I have been closely following the story of the young woman, her two beautiful cats and the vicious and libelous rhetoric #EduardoSerio has been posting across all his Social Media sites. I am surprised and disgusted that animal welfare organizations have not had the decency to speak up in support of her. My view, and I am sure the views of those who have the guts to speak out against pseudo “sanctuaries” is that whilst many of us sit back and criticize certain sanctuaries, rescue facilities and charities for aspects of their operations we may not agree with, few are actually educating the public about the BAD “sanctuaries”, the unethical rescue facilities and the shady charities. We can complain, criticize, harp on and demean the efforts of those trying their best to do their part in saving and/or rehabilitating wildlife – but if we also fail to educate others at the same time, what is actually being achieved? The answer: Nothing. Without educating people on the good and the bad, the public can never truly know the difference and will likely not understand how and who to support. This is where the bigger animal welfare organizations must step in. Many have criticized this young woman calling her an “idiot” but she is not an idiot. She was simply ignorant and I lay the blame squarely at the feet of these organizations because of their failure to educate the public. There is very little out there to explain that BJWT does not belong in the “ethical sanctuary” group and their methods and statements are highly inappropriate and exploitative. These organizations actually created the situation wherein she thought BJWT was a good place because THEY never said it WASN’T a good place. SHAME on them. Their silence supports the unethical management of the animals in this dangerous man’s care. Little do they realize the actions of BJWT have an effect on their own work, work which is focused on changing the perception of the public on the plight of wildlife and the ethical care of animals in captivity. They do not see the bigger picture. Those that have educated the public about BJWT should be supported publicly. I sincerely hope she gets her cats back. I, for one, support her 100% and knowing how much she loves her babies, my heart bleeds for her. She made an error. She needs our help not our condemnation and nor does she deserve the silence of those that have the ability to help her. Shame on them.
Sept 3, 2016 BJWT Watchdog