Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, was the subject of Joe Exotic’s obsession, documented on Netflix’s new series Tiger King. Joe Exotic was found guilty of plotting to kill Baskin and sentenced to 22 years in jail. Baskin said that if he were ever released, she would never be able to stop looking over her shoulder. Here is the latest on her and what she is doing today.
She Made a Statement in January for Joe Exotic’s Sentencing Trial
Joe Exotic was arrested in September 2018 and ultimately convicted of attempted murder, nine counts of killing five tigers, and eight counts of violating the Lacey Act, NBC reported. According to prosecutors, he had promised money to an undercover FBI agent when he tried to hire a second hitman on Baskin.
During the sentencing phase of Joe Exotic’s trial, Baskin asked the court to think about her family and what would happen if he were ever released from jail. You can see a video of her reading the statement she shared with the court below. In her video, she said she had been seeing everyone as a threat for the last 10 years because of him and she would look over her shoulders all the time again if he were ever released.
You can see Baskin’s video where she reads her sentencing statement below.
Joe Exotic told the court that he didn’t break any laws and had poor health. He blamed Baskin and also said he needed to apologize to her, National Geographic reported. His lawyers asked to allow him to own wild animals again after his release. But it was not enough to persuade the judge and he was sentenced in January 2020, just a few months before Netflix’s documentary released.
She’s Still the CEO & Founder of Big Cat Rescue & Often Posts Videos on YouTube
Today, Baskin is still at Big Cat Rescue as the founder and CEO. She also runs a real estate business and oversees more than 100 volunteers and interns, according to her bio. She’s been running Big Cat Rescue since 1992.
Her bio reads, in part: “Her efforts, combined with many others of like mind, have resulted in the 2003 passage of the Captive Wild Animal Safety Act which made it illegal to sell a big cat across state lines as a pet, the 2009 requirement that those in Florida who possess Class I animals must post a $10,000 bond and the reclassification of a cougar to Class I, making it illegal to own as a pet in FL.”
Her life’s goal is to end the exotic cat trade. She’s happily married to Howard who is the secretary, treasury, board of directors member and advisory board chair of Big Cat Rescue. They met at a launch party in 2002 for No More Homeless Pets and were married two years later.
She has a daughter, Jamie, who is the President of Big Cat Rescue.
Baskin frequently posts on her YouTube channel, which you can see here. A month ago, she shared a how-to on creating a “cyber tiger video.”
She’s also been very open about her own struggles and her past on her YouTube channel and she is currently making video diaries talking about her past.
This is one of her first video diaries.
She’s also made videos on YouTube about her cats and what they’re up to. Here’s one about Pearlie and some cat toys that she likes.
And here’s a video she made featuring Francis the Cat.
She also talks about rehab work they do with the bigger cats at Big Cat Rescue.
She’s still making YouTube videos to this day and she first started her account eight years ago.
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