Wrong food, cages too small: 70 big cats confiscated from the “Tiger King” star


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Both Jeffrey Lowe and Joe Exotic are dazzling characters from the Netflix documentary “Tiger King”. With their predator zoos they once financed their wild daredevil life. But there is not much left of the glamor of bygone days in either of them. Now one of his big cats is being taken away – and the other is in jail, where he still hopes for a pardon.

  • US Justice Seized Big Cats from Jeffrey Lowe
  • Conditions hazardous to the health of big cats
  • Joe Exotic complains of poor health in prison

First to Jeffrey Lowe: The US judiciary confiscated 68 lions, tigers and other big cats belonging to the private zoo director.

The Justice Department said on Thursday (May 20, 2021, local time) that three inspections in the park by Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe in the state of Oklahoma had repeatedly found serious deficiencies in relation to the health and welfare of the animals.

Known from “Tiger King”: US judiciary confiscates big cats from Jeffrey Lowe

The Lowes have resisted a court order requiring them to employ a qualified veterinarian to ensure adequate care, the ministry said.

During the inspections, they had already received reminders because of the lack of veterinary care, inadequate nutrition and the size of the cages, it said.

A judge had ruled in January that Lowe must hand over the majority of his big cat babies and their mothers to the responsible authorities, who would then house them in a species-appropriate manner.

The animals that have now been seized included crossbreeds of lions and tigers and a jaguar. The Ministry of Justice takes evidence of offenses against protected animals that have grown in captivity very seriously, it said.

Tiger King star Joe Exotic sentenced to 22 years in prison

Lowe is one of the colorful characters from the reality show “Tiger King”. He had taken over the private zoo from his former business partner Joe Exotic.

Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison for allegedly hiring a murderer to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin. He still wants to obtain his pardon. Apparently by all means. The 58-year-old announced on Twitter on Monday (May 17) that his “PSA value for prostate cancer was very high”.

The prison also “approved tests to see what stage (the cancer) is”. In fact, an elevated PSA level can be a sign of cancer. But it can also have other causes.

Joe Exotic complains of poor health

Joe Exotic shared more information about his health on Twitter. “My body is tired, I have lost a lot of weight,” wrote the 58-year-old. He wanted to obtain a pardon from US President Biden “so that I can go home and get proper medical care and food.”

Already under the Trump administration, Exotic asked for a pardon – but Trump did not grant him his wish. (ta)

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