‘Tiger King’s’ Carole Baskin issues $CAT cryptocurrency

Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue in Florida who gained notoriety on the Netflix documentary “Tiger King,” is entering the cryptocurrency economy with a token alternative she calls $CAT.

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Baskin created the digital fan token earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“$CAT is not a currency nor investment, but rather is a purr-ency and the first of its kind as a fan token for supporters of Big Cat Rescue,” the group said in a news release.

The tokens are available at $5 and offer holders exclusive access to the rescue facility, conversations with Baskin and discounts on merchandise. The non-fungible tokens will be available in coming weeks. It joins five other animal-themed tokens including Dogecoin (dog), TrueFlip (dolphin), Nyancoin (cat), Pandacoin (panda) and Neucoin (squirrel).

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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,” Baskin said in a statement.

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Baskin gained fame from the documentary, which detailed the dispute between her and Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage. He is currently serving 22 years in federal prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Baskin. She was awarded control of Maldonado-Passage’s zoo last June.

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