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Carnivore Preservation Trust plans to rescue kansas tigers

Posted Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) announced today that next week they will rescue two male tigers from an owner near Oakley, Kansas. Two tigers and three lions had been living in very small, poorly secured spaces in a junkyard for many years. In late February one of the lions attacked and seriously injured a man, prompting local law enforcement authorities to finally force the owner to relinquish the animals.

National animal rights organization PETA originally brought the animals’ plight to the attention of authorities and was instrumental in working with local officials to get the animals moved to safer conditions. The three lions have been sent to the Detroit Zoo where a lion exhibit was already awaiting them. CPT agreed to rescue the two male tigers, Apache and Nitro.

Executive Director Pam Fulk said, “The public has been very good to us during this difficult economic period, and we are fortunate to be able to offer a lifelong home for Apache and Nitro tigers. We’re eager to meet them and, following their thirty day quarantine, we will be able to provide them with much larger, safer, healthier habitats than they’ve had all these years.” Curator of Animals Kathryn Bertok is tentatively scheduled to pick up the tigers and transport them back to CPT on April 14th.

PETA is donating the cost of the veterinary support to prepare the cats for transport and the cost of transporting them to CPT. The initial rescue is expected to cost CPT an additional $5,000. “We are counting on the public to help us raise the rest of the money necessary to quarantine these two cats, prepare their habitats for them, and provide their first year of care. Please help us bring Apache and Nitro home!” said Fulk. It will cost approximately $5,000 annually to care for each of the new tigers, so CPT will continue to raise funds to support the tigers for the rest of their lives.

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Those interested in donating to CPT may do so online by visiting www.cptigers.org and clicking on “Donations”. To ensure the full donation goes to the cats, donors can mail their checks made payable to CPT to 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312. Donors can designate their gift to the “Bring Them Home” campaign for this rescue, or leave their gift undesignated to be used for the care of all of the animals at CPT. Any designated funds not expended for this rescue will be applied to the next CPT rescue.

Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) is a nonprofit located in Pittsboro, NC. The 55-acre sanctuary is home to 80 animals, including tigers, ocelots, binturongs, and more. CPT provides rescue and sanctuary for certain species of carnivores, primarily cats, as well as conservation education to the public through public and private tours, specialty tours, birthday parties, and community presentations and exhibits.

 
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