Carole Baskin–founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue

Carole Baskin–founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, one of the world’s largest such sanctuaries, housing more 100 big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, servals, others) over 40-plus acres–discusses the history and evolution of the facility (including her admitted ignorance in the beginning about the pitfalls of having an exotic cat as a pet, and about breeding), opines on the chief causes of the population explosion of captive big cats, touches on legislation designed to address that explosion, and responds to callers and e-mailers who raise questions about how many cats at the facility are rescued versus the product of Carole’s earlier breeding efforts and level other charges about fraudulent practices. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Steve Martin’s “Cat Handcuffs” []
MUSIC: Friends of Dean Martinez’s “All The Pretty Horses,” Nellie McKay’s “Pounce,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Beatles’ “Dig A Pony”

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