show. Captivity is extremely detrimental to big cats and often leads to a variety of mental and physical issues, as well as shorter life spans. Five big cats - three tigers and two lions - are languishing in tiny cages on a farm in the far northeastern corner of Scotland, bringing new light, and urgency, to the failure of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to pass legislation banning the use of wild animals for public display attractions, including circuses. "The big cats are mainly housed in three cages of a traditional circus beast wagon (trailer)," the . "There is a small circular pen that the animals can access when they are not locked away. The lions and tigers must share this pen and during the investigator's visit there was always at least one big cat locked in the beast wagon." In two separate incidents in Kansas, county sheriffs seized tigers and other big cats who were found neglected and living in filth in flimsy cages.May 7, 2013Nearly one dozen dangerous wild animals were removed from an Atchison, Kan., property after authorities discovered that the animals had been abandoned in their enclosures without access to food or clean water.The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office seized the animals, which included a tiger, two cougars, three bobcats, two lynx, a serval, and two skunks.The Humane Society of the United States, Big Cat Rescue, In-Sync Exotics, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Zoo removed the animals from the property and transported them to sanctuaries around the country.The animals were living in enclosures that were inadequate in size and security. The enclosures were also full of mud and feces, and did not have appropriate enrichment for the animals. The owner of the animals has been cited for 10 violations, including cruelty to animals and violations of the Dangerous Regulated Animals Act.Kansas law currently prohibits the keeping of dangerous regulated animals, including big cats, as pets. However, several provisions render the law virtually ineffective. Specifically, the law allows people who have a U.S. Department of Agriculture license to maintain an inventory of dangerous animals.Atchison County Undersheriff Joe Butner said: "This case exemplifies the inherent problems with the existing law and the need for it to be strengthened. Most private individuals cannot provide humane and safe care for captive wild animals, which leaves law enforcement, taxpayers, and sanctuaries to shoulder the financial burden. We are thankful for the assistance and expertise of the organizations that helped rescue these animals."Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for The HSUS, said: "It is sad to see these large, wild cats abandoned in flimsy cages that they could have easily escaped from. As we see in this case, when people own dangerous wild animals it creates an unsafe situation for the community and exposes animals to inhumane conditions. Kansas needs stronger laws on the books to ensure that dangerous wild animals with complex needs are kept only at accredited zoos and sanctuaries. We are grateful for the actions of the sheriff’s office and the other organizations involved in this case."10. When big cats run into the ring with what looks like enthusiasm, they are actually of their handlers who bang on the cages and cage tunnels with iron bars and scream at them.