Wearing masks is a weird new part of daily life. Fortunately, one doesn't have to look like a surgeon to make their daily errand run while wearing a face mask. Carole Baskin has unveiled a line of some patterned coverings that will have you looking like a cat cool while you're out buying sardine oil.
The masks, which are sold through Tread 365, come in two patterns—one in leopard print and one in black—and both masks are of the dual-layered, tie variety that is increasingly being worn in public.
Each mask has Baskin's most oft-quoted saying, "Hey all you cool cats and kittens," with each selling for $11.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping out the big cats at the preserve. The rest of the proceeds will head toward supporting first-responders.
The idea behind the cool-looking cat masks was Baskin's brainchild, the founder of the Big Cat Rescue. That name might sound familiar if followed the story of Joe Exotic in the Netflix-hit, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. Baskin and her preserve were prominent features in the documentary.
While many Floridians have known of the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary near Tampa, many around the country first learned of the preserve through the Netflix special.
The rescue is the largest big cat sanctuary in the country and is dedicated to taking care of abused and abandoned big cats.
The proceeds from the cat masks will go a long way toward helping the reserve carry out its mission. With masks now being the new norm, people are searching for coverings that will look fashionable while keeping them safe.
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"Our new $CAT coin is not a currency for investment, but rather is a purr-ency of our fans to show their love for the cats and to reap the benefits of being our most forward-thinking partners in creating a world where all wild cats live free," said Baskin.
These cryptocurrencies provide access to exclusive activities presented by Big Cat Rescue, including access to live virtual chats with Carole Baskin along with discounts and early access to merchandise.
Florida is looking to ease government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions as cases slowly continue to drop and vaccines are administered across the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis, in a press conference on Monday, issued an executive order that immediately suspends all current local COVID-19 restrictions, while also signing a bill that will prohibit local governments from enforcing COVID-19 emergency orders, including mask mandates and social distancing requirements, starting July 1.
On top of the new order, DeSantis also reinforced his ban on "vaccine passports," saying it is unnecessary to be "policing people at this point."
"If you're saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data," he said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the order only prevents local governments from issuing COVID-19 restrictions, meaning local businesses and restaurants may still enforce restrictions such as mask mandates and/or social distancing precautions.