‘Tiger King’ zoo closes after animal treatment investigation

‘Tiger King’ zoo closes after animal treatment investigation

By: AP |

Revealed: August 21, 2020 2:08:09 pm


The Better Wynnewood Unique Animal Park, beforehand run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage “often known as Joe Unique” turned well-known after being featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity.” (Representational)

The Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary has closed after federal authorities investigated it for alleged maltreatment of animals and suspended its licence.

The Better Wynnewood Unique Animal Park closed to the general public after the US Division of Agriculture on Monday suspended the exhibitor license for proprietor Jeff Lowe for 21 days.

The zoo, beforehand run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage “often known as Joe Unique” turned well-known after being featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity.”

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The Garvin County Sheriff’s Workplace and the USDA investigated the zoo after receiving a proper report that documented images displaying a lion with its ears lined in flies and one other with the ideas of its ears lined in blood.

However Lowe stated in a press release Tuesday that his license was suspended over a “litany of falsehoods.” He stated he plans to open a brand new park for personal filming for tv and streaming companies, KFOR-TV reported. “Relaxation assured that every one the animals will proceed to have glorious care,” Lowe stated.

Officers on the animal rights organisation Individuals for the Moral Therapy of Animals, known as PETA, say the images included within the report present lions affected by flystrike. On this situation, flies are often interested in uncleared animal waste, chew different animals and lay eggs on them, leading to hatched maggots consuming the pores and skin.

“PETA appears to be like ahead to seeing each one of many long-suffering animals on the G.W. Zoo be transferred to an acceptable facility the place it received’t take federal intervention for a sick cat to obtain veterinary care”, stated Brittany Peet, PETA Basis Deputy Basic Counsel for Captive Animal Regulation Enforcement.

An Indiana district court docket just lately ordered Lowe to supply veterinary information for the lions allegedly not being handled appropriately.

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