Rebecca Rodriguez of One Animal World and Animal House : Around the World, her accomplices/team members/friends – and the story of the Sun Bears of Bandung Zoo and the mystery of the missing donations!
This investigation began because the GoFundMe fundraiser for the sun bears of Bandung Zoo, created by Ms Rebecca Rodriguez was closed on 29 December 2017.
None of the GFM funds are accounted for, nor is there an accurate tally of total donations received of direct contributions. To date, not a single named beneficiary has received even $1 from this fundraiser. We guestimate around $65000 USD was raised in total. Where is the fiscal accountability? Simply, where has the money disappeared to?
This is a complicated, convoluted story spanning the globe, multiple individuals and organizations. We trust you will stay on this journey with us as it might seem tedious at times.
The massive plans and deception perpetrated needs to be unveiled as scamming the public with concerns of “animals in crisis situations” to raise donations has reached epidemic proportions.
This is about identifying the underlying motives of people who consider themselves “animal advocates” who seem to be saying one thing to the public, but doing the opposite in reality behind the scenes, never believing anyone would investigate their claims.
This is about Rebecca A. Rodriguez of One Animal World and Animal House : Around the World – http://www.oneanimalworld.com initially registered as a for-profit company and subsequently registered as a charity “One Animal World Foundation”. More to come on the explanation of the widespread manipulation of various intermingled companies, organizations, LLCs and charities.
Ms Rodriguez used a 2 years old video and related pictures of “starving” sun bears of Bandung Zoological Gardens and other animals to spearhead her fundraiser, allegedly for the animals featured in said video.
The GoFundMe fundraiser for the “starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo” –
hitched onto the back of a Change.org petition started several months ago for the President of Indonesia to shut down Bandung Zoo –
Both the GoFundMe fundraiser and the Change.org petition are severely and fatally flawed with massive, purposeful, fraudulent, slanderous information and alleged “facts”. These platforms were used to manipulate the public into donating to fund a mission that was dishonest and to bolster a petition that was mendacious and misleading. Furthermore, the video footage used was a sting video produced by a then member of an Indonesian-based wildlife trafficking organization -Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group – His name is Marison Guciano.
More on Guciano and his direct relationship with Rebecca Rodriguez to follow.
The sting video of the “starving Sun Bears of Bandung Zoo” was produced in June 2016! Interestingly, Marison Guciano who produced the sting video had already met with the Management of Bandung Zoo at the time and acknowledged the sun bears were not starving. However, Marison Guciano purposefully released and re-released the sting video no less than 20 times, asking for donations to Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group every time!
More on this organization later.
Marison Guciano orchestrated yet another sting video at Bandung Zoo which he alleges a “colleague” filmed whilst just happening to be the individual who mysteriously appeared with a video camera at the exact moment a lit cigarette was tossed into the enclosure of Kalimatan Orangutan named Ozone. Ozone is filmed, rather than helped. Ozone was burnt by this act!
A carefully crafted set-up once again attempting to tarnish the reputation of Bandung Zoo!
Guciano, like his colleage Rodriguez, is another wannabe animal advocate who has jumped around from and within various organizations. Conveniently and mysteriously, it was Guciano who produced the sting video of “the starving sun bears” of Bandung Zoo who suddenly happened on another sting video of the same zoo. Hmmmm, the chances of his colleague being there at the ready with a camera, highly suspicious and questionable. The chances of his colleague literally “over nighting” the video for dissemination via the media also highly suspicious and questionable.
Interestingly, Guciano has suddenly now quit Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group and has gone to work for Rebecca Rodriguez and suddenly has miraculously appeared as the Founder of IAWS!
via IAWS! If people are willing to hurt an animal to get their name out into the media as an “animal advocate” of all things – is absolutely illegal and outrageous!
What kind of person hurts an animal for a photo op?
The factually incorrect and slanderous petition created by Ms W P Ooi Holmes or P Holmes of Ben Avon, Pennsylvania which is nearing 1 million signatures, and the conjoined factually incorrect and slanderous GoFundMe fundraiser created by Rebecca Rodriguez of La Center, Washington, has inspired and incited continued, purposeful and on-going worldwide hatred of and confusion towards the Bandung Zoo in Indonesia, a registered Australian organisation named, Conservation and Environmental Education 4 Life (Cee4life http://www.cee4life.org), Taman Safari Bogor, the country of Indonesia, the city of Bandung, volunteers and multiple supporters of CEE4Life.
The big question is obviously WHY would these 2 individuals create and set up such a seemingly devious and cunning plan? And why target a Zoo who is clearly committed to improving conditions at the Zoo and for it’s animals? There are 61 zoos in all of Indonesia. Bandung Zoo is currently rated 14 out of 61. Why this zealous specific targeted attack??? Currently Bandung Zoo is one of the only zoos in the whole of Indonesia committed to implementing the 5 freedoms for their animals and massive upgrades have been on-going for many months already.
Well, simplistically, to understand the plan you have to unmask the individuals behind these 2 critical acts. Our focus will be specifically on the 2 identified individuals initially – Ms Rodriguez and Ms Holmes and later on, Ms Rodriguez’s other accomplices.
Who is P Holmes (aka W P Ooi Holmes, Py Holmes, Ooi Holmes, Poop Holmes. Pyoh Holmes, Poo Holmes and several variations of that name), the Change.org petition organizer?
Our investigation led us to uncover a Malaysian/Chinese individual residing in Ben Avon, Pennsylvania who appeared to be a serial petition writer and organizer.
Further investigation revealed Ms Holmes has no formal or informal qualifications regarding animal welfare or any specialized knowledge of Indonesian animals or wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. She apparently likes sewing and gardening. It can be inferred thus, Ms Holmes would not be qualified to create or update on an Indonesian Zoo she has never even visited or “animal issues” at said Zoo and is not competent to do so!
Is this a joke?
Furthermore, even on her opening statement on the original content of her Change.org petition- it seems Ms Holmes purposefully laced the petition with outright, blatant lies and misinformation! For instance, the giraffe that died with 40lbs of trash in it’s stomach was not at Bandung Zoological Gardens. The giraffe was at Surabaya Zoological Gardens. Wrong Zoo!
Also, Ms Holmes wrote “The Bandung Zoo has been coined Indonesia’s death Zoo”! This is also incorrect. It is “Surabaya Zoo” that was given that moniker. Wrong Zoo!
To further her agenda of hatred towards Bandung Zoological Gardens and the work of Cee4Life.org, Ms Holmes created a fake page on Facebook and purposefully joined Bandung Zoological Gardens with Surabaya Zoo. This promoted further loathing of Bandung Zoo as Surabaya Zoo has one of the worst reputations of any Zoo in Indonesia. By intermingling the two, Ms Holmes purposefully fanned the flames of hatred.
We also established that Ms Holmes, purposefully directed members of the public to leave bad reviews for Bandung Zoo, which is highly illegal and is currently being investigated by Google.
Why would anyone do such a hateful and illegal thing?
Note the carefully crafted, specific wording of multiple (majority) reviews. It is all identical. How did multiple individuals, spanning the globe, come up with the exact same wording in their “independent review”?
There is clear evidence of a horrible conspiracy by nefarious individuals -purposefully to defame Bandung Zoo and it’s associates!
“This is horrid place and does not deserve to be called a “zoo.” Animals are in awful conditions, starving and so unhealthy, and are expected to live their lives like this. All people who care and support creatures on our planet need to call for the immediate release and relocation of these creatures to safe preserves where they may live out their lives in an environment conducive to their well-being. This Indonesian zoo in Bandung is a total disgrace and the people who run it and their government ought to be punished accordingly. Can you IMAGINE emaciated bears begging for food from people who go to this zoo? STOP going to this zoo. The circumstances are torturous for the zoo’s inhabitants. The filth and squalor the animals are forced to survive in also forces them to wait for death to give them any relief. Beyond disgusting, this is abhorrent, reprehensible, inexcusable, indefensible and totally unjustifiable to treat these living creatures in such a cruel manner. This zoo must be closed.”
Apparently, despite repeated attempts to advise Ms Holmes (and Ms Rodriguez) that her Petition was grossly misleading, factually incorrect, slanderous and defamatory, she/they persisted. It’s also confusing to note this petition was started many, many months ago but only seemed to gain traction when it was joined to Ms Rodriguez’s fundraiser.
We can only surmise that infamy and acknowledgement of her existence is behind Ms Holme’s Petition. Or, she might have been promised either access to a certain percentage of Ms Rodriguez’s fundraiser or to appear in a film produced by Ms Rodriguez. We simply cannot understand this apparently irrational relationship nor the real intentions of Ms Holmes.
Who is Rebecca Rodriguez (Rebecca A. Rodriguez, Beccy Rodriguez, Beccy Tomzak and several variations of those names) the GoFundMe fundraiser creator/organizer?
This is an extremely complicated investigation, unravelling multiple registered organizations and charities and spans 20 years. There is proof of an alarming pattern of misleading the public to raise funds to fund Rodriguez’s many “projects”.
Ms Rodriguez, we discovered, is a self-proclaimed “animal advocate”, “critically acclaimed” filmmaker and aspiring actress.
Research revealed she has no qualifications pertaining to wildlife, wildlife rescue, animal rehabilitation, animal welfare or Indonesia protocol or Indonesian wildlife. The truth is there no evidence of any recognized animal-welfare experience whatsoever. We have ascertained she left school at age 16.
Her main impetus has been focused on attempts to appear on TV and or her YouTube channel by producing TV/Film content on animal-related issues via various platforms, namely appearing in video production on YouTube and producing one sizzle reel called “Animal House”, also released via YouTube, on rebuilding an animal shelter hopefully for widespread TV production and dissemination. How many other people across the world are stars of their own YouTube Channel??
We uncovered one of her “critically acclaimed” films was about a floating piece of poo in a toilet bowl that could not or would not be flushed away! It’s a film called “Floater” produced in 2000. Another supposed “critically acclaimed” film was “Soul Collectors”. This is a film about 2 men named Phil and Ed who attempt to convince a woman that she is dead. Both these films were produced in one week-end!
She had limited acknowledgement for the lacklustre films she produced over several years. In 2015 Ms Rodriguez produced a sizzle reel for an idea she had to rebuild failing animal shelters/pounds. She based this on an idea from 1989 when she assisted the people on the island of Guam. This was produced under the name of “Animal House”. The idea was being submitted to Animal Planet and NatGeo to potentially create and produce an entire series of the same name. Neither TV production companies picked up the idea and it was binned due to lack of interest. We have also learnt Ms Rodriguez recently approached Animal Planet again, proferring the “Animal House” idea. Again, it has been binned.
Subsequent investigations revealed a troubling jumble of bewilderment by individuals associated with the production of “Animal House”. Several individuals were targeted and threatened with legal action by Ms Rodriguez for their truthful revealing of what can only be described as a quagmire of lies and confusion by staff on the set of “Animal House” and other individuals who questioned the integrity and honesty of her various fundraising platforms and film production goals. Why this is important we will reveal later.
One such lady who worked with Ms Rodriguez on the “set” of “Animal House” was Ms Sandy Dye Carbaugh who publically vented on Facebook about all she had endured by being affiliated with Ms Rodriguez and working on this nightmarish project.
However, to fully understand who Ms Rodriguez really is, one has to investigate her past efforts to raise funds to underwrite her ideas and ultimate goal of appearing on television.
We researched further and found multiple platforms and attempts to raise funds to fund Rodriguez’s projects, ideas, dreams and lifestyle!
First, we found http://www.femaleoutrage.com, which has subsequently been removed from the world-wide web. However, trace of it can still be seen. Ms Rodriguez wanted the public to fund her march to Washington for women who voted for Trump. Her targeted goal for producing this film? $40 000!!!! It has been determined nobody donated and the idea quickly disappeared from public view.
We then stumbled upon the use of the site http://www.patreon.com wherein once again, Ms Rodriguez under the guise of “One Animal World” asked the public to donate to fund her “love of animals”! Now I don’t know about you but millions of people across the globe love animals but they don’t ask the public to fund their love!
Again it can be noted no funds were donated by any member of the public. Generally, “animal advocates” are self-funded and work with and for animals without trying to raise capital to do it.
We then uncovered “Animal Centric” via “Animal Time TV” in 2015 on YouTube, using the search terminology “Animal House TV”. This once again featured Ms Rodriguez with her best friend Ms Alycia Barlow Hadfield, again calling for funds using the Patreon platform to fund Rodriguez’s “project” and “love of animals” : http://www.patreon.com/animalcentric
Again, it should be noted no funds were donated by any member of the public. Please also note the limited number of “views” – a clear indication said individuals were not known by the public and definitely not popular.
They appeared once again to simply be 2 “animal advocates” trying to produce film on “animal issues” and attempting to raise funds to do so. Apparently the public didn’t seem very responsive or interested in her proposed ideas and projects she was trying to get off the ground. Rodriguez has been trying for years and years to get the public to pay her to live out her dreams. Why Rodriguez cannot get a job, save up and then fund her projects is unknown.
Currently in existence are several other fundraisers for projects Ms Rodriguez is wanting to get off the ground. One such fundraiser is yet another GoFundMe fundraiser created by Ms Rebecca Rodriguez. It is purportedly to assist the animals left behind after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
It can be found here : https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-maria-animal-fund
We also have stumbled upon a strange relationship with Barks of Hope based in Puerto Rico for which Ms Rodriguez also accepts direct payment/contributions. How does Barks of Hope keep track of donations made to Ms Rodriguez? How does IRS track these donations? Why would Barks of Hope allow an individual supposedly not recognized as an affiliate legally, to accept money on their behalf?
There is also clear evidence of Ms Rodriguez being behind the http://www.barksofhope.us web domain registration, further proof of their established “relationship”. This is a strange dynamic that needs to be closely examined. It would appear Ms Rodriguez is much more involved with Barks of Hope than she leads the public to believe. We cannot understand the relationship but it needs to be investigated.
The Barks of Hope situation expose will be revealed via a different report.
Thus, throughout her life Ms Rodriguez has attempted on multiple occasions to raise public donations to fund her lifestyle and filmmaking dreams and endeavours to appear on television.
All of these previous attempts show a disconcerting pattern of behaviour of trying to get the public to donate their hard-earned cash to fund Rodriguez’s dreams and lifestyle, but more importantly reveals that, until Ms Rodriguez used the video of the “starving sun Bears of Bandung Zoo” and created a fundraiser on their behalf, she remained, simply, one more “animal advocate” in a pile of unknown members of the public. Essentially, she is merely some unknown individual living in Washington, USA.
Rebecca A. Rodriguez’s multiple, complicated, inter-linked “names”, “web sites”, “Facebook Pages”, “LLC registrations”, “Twitter Accounts” and more, all seemingly created to provide Ms Rodriguez with an air of legitimacy and competency and apparently, an easy way to confuse a willing public. Please note, a number of these pages/items have been edited and updated and continue to be updated over time causing further confusion. Still more have been deleted or unpublished.
Animal Centric – Formed with Alycia Barlow Hadfield of Vancouver, Washington.
Animal House on Facebook
Animal House TV
Animal House TV/Animal House Gen 1
Animal House International – Formed with Tracy Kleber, a United States citizen currently residing in Fasano, Italy.
Animal Time TV – Owned and operated by Ms Rodriguez to produce “quality entertainment for awesome, animal people”.
And revamped and updated to :
Animal House TV
Animals of Indonesia on Facebook – disbanded after “mission” failed.
One Animal World – first listed as a subsidiary of RebRod LLC – a for profit company owned and operated by Ms Rodriguez
assimilated donations from her GoFundMe fundraiser for the sun bears and other named beneficiaries,
despite registering a Charity on 3rd February 2017 – prior to the creation of the fundraiser for the sun bears
– which would have attached very specific conditions and fudiciary accountability as required under the Charity laws in the USA. Simply why did Rodriguez not use her Charity to amass the donations? Why did she use her for-profit Company RebRod LLC to siphon the funds into?
Exactly why did Ms Rodriguez not make use of “One Animal World Foundation” Charity to amass the donations from http://www.gofundme.com/animalsofindonesia ?
It would appear she purposefully used “One Animal World” and “RebRod LLC” specifically. These are very important questions with serious implications and are critical and vital evidence as to her real intentions and integrity.
The name “One Animal World” and it’s associated web pages and Facebook accounts have been updated to make use of the “Charity” status vs a business known just as “One Animal World”. Why this is important will be revealed later.
Then Rebecca Rodriguez created a Charity based in Washington named “One Animal World Foundation” in early February 2017. See above.
And is now calling for further donations to the now registered “One Animal World Foundation” Charity.
The public have now unwittingly been led to believe that their donations previously given for http://www.gofundme.com/sunbearsindonesia was given to a Charity which adds a form of safety and implies legitimacy and accountability, and not a for-profit company with the same name.
Ms Rodriguez continues to use http://www.oneanimalworld.com but it no longer references in any way, the original “One Animal World”’s for profit status!
Ostensibly having confused the public, Ms Rodriguez via http://www.oneanimalworld.com has switched to high gear and has highly publicized the Charity status and asks for donations for some already completed and finalized projects.
Why would she be asking for donations to fund goals/missions already completed/finalized? This is outright lying and highly fraudulent!
For instance “Building a reading house in Sumatra”. This project was already finished/completed around November 2017 last year. All trace of the actual building and construction of the reading house in Aceh Sumatra in conjunction with Scorpion Monitor Org has been removed by Ms Rodriguez.
Yet now asking for donations for the “reading house” under “projects”
Also, other projects are being “highlighted” and Ms Rodriguez is calling for funds for the dogs of Fasano Italy.
It has been ascertained by independent reports that Ms Rodriguez has no direct impact or involvement with said dogs other than getting her team member to photograph the dogs. Why would Ms Rodriguez attempt to raise funds for a shelter in Fasano Italy that will not and cannot accept her alleged help?
Ms Rodriguez wrote that she had spent several months working to inspire/work with the Mayor of Fasano and there were individuals who had “undermined her influence”!
Ms Rodriguez had no influence and continues to have no influence on the dogs of Fasano Italy. Yet she continues to insist under her current One Animal World projects section, wherein she asks you to donate, that she is somehow involved with this issue. She is not in any way involved with the building of a new Pound and has zero influence over the Mayor.
The Mayor of Fasano has had no dealings with Ms Rodriguez whatsoever and has spoken out and released a public statement regarding the 150 dogs currently being held in the pound including current and future developments. By all means lets put some pressure on the Mayor of Fasano to help these dogs but don’t pretend you’re somehow involved with the project and ask for MONEY from the public!!!!!
Thus is must be again inferred that this a ploy to target the public with gut-wrenching tails of abuse and neglect, whilst raising funds for fabricated “projects” that will never transpire and for which Rodriguez is not responsible for or involved in!
It seems to us that Ms Rodriguez and her associate Ms Holmes truly believes they are in a position of power and hold authority over other countries, their Mayors and oftentimes their Presidents!
There is even a fundraiser plea to support Ms Rodriguez’s activities as a “foster parent” under “projects”! Yes really. We unearthed this whilst analysing her latest update on the page http://www.oneanimalworld.com
Again, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of individuals all over the world who foster animals. They do not ask for donations to do so. This is done as a “sign of love” and commitment to animals by the public on their own dime!
This exact same ploy has been used under “Animal Centric”!
And then there’s the NEW “Indonesian” mission. Ms Rodriguez asks you to donate in order to produce educational materials on humane education (whatever that means but implies FILM PRODUCTION), “speciality projects” (whatever that really means, more FILM PRODUCTION) and “pressure campaigns” (and again yet more FILM PRODUCTION) – we assume some kind of watchdog group PRODUCING FILM and TV SERIES, but really, what does that mean precisely?
Furthermore, Rodriguez already raised $65 000 for the “animals of Indonesia” via her http://www.gofundme.com/sunbearsindonesia and not one animal in that campaign received $1 so what has Rodriguez done with $65 000 for the animals of Indonesia????? Has it already been utilized on international trips last year that Rodriguez took with her best friend Alycia Barlow Hadfield???? Any of that money helped any animal anywhere in the world?????
We also wonder what happened to Ms Rodriguez’s claims that she was “building a new enclosure for 2 sun bears named Tegan and Bedhu”, for which she happily called for and embraced public’s donations for this project.
Currently the new sun bear enclosure for Tegan and Behu does not even feature under One Animal World’s current projects. This is all OUTRAGEOUS!
Very troubling indeed.
What areas of expertise is Ms Rodriguez qualified to act as a “watchdog group” for Indonesia? We have scrutinized all records and Ms Rodriguez has absolutely no qualifications and more worryingly, no experience whatsoever with “Indonesian animals” that would ordinarily be required for someone to assimilate, analyse and scrutinize conditions of animals in Indonesia.
Also, none of her “team” members she flew to Bandung Zoo Indonesia, have any related qualifications whatsoever either. We fail to understand why Ms Rodriguez believes she is competent to analyse anything with regard to Indonesia!
Ms Rodriguez in her earlier GoFundMe campaign made some highly idiotic and ridiculous claims and embarrassing statements. For instance, apparently there was a sun bear who appeared to be lactating at Bandung Zoo, but no cub seen, there were 28 zoos in Indonesia (there are 61). The sun bears apparently were starving and eating their own feces. She made numerous embarrassing snafus exposing her lack of professional education and credentials. Her alleged, current projects are purposefully misleading and no precise, unambiguous, well-laid out plans are listed for which she can be held accountable.
The only manner in which Ms Rodriguez can gain access to Indonesian Zoos, illegal wildlife trafficking markets and animal exploitation in the country of Indonesia is if she coughs up a large sum of money for her “investigative spies” on the ground, the same ones that she admitted to sending to Bandung Zoo last year. We have been advised Ms Rodriguez is currently being investigated in Indonesia by Authorities who were approached by Bandung Zoo officials regarding the fundraiser.
A complete look at the multiple LLCs registered by Ms Rodriguez. Please note all data and information we have assembled is already in the public domain and is not considered private :
An in-depth analysis into the goals and objectives of the http://www.GoFundMe.com/sunbearsindonesia fundraiser :
Firstly, of critical importance, pre-dating the creation of http://www.gofundme.com/sunbearsindonesia, both Ms Rodriguez and Ms Holmes received communiqué from independent Wildlife organizations based both in the UK and USA, that the sun bears of Bandung Zoo were not and had never been starving in early 2017.
They were also further informed that both PKBSI – Indonesian Zoo and Aquariums government arm and Taman Safari Bogor together with an Australian-based NGO named Cee4Life.org were already working to improve the conditions of the animals of Bandung Zoo, including the sun bears. Massive enclosure upgrades were underway and pivotal educational programmes were being held. Multiple aspects of Bandung Zoological Gardens were undergoing modernisation and advancement.
Secondly, Ms Rodriguez’s GoFundMe fundraiser for Bandung Zoo was never sanctioned by the owners and management of Bandung Zoo. In fact, nobody in the “animal world” had ever even heard the name of Ms Rodriguez. She was unknown in USA and most certainly unknown in Indonesia!
We don’t know about you, reading this report, but try raising funds for the animals being rescued by Four Paws or PETA without their prior knowledge and or consent. I’m sure in no time at all you would be investigated for fraud. Also, we are quite sure legally, you would be forced to hand over any donations you had acquired on their behalf or spend time behind bars!
In fact, it came to Bandung Zoo’s attention that Ms Rodriguez had created a fundraiser for the animals of Bandung Zoo who then in turn reached out to the Australian-based NGO, Cee4Life.org – the zoo’s English-speaking partner – to communicate with Ms Rodriguez and ask if she would partner with them to expedite the upgrades and improvements being undertaken by the Zoo. Cee4Life.org at no time asked Ms Rodriguez to hand over the funds directly.
Thirdly, Ms Rodriguez named the fundraiser platform after the sun bears, she repeatedly and specifically used the terminology “starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo” on Twitter for instance and also used by her colleagues repeatedly stating “Please donate to the starving sun bears” and promoted the sting video produced in June 2016 by Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group along with imagery of the “dire conditions” for the sun bears.
Please read through the updates very carefully about specifically how the money would be for the benefit of the sun bears and animals! It was ALL LIES!! NONE OF THE ANIMALS IN THE CAMPAIGN EVEN RECEIVED $1!!
Furthermore, she claimed the “starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo” would receive vital and critical assistance. The sun bears were repeatedly and obviously named as the beneficiary of the campaign. At one point Ms Rodriguez even claimed “the sun bears appreciate you”.
The resulting commentary by the public on the GoFundMe platform, also added a level of corroboration that in general, people donating assumed their funds would somehow be specifically given or utilized for and on behalf of the sun bears of Bandung Zoo!
See P Holmes (the petition creator) in her own words stating “HELP FOR THE STARVING SUN BEARS”. Well, where is that help?
Fourthly, what is absolutely vital to note is nobody other than Ms Rodriguez’s “team” were privy to the real plans and intentions of the fundraiser and what the real motives were “to assist the sun bears of Bandung Zoo”! This is of highly critical significance as it reveals Ms Rodriguez never, ever intended to part with $1 to directly assist the starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo.
We are now fully aware why Ms Rodriguez refused to join with Cee4Life.org and Bandung Zoo. She created a fabricated, carefully-crafted “reason of refusal” after a “strange offer of help” as to why the $45000 raised at the time could not be given for the benefit of the sun bears.
Confusingly, the sun bears’ enclosure was about to be upgraded so if Ms Rodriguez didn’t want to “hand over the funds directly” as she alleged, citing possible misuse of the funds, why wouldn’t she pay directly for building materials and associated costs with contruction of the new enclosure?
She suddently attached several new contingent terms and conditions with regard to the funds. These t & c’s were never mentioned on the initial fundraiser. Even with the “new contingent terms and conditions” Ms Rodriguez could easily have assisted the sun bears if those were her real intentions! (ie the sun bear enclosure building and upgrade). Furthermore, Ms Rodriguez may not withhold the donations from the named beneficiary/ies. It is not in her legal capacity to do so under GoFundMe’s t & c. So people, where is the money??? The donations??? AWOL that’s where!!
Ms Rodriguez claims Bandung Zoo refused her offer! Why would Bandung Zoo say no to $45 000 when they had almost immediate plans to upgrade the sun bear’s enclosures? (And the Elephant enclosures and the Tiger enclosures!) That is totally illogical and an outright lie!
Unbeknown to the public, Cee4Life.org and Bandung Zoo, Ms Rodriguez had “other plans” for the funds she raised. The truth is Ms Rodriguez never wanted to part with donations unless she could do so on her terms. What did that mean?
At that time the tally stood around $45000 excluding direct contributions. Ms Rodriguez’s plans were only uncovered when her associate/team member and Change.org petition creator Ms P Holmes, revealed via Twitter, the actual objectives.
Ms Rodriguez’s real plans were never to utilize the funds to directly help the sun bears. Her real intentions were to facilitate the removal and relocation of the sun bears to sanctuaries in the USA and turn the story into a TV/film production.
This claim is further backed up by an analysis of her “team members” and the succeeding, on-going changes to the GoFundMe fundraiser of which the beneficiaries and plans seemingly changed before our very eyes. More on the “team members” later.
We now had hard proof that Ms Rodriguez, using cleverly worded updates, posted on http://www.gofundme.com/sunbearsindonesia and regurgitated via Ms P Holmes’s Change.org petition to close Bandung Zoo, never, ever had any intention whatsoever of really assisting the Bandung Zoo’s sun bears!
The campaign continually changed.
Even the original wording from the campaign’s inception was changed repeatedly to cover up certain promises and claims by Ms Rodriguez. The campaign “evolved” throughout it’s history. The named beneficiaries throughout the campaign were :
1) “Starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo”
2) “animals of Bandung Zoo”
3) Mikey (Mikail) the orphaned juvenile Orangutan based in Sumatra at Kandi Wildlife Park
4) “animals of Indonesia” an unidentifiable, unrecognized, ambiguous “entity”
5) New enclosure construction for “Tegan and Bedhu”
There is undoubtedly absolute confirmation that these funds were earmarked for the Sun Bears. The campaign however, suddenly “evolved” when Ms Rodriguez’s attempts at removing the sun bears were thwarted when she was denied access to Bandung Zoo.
Not only did Ms Rodriguez ask for donations to be given for the sun bears and animals at Bandung Zoo, she specifically updated the fundraiser with a pleas for multiple animals using random pictures of Tiger cubs and Elephants and also asked for funds/donations to be given for an abandoned, juvenile orangutan named Mikey (Mikail) situate at Kandi Wildlife Park in Sumatra and sun bears Tegan and Bedhu who needed a new enclosure!
We do not know how much the public gave believing their funds would benefit Mikey either in http://www.gofundme.com/sunbearsindonesia campaign or in the subsequent fundraiser Ms Rodriguez created for Mikey. We unravelled even more worrying information regarding what specifically the funds “earmarked for Mikey” actually entailed!
Ms Rodriguez started a separate fundraiser for an on behalf of Mikey with a goal of $7000, hoping to film the construction of a new enclosure and fly a team over to Sumatra to do it.
Again, of critical importance to note is Ms Rodriguez’s GoFundMe campaign had reached almost $50000 in donations and an additional approximately $10000 in direct contributions. She was in a direct position of funding the new enclosure for Mikey in its entirety without further delay. She ignored his desperate plea for help and kept all the donations given to assist him! NO MONEY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO HELP MIKEY! NOT $1!!
Furthermore it was subsequently discovered that a full enclosure upgrade for Mikey would only cost around $3700. So why the fundraising target of $7000?
Finally, Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group who had been associated with Ms Rodriguez published that Ms Rodriguez had only pledged a total of $375 to Mikey!!!!!!!!!! This again raising the alarming question of why Ms Rodriguez needed $7000? We infer that Ms Rodriguez had plans to film the construction and upgrade of an enclosure for Mikey which would entail the costs of Ms Rodriguez’s “team members” associated with such a production.
To date, none of the beneficiaries named in Ms Rodriguez’s various GoFundMe campaigns has been given or are in receipt of any of the funds.
Ms Rodriguez has served, via the internet, “cease and desist” orders to her whistleblowers. Ms Rodriguez even apparently accused said whistleblowers of extortion! To be clear, we should point out that holding someone accountable for the promises they made and their legal obligations in terms of a fundraiser is NOT extortion!
What is the purpose of a fundraiser?
A fundraiser is created to raise public donations to fund named beneficiaries.
What is the purpose of naming a beneficiary?
A beneficiary is named so the public may clearly identify the “receiver” (beneficiary) of money donated. Usually either specifically identified animals or individuals they are donating to.
Legally, a campaign organizer has to fulfil their obligations.
The organizer many not “pick and choose” which of the named beneficiaries may or may not receive donations given by the public.
If the organizer raised funds for and on behalf of specifically identified entities, the organizer must realize these obligations.
The organizer may also not privately profit from the fundraiser.
Thus, holding Ms Rodriguez legally accountable for her obligations in terms of this fundraiser, is not and can never be considered extortion!
Ms Rodriguez raised a total of $53 531.
It is unknown at this time how much was raised in direct contributions. We do know that around the $11 500 mark, $2500 was received via direct contributions.
We assume, therefore an approximate additional $12500 has been received by Ms Rodriguez, also unaccounted for.
THAT WOULD BE A GRAND TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY $66 031 USD UNACCOUNTED FOR.
Summary thus far of the illegitimate GoFundMe fundraiser and flawed Change.org Petition :
GoFundMe violations :
Funds not delivered to beneficiaries
No defamation of organizations and individuals is allowed
Privately profiting from fundraiser
No violation of international and local law
Change.org violations :
Defamation of organizations and individuals
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Who are Ms Rodriguez’s professional “team members” for her “Indonesian mission”?
Her “team members” are actually a collection of friends with whom she worked on the sizzle reel of “Animal House”.
Who are these “qualified team of experts” and what are their fields of relevant expertise and training with regard to Indonesia and Indonesian animals, if any? Most are completely unknown and unheard of in the animal welfare arena.
Alycia Hadfield aka Alycia Barlow Hadfield is another “team member”.
Qualifications? Zero! Ms Barlow operates “Pacific Animal Society” an almost completely unknown organization in Washington. She is not really known in the animal welfare community. She does love animals, so I guess that makes her an expert.
“Dr” Daniel Allen – is an “Otter specialist” residing in the UK. He is also, by his own admission, not opposed to Zoos! One immediately garners respect for this person as he’s a “Doctor” right? Nope! Not in the “medical sense”! He has a PhD in human geography! It gets better. “Daniel’s doctoral research explored, ‘The cultural and historical geographies of otter hunting in Britain, 1830-1939’ and he is referred to as “The Otter Man for obvious reasons.
Miguel Abi-Hassan has a degree in occupational psychology. However, an occupational psychologist is someone who studies the behaviour o
f people at work. We have no idea what this has to do with animals.
Also Hassan, in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the Halifax Humane Society is involved in an investigation into “missing rabbits” who are thought to have been given to a “predator facility” as food.
Internationally, Rebecca Rodriguez’s actions and intentions have been publically questioned with regards to her Sun Bears’ campaign and people all over the world are finally paying attention! Ms Rodriguez seems to believe if she disappears behind a veil of silence she has no accountability to fulfil her obligations either legally or morally.
Latest independent news and expose of Ms Rodriguez can be found here –
WE HAVE FOUND SEVERAL CURRENT FUNDRAISERS BY REBECCA A. RODRIGUEZ ALL AGAIN CALLING FOR THE PUBLIC TO DONATE THEIR HARD EARNED CASH TO FUND HER LIFESTYLE, DREAMS AND PROJECTS! To date, none of the animals featured as beneficiaries have benefitted in ANY WAY from her FUNDRAISERS. Donate at your own peril.