‘Hey all you cool cats and kittens, it’s time to vote!’: Tiger King star Carole Baskin encourages students at Heriot-Watt to take part in union elections

Star from the Netflix smash Tiger King has appeared in a video encouraging students from an Edinburgh University to take part in their upcoming union elections.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Carole Baskin has been enlisted by Heriot-Watt Student Union to encourage the University’s students to participate.

She uses her famous catch phrase to call “all you cool Heriot-Watt cats and kittens” to engage with the student union and make their voices heard.

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The Tiger King star is helping persuade students in Edinburgh to vote in their union election.

There are 45 students campaigning to be elected to one of 13 roles in this year’s Student Union election, which, due to covid-19 restrictions, will be held online for the first time.

The University is hoping to change the traditionally low voter turn out and stop the perception that student union elections is a popularity contest.

Heriot-Watt University Student Union Acting CEO Jamie Nutter says of the elections, “As an organisation, we exist to put students first, always.

"Heriot-Watt University Student Union is a student-led organisation here to empower our students, and the elections play a critical role in this.

"The roles candidates campaign night and day to be elected to provide them with a platform to advocate for the changes they and other students want to see in the world.

"Being elected is an opportunity for students to lead an organisation with over 10,000 members and have a real impact.”

Polls for the students close at 17:00 on Thursday March 11, with the results announced the following day.

Carole Baskin runs Big Cat Rescue in Florida and shot to fame after starring in a Netflix documentary on her rival, Tiger King Joe Exotic.

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