The homeowners of the animal park, featured in ‘Tiger King,’ have been ordered to turn over all of the lion and tiger cubs and their moms to the federal authorities.
MUSKOGEE, Okla — Editor’s Note: The video above is from August 2020.
A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the brand new homeowners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary to turn over all of the lion and tiger cubs of their possession, together with the animals’ moms, to the federal authorities.
U.S. District Judge John F. Heil III issued the order final week within the case towards Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park primarily based on claimed violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.
“The Lowes have showed a shocking disregard for both the health and welfare of their animals, as well as the law,” mentioned Acting Assistant Attorney General Jonathan D. Brightbill of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Jeffrey Lowe’s legal professional, Daniel Card of Oklahoma City, didn’t instantly reply to a message looking for remark.
The Lowes took over operations of the zoo, which was beforehand run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage — also referred to as Joe Exotic — and featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”
Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year sentence in a Fort Worth, Texas, federal jail for his conviction on fees that he participated in a murder-for-hire plot and violated federal wildlife legal guidelines. Maldonado-Passage has formally requested a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump.