Barbie, in response: the rescue organization is Animal Rescue & Relief, hence the acronym ARR (not AAR). Perhaps you were not successful in reaching them because of the confusion in the name of the group.
ARR’s mission is to protect animals from neglect and abuse and NOT to sensationalize it. I don’t know the details, but I would support a professional investigating a property to rescue an animal and to get a needed photo.
Barbie, there is no need to challenge me: First, I don’t have an agenda or “side of the story” as you propose. Second, I never heard of you or your show, and only took interest when I heard the important topic. Hence of course I heard it already recorded. It was hard to take you seriously in your scantily clad Santa outfit, however. Reading your immature rant now, it’s doubly hard to take you seriously. You undermine an issue of utmost importance to those who work to serve animals. Sadly, when personality and egos get involved, the animals suffer. You are indeed doing a disservice.
I understand there are two sides to a story, but the story here is very lacking in integrity and objectivity. First, Barbara, you display poor judgment, skills and ethics in your "journalism" report. This piece is clearly a conflict of interest and you don't adhere to the standards and best practices of journalism. Your "reporting" is one-sided, sensationalistic and an ad for your friend. And now you plan to take your parade of self-promotion to Charlestowne Landing to upset the bear, create drama for the public… oh and include your children.
Second, Exotic animals do not "need more people like Kathy", but they need change in laws for protection. Exotics (full bred wolves, bears, wild cats, etc) are not pets! People who care about the welfare of animals should not be attending an exotic sales event to support the practice of their capture and breeding to feed human desires. Instead, get involved to protect these animals, speak up against the import and sales of exotics, the capture of our local wild animals! Even good-hearted and well-intended people who own exotics often neglect them due to lack of education, resources, and vet care. This seems to be the case with Boo-Boo.
Lastly, that was a disgusting attack accusing ARR of "lining their pockets". I can only imagine the cost to the organization for the re-homing of the bear. There was no promotion, no publicity, hence no contributions; only a debt to the organization which affects many other animals in need. It's a ludicrous idea that ARR and other professional animal rescue groups do their demanding and often dangerous work of service to animals for money. Shame on you!
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