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Awesome Savannah Cat Interview

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#6
Thanks! It was a little nerve-wracking waiting for it to come out and see if it was a positive article or not. As Kristine says, she'd given a great interview to the journalist from the New Yorker and it just wasn't used in that anti-hybrid anti-breeder piece.

I think this journalist, Susanna Kim, did a fabulous job of presenting the facts and the pictures used just reinforce it. I think her interest/chosen angle was sparked when she contacted TICA and was directed to the Chausie, Savannah and Bengal breed chairs and got a different response than she expected. Both Bobbie (Chausie) and I were "is this related to the New Yorker article because we aren't interested"... when I explained how inaccurate and ill-researched the article was, she asked more questions and it went from there. This journalist is a Business writer, so my suspicion is that their interest was drawn by the huge pricetags quoted for the cats. I'm glad she didn't drop it when we corrected the misapprehension that all Savannahs cost in the five figure range!

I suggested she interview Kristine because she did have an interview with the New Yorker and it was ignored by them...and then suggested Marilyn when she said her editor wanted a feline behavioral therapist opinion. I didn't want her calling random people, better to talk to Marilyn who doesn't have an anti-hybrid agenda!

The Chausie breed group declined to participate, Cristy Bird has pointed out that this refusal to talk may have really helped our case, that maybe the fact that breeders were so upset about the New Yorker article that it was worth looking into...
 

Mrs.CC

Savannah Super Cat
#8
Great job! The photos were beautiful, too. So much for the "baby eating cat" theory, although I'm sure there will still be small minded people out there who will still believe what they want to.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#9
Yes, there most likely will always be the folk that prefer to believe that they are wild, dangerous animals. Those people will read websites like Big Cat Rescue's and fall for it hook, line and sinker :-(
 

Mischief

Savannah Super Cat
#10
I read the article and it was great. I'm hoping that the naysayers at my job either read the article or saw the interview on Good Morning America and realized that Savannahs aren't bad at all. In fact, my brother was down for Memorial Day week end and when he saw how sweet and well behaved my Savannah is kept saying to me "that is a Savannah"? I was hoping the next word out of his mouth would be he wanted one but the more positive publicity either through the media or word of mouth about our breed the better.