A Netflix documentary star promoted a Plymouth garage in an online video.
Carole Baskin, who is an American big-cat rights activist, recently found herself in the spotlight after the Tiger King documentary aired on Netflix this year.
The bizarre series reveals the disturbing truth behind private zoos in the United States and the ease with which many Americans can get a pet tiger to breed in their home. Yes, really.
There’s also a lot of bad dramas – and a boy’s real plot to commit murder.
But now, Carole is encouraging people to buy cars from Plymouth’s Revento Motors auto sales garage.
In a video, published on the company page, Carole said: “Hello to all of you fantastic kittens and cats, I’m Carole Baskin from Big Cat Rescue and I wonder if you have checked Revento Motors.
“I am a German car specialist based in Plymouth and have a lot of great cars in stock.
“You can see them on Facebook on Revento Motors. Stay calm.”
Watch the video at the top of this article.
The business is run by James Kennett and Shaun Young.
Kennett said it was his “dream” to become a tamer, but “he didn’t pay”, so he sold a car to Carole Baskin.
“My dream was to be a tamer, so I asked her for a job years ago,” he said.
“Unfortunately it didn’t pay off, so we sold her a car and she exchanged a tiger,” he joked.
The car sales company recently won the best mediation and car dealership award for Devon at the SME News UK Transport Awards 2020.
People loved the quirky video, nicknamed it “brilliant” and “classy”.
Kennett added: “We simply love cars, we love taking care of people and offering exceptional service. As a Nordic, I also make the best cup of coffee in Plymouth.”
What does Benjamin Mee think of Tiger King?
Owner of Dartmoor Zoological Park, Ben Mee says the whole series is “horrible” and can’t believe how the series’ zoo owners can treat animals – and the other – so badly.
Ben told PlymouthLive that he finds Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin’s behavior “insane” and says the show “speaks massively” as much as private collectors and unlicensed zoo owners completely ignore what they need. tigers and other large cats.
“I really don’t like those people,” he said.
“They are really horrible people. It’s not just what they do to animals, it’s how they treat each other.
Ben claims that tigers are “valuable endangered species that need to be grown [so] That day [they] can return to the wild. “
He particularly disagrees with private zoo owners who neglect proper breeding programs and raise only tigers “for the sake of producing puppies”, as seen in “Tiger King”.
“It should be lawful that these important animals are not treated this way, they should be part of an appropriate breeding program,” he said.
The keepers of Dartmoor Zoological Park pair tigers with their “most genetically diverse” partner, says Ben, and do everything they can to reintroduce puppies into the wild wherever possible.
“This is what zoos do to all those horrible people [on Tiger King] don’t even consider, “he added.
Joe Exotic, aka Tiger King, and rival activist Carole Baskin represent a “totally inappropriate way of looking at animals,” says Ben.
While the animals do not belong to the cages, some of them need to spend time in pens before they are released into the wild – but Ben says sending a “look at this pet” message is incredibly dangerous.
“Not everyone who buys a tiger has the resources to take care of it – Tiger King made tigers look fantastic, like having an extravagant car,” he added.