According to their Youtube video, “Two Otters Living in Hell – Then This Happened” Rebecca A. Rodriguez and her partner in their film production company, “Animal House”, ‘Dr.’ Daniel Allen, rescued two otters who they named Bubble and Squeak from an illegal wildlife market in Indonesia.
In fact Rebecca Rodriguez and Daniel Allen – shown here in screenshots from their video – purchased the otters from a market and did not set the them free because they intended to use them to help fundraise for their vanity film project, “Animal House TV”.
A sequence in the video shows one of the otters apparently being let out of its crate into a shower with an unknown person, likely to be Daniel Allen as he is shown in the next clip standing by the same shower with a clearly distressed otter in his arms, drying it off with a towel.
“Dr.” Daniel Allen has written a book about otters and claims to be an expert on them. We would like to ask these self-proclaimed animal experts and rescuers, is that the right way to treat a sensitive wild animal such as an otter which would have been severely traumatized by days, weeks or perhaps even months in highly unsatisfactory captivity? One would have thought that these so-called animal experts would have known better.
Is it surprising that the otters died?
We invite Rebecca Rodriguez and Daniel Allen to explain the circumstances of their actions.
More about how wrong this was and why the actions of these so-called ‘otter experts’ would have been likely to lead to the deaths of the otters in the following articles:
Two otters illegally purchased from illegal wildlife market by Rebecca Rodriguez and her expert team of “One Animal World” – now dead!
Cyber Animal Case Studies – Rebecca Rodriguez, Daniel Allen and the Two Otters
Text in Rebecca and Daniel’s Youtube video, “Two Otters Living in Hell – Then This Happened” asks people to support the animals of Indonesia and directs them to the many websites, Twitter and Facebook pages managed by Rebecca Rodriguez and Daniel Allen. There are many of these sites, and AnimalHouse.Tv, Animal Realities, Pet Nation, OneAnimalWorld.com, and Animals of Indonesia, are just some of them, where links to their fundraisers are posted.
Once again, we would like to invite Rebecca Rodriguez to explain how it came about that she is raising money for Bandung Zoo yet Bandung Zoo do not want anything to do with her? Surely if Rebecca was offering to help them by handing over some of the $52,338 in donations that she has raised in their name to help the animals in just one of her fundraisers, would they not welcome her with open arms as their benefactor? Rebecca claims she made them a ‘time-sensitive’ offer. Surely if that were true, and she had offered to give them money, would Bandung Zoo not have gratefully accepted her offer?
As can be seen in the preceding screenshot, Rebecca Rodriguez believes she should not have to hand over the funds she has raised in the name of Bandung Zoo without accountability and oversight from them. Yet Rebecca herself has been running several GoFundMe fundraisers with no accountability, oversight or transparency as to what she does with any of the funds she has raised.
In September 2017, Rebecca started a fundraiser for Mikey, an orphaned baby orangutan being kept alone in a small cage at an Indonesian wildlife park with no enrichment. Orangutans are sensitive family and socially oriented animals and keeping a baby like this could easily result in his death.
What is shocking about this is that Rebecca – through her ever-present sidekick P. Holmes – knew all about Mikey as far back as April 2017. Yet she has not to date handed over a single penny from the tens of thousands that she has raised in total with her various fundraisers for the Animals of Indonesia. It beggars belief how low a person who purports to care about animals can stoop to steal funds from an animal like Mikey in a predicament like this.
It is astonishing that in September 2017 Rebecca started another fundraiser apparently in aid of Mikey when she knew about him since April and had not handed over a single penny to help him. What’s the betting that Mikey will never see a single penny of that cash?
If the money does not go to Bandung Zoo, and not a single penny has until now, then what is done with the money? Is it kept in a bank somewhere, or has it been spent by Rebecca herself or shared out between herself and her major co-conspirator, ‘Dr.’ Daniel Allen?
Rebecca posted on her Facebook page that a two day trip to Indonesia with Daniel Allen in July 2017 had cost $10,000 in expenses, even though the air fare was paid with donated air miles. Would Rebecca care to tell us how that $10,000 was spent?
As well as exploiting the otters and the animals at Bandung Zoo who are already being helped by a competent and reputable charitable organisation, Rebecca and her sidekick, P. Holmes, have made the most of other opportunities and means available to them, such as petition platforms including Change.org and Care 2, to draw maximum attention to themselves, their film projects and their fraudulent fundraisers.
A screenshot of the more than fifty sponsors listed on the AnimalHouse.tv site
“Animal House TV” is run by Rebecca Rodriguez working in close partnership with ‘Dr’ Daniel Allen who stands accused of cynically exploiting the terrible situation for dogs caught up in the vile Yulin dog meat trade festival in China, and details can be seen here:
“Dr” Daniel Allen exploits Yulin dogs
We put his title ‘Dr.’ in inverted commas as when a member of the public sees the title ‘Dr.’ it is reasonable to assume that person is some kind of medical professional or an esteemed scientist graduating from a top university. That does not mean it is obnoxious to use the title ‘Dr.’ in academic circles but its overuse and constant use is not just misleading, but it could in some cases be an indicator of a narcissist.
‘Dr.’ Allen insists he is addressed by his title. He demands it in fact. correcting any member of the public who may get it wrong. He was even quoted in a tabloid citing the law (which he got wrong) using his title, deliberately deceiving the trusting public to think he was actually qualified in law.
Daniel Allen, having gained his qualification in the subject of “human geography”, is actually a first year teacher in the subject at Keele University which ranks 60 in The Times list of the best universities in the UK, and around 500 in the world, so hardly something to boast about. As far as we have been able to ascertain, Daniel Allen has no legal, no medical, or indeed any professional expertise whatsoever.
Clearly one of Daniel Allen’s star pupils:
Read more about the callous exploitation of the animals at Bandung Zoo by Rebecca Rodriguez and her team here:
Bandung Zoo issued a statement about Rebecca A. Rodriguez in June 2017
Please sign this petition to help stop Rebecca Rodriguez’s scam
Please check out GoFraudMe to see how GoFundMe do not act against fraudulent fundraisers. They ignore reports even when backed up by evidence, because the problem is so widespread – and they are themselves profiting from them.
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From “Mind the Gaffe” by R. L. Trask: “Academic Titles: If you hold an academic title such as Doctor or Professor, you should use that title only within the context of a university, and even then only in formal contexts. In all other contexts, calling yourself Dr Syvlia Horner or signing yourself Sylvia Horner PhD is pretentious and will suggest to many readers that you are a shallow and ostentatious phoney hoping to awe gullible people. Look at any serious book written by a real academic, and you will find the author’s title buried in small print in the brief paragraph giving his or her background and credentials.”
In June 2017, Rebecca Rodriguez visited Indonesia with one of her shady ‘team’, co-conspirator “Dr” Daniel Allen, for four days, where they were followed and photographed by those who are working to expose her. Rebecca was denied a meeting with Bandung Zoo, and has in fact not surprisingly been refused entry to every zoo in the country. She has been publicly accused of fraud by both concerned individuals and organisations and many have called for her arrest.
Rebecca Rodriguez claims when she left Indonesia she “…left the remainder of my team behind, keeping them concealed, so I can push through my agenda…”. That may be true, but it is more than likely just more of the same fabrications Rebecca habitually uses to maintain the fantasy world which props up her various fundraising tactics purportedly to help animals in zoos. Unfortunately Rebecca Rodriguez has a long history of collecting funds to help animals in zoos, particularly in Indonesia, but never handing over a single penny of those funds.
It is unforgiveable that Rebecca Rodriguez has targeted such vulnerable creatures as animals kept in zoos for her own self-promotion, and particularly for highly dubious and non-existent ‘film projects’. Rebecca has regrettably even resorted to vicious personal attacks on genuine rescuers, especially those who are actually helping the animals in those same zoos, in attempts to silence them or discredit them, thereby creating a smokescreen to hide her utterly reprehensible actions. The misappropriated funds amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars so let’s hope she and those of her ‘team’, Dr. Daniel Allen & Co. – who are all guilty of massive fraud – are arrested soon.