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Carole Baskin Asks Kate McKinnon to Not Use Real Cats in the Tiger King Show

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If I’m not mistaken, everyone is familiar with Netflix show, Tiger King. Recently, it was announced that Kate McKinnon will star as Carole Baskin in the TV adaption of the show. However, Big Cat Rescue’s founder insists not to use real cats in the show.

While Tiger King emphasizes on Joe Exotic, no one can deny that Carole Baskin is as important as him.

Although it began as a one of a kind bed and breakfast where guests could pet the big cats, it later became Big Cat Rescue. In 1995, the company became non-profit and later, they ceased all physical contact between humans and animals. This sanctuary now works on banning the captivity of all exotic animals. In the series, Carole Baskin is one of the main people featured. The feud between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin is at the heart of Tiger King. However, it escalated quickly and which started as a war between two companies became personal. Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison because he tried to hire someone to murder Carole Baskin. After the success of the show, it was announced that Kate McKinnon is set to play Baskin in a limited series based on the documentary.

After the TV adaption was announced, Baskin requested that Kate McKinnon should not use real cats for her series.

A rep from Big Cat Rescue has expressed their concerns on using real cats for the show. Carole Baskin’s company has said:

“We hope McKinnon has a passion for animals and that her series will focus on the horrible lives captive big cats lead when exploited by breeders like Joe Exotic. We further hope she urges the public to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act that would end the cub petting abuse in America.”

Furthermore, Carole Baskin has said that it would be cruel and ironic to use real cats in a show about cruelty of the animals. Not only her, PETA has also urged the producers to use CGI or old footage of the animals.

Hopefully, Kate McKinnon will follow this advice and will not use real animals.

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