Tiger King Park, the wild Joe Exotic-founded zoo covered extensively in Netflix‘s hit docuseries Tiger King, has come to a close, permanently. This news comes just a little over a month after losing in court to Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, who filed against Exotic for a $1 million USD trademark infringement lawsuit.
The closure was issued by the United States Department of Agriculture for multiple animal welfare violations. Owner Jeff Lowe announced the closure of the zoo on Facebook. While voluntarily forfeiting his exhibitor’s license, Lowe accused the USDA of falling under the “pressures of PETA,” the animal rights group, claiming “false accusations” were set against him. Animals held at the park will “no longer be subject to USDA inspections or PETA spies,” noted Lowe in the post. Lowe, however, is planning on opening up a new park in Thackerville, Oklahoma, to be used as a “private film set for Tiger King related television content for cable and streaming services.”
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