Rep. Mace meets ‘bada**’ Carole Baskin to promote bill to tackle private ownership of big cats
GOP Rep. Nancy Mace meets ‘bad a**’ tiger queen Carole Baskin to promote a bill to tackle private big cat ownership and direct contact activities like paid petting
- Nancy Mace met Tiger King star and activist Carole Baskin to discuss the bill to resolve private ownership and direct contact activities with big cats
- The two women called each other “bad a**” in a nearly two minute video
- Baskin, 60, indicated she will meet more lawmakers while in DC
- She’s promoting the Big Cat Bill this month after Tiger King’s second season hit Netflix in November
- Bill wants to end the inhumane practice of taking big cat cubs from their mothers for the use of direct contact activities such as petting or private ownership as pets
Nancy Mace hosted the “tiger queen” herself Carole Baskin on Tuesday for a discussion about her push-call solutions regarding private ownership of big cats and petting cubs.
“Hello cats and kittens!” the Republican representative for South Carolina tweeted and posted it to Instagram, along with an image of her dog Liberty next to Baskin in Washington, DC
“Carol Baskin is here this week talking about Big Cats,” Mace continued. “We discussed the animal rights legislation she advocates (and more).”
In a one minute and forty-five seconds video posted to Instagram by Marty Irby, executive director of Animal Wellness Action, Baskin and Mace called each other “bad a**es.”
Representative Nancy Mace met Tiger King star and activist Carole Baskin to discuss the bill to resolve private ownership and direct contact activities with big cats
The two women called each other “bad a**” in a nearly two-minute video showing the congresswoman holding her dog Liberty
“I’m so excited to be here about the Big Cat Public Safety Act, and so grateful that you were a co-sponsor of this bill. When I met you when we last came here I was so impressed and said, ‘This woman is a bad a**. She becomes the person – ‘.
“Well, you’re a bad ass too,” Mace interrupted. “So the feeling is mutual.”
Baskin, 60, said she will meet with more lawmakers while in DC to promote the Big Cat Bill, which aims to end the inhumane practice of taking tigers and other big cat cubs from their mothers for the purpose of killing. use of direct contact activities or private property as a pet.
The Tiger King star lashed out at the Netflix show in October that made her famous for feeling she had a “rogue operation” in the first season. Baskin also gave her opinion about the new season.
The TV star and activist is the CEO and founder of Big Cat Rescue, claiming the “one good thing” from the first series was the call for greater humanity for big cat cubs, but insisting that the show changed her life “for the worse.’
Baskin rose to fame after the Tiger King show aired on Netflix, but has come under fire for speculation linking her to the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis.
“The only good thing that came out of Tiger King was that one scene where they took the baby away from the mother while she was still in labor,” she told Today in October.
“When people saw that, they didn’t want that to happen. They wanted to change that, to end that kind of abuse,” she added. “A lot of people didn’t even know about the abuse, so all it did was raise awareness about it.”
After the series aired, Baskin became the subject of speculation that linked her to the disappearance of her second husband, Don Lewis.
She has always vehemently denied the rumours.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act is being sponsored in the House by Democratic Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois and Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania.
In the Senate, it is sponsored by Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Tom Carper of Delaware and Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr of North Carolina.
Story: The original Tiger Kind series documented the feud between big cat enthusiasts Baskin and Joe Exotic (pictured). The former zoo owner, 58, is currently serving a 22-year prison term after being found guilty of animal cruelty charges and a contract murder against his exotic animal rival Baskin in January.
Mace also calls for a crackdown on the USPS’s role in illegal animal fighting.
In a letter sent to the US Postal Inspection Service last month, Mace and Quigley expressed concern that the USPS transports animals, especially birds, for illegal combat purposes.
The letter was signed by 36 members of the House – 24 Democrats and 12 Republicans.