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Carole Baskin Slams Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion For Using Big Cats In 'WAP' Video

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By Chris Barilla

With the more widespread attention being given towards big cat conservation and overall awareness since the release of Netflix's hit docu-series 'Tiger King,' it appears that even those that starred on the show are taking their love of cats beyond the boundaries of the series. Show star Carole Baskin is now speaking out against rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion for their usage of big cats in the new 'WAP' music video, saying they are promoting a dangerous message to those who are untrained to handle the types of animals they're filmed around.

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Per 'TMX', Baskin issued a statement of disdain towards Cardi and Megan for their promotion of big cats in the new viral 'WAP' music video, whose accompanying song is currently #1 on American charts.

Baskin maintained that the rapper's usage of the big cats may promote fans to believe they could own exotic pets, which often leads to the animals not being given the level of care they require by skilled individuals familiar with their unique living requirements as opposed to normal household pets.

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"No matter how you cut it, it's always abusive to the cat and dangerous to the public," Baskin wrote in her statement to the publication about the new music video.

During the video, there are cutscenes that showcase both white and orange tigers pacing about, which have since been revealed to have been filmed off-set. This means that the rappers actually had no interaction with the animals, something that Baskin is seemingly relieved to hear given their lack of prior experience around big cats.

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"That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn't happen in the wild," Baskin went on to mention.

"It can't happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it). That tells me they probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, probably even one of the ones shown in 'Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness,' who makes a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That's never good for the cat," the animal conservationist continued to explain.

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Given that there is currently no evidence to prove any animal abuse on the set of the 'WAP' video, it appears that Baskin is just speaking cautiously in order to prevent the potential situation from transpiring, but it cannot be forgotten that Cardi herself is an adamant supporter of Baskin's arch nemesis, Joe Exotic, who is currently serving prison time for a failed plot to have her murdered.

Cardi has previously spoken out on social media calling for a GoFundMe to be set up for Exotic to spur his release, but it was immediately shut down for violating the site's terms of service by setting up a fund for a convicted criminal.

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