Jeff Lowe, who appeared in Tiger King and took over the zoo featured within the Netflix hit, has been accused by the US authorities of cruelty to animals there.
The Division of Justice has sued Mr Lowe and his spouse Lauren, alleging “recurring inhumane remedy and improper dealing with” of tigers and lions.
Mr Lowe hasn’t commented however has beforehand accused the federal government of creating “false accusations” in opposition to him.
He took over the Oklahoma zoo from his ex-business accomplice Joe Unique in 2016.
Better Wynnewood Unique Animal Park, which housed greater than 230 tigers and lions, has been focused in a collection of inspections by the USA Division of Agriculture (USDA).
Mr Lowe has mentioned the company had bowed to stress from animal rights charity Peta, and that his park had grow to be a goal for “each nutjob and animal rights loon on the earth”.
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On Thursday, the Division of Justice (DoJ) mentioned it had filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to Mr and Mrs Lowe, accusing them of “illegally taking, possessing, and transporting protected animals” together with a grizzly bear and ring-tailed lemurs in addition to tigers and lions, and “inserting the well being of animals in severe hazard”.
In a statement, principal deputy assistant lawyer basic Jonathan D Brightbill mentioned the couple had failed to offer “fundamental veterinary care, acceptable meals, and protected residing circumstances for the animals”.
The shortage of sufficient care resulted in premature loss of life “in some instances”, the DoJ mentioned.
“Animals weren’t supplied with enough portions of acceptable meals and have been underweight and affected by dietary deficiencies, making them prone to fractures, unable to face or stroll, and exhibiting neurological issues,” they added.
“Inspectors additionally discovered foul-smelling, partially burned and decomposing huge cat carcasses and a broken-down fridge truck containing rotting meat.”
In June, a court ordered Mr Lowe to vacate the zoo and hand the premises to Carole Baskin, who Joe Unique was convicted of making an attempt to have killed.
Mr Lowe shut the park in August and has since moved 160 huge cats to a brand new zoo in Thackerville, 60 miles south.
“The Lowes have made public statements that the brand new Thackerville facility might be named ‘Tiger King Park’ and can function as a movie set for tv reveals and different video content material,” the DoJ mentioned.
The DoJ mentioned it might search unspecified damages from the Lowes and try and seize “sure animals” from them.
Unique, actual identify actual identify Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is presently serving a 22-year sentence for his involvement within the murder-for-hire plot and animal abuse.
Netflix has reportedly secured the rights to a second season of Tiger King – however the present’s recognition means there are already numerous spin-offs on the best way, together with an eight-part collection starring Nicolas Cage starring as Unique.