The US authorities has seized almost 70 big cats from an Oklahoma animal park operated by a widely known individual of “Tiger King,” officers said Thursday.
Sixty-eight lions, tigers and lion-tiger hybrids, and one jaguar, were taken from Tiger King Park in Thackerville, which is tear by Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe.
The animals were seized for Endangered Species Act violations, the Justice Division said in a assertion.
They did now not own honest safe haven, meals or veterinary care, the division said.
The Lowes were featured in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King: Abolish, Mayhem and Madness,” which centered on Joseph Maldonado-Passage, most frequently diagnosed as “Joe Irregular.”
Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-yr penal advanced sentence for a execute-for-hire blueprint.
Maldonado-Passage previously ran a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, which the Lowes also operated.
Animals from that zoo were moved to Thackerville final yr, the authorities has said in courtroom documents.
Acting Assistant Attorney Celebrated Nicholas McQuaid said in a assertion that the animals would slide to “accountable animal preserves the place apart they’ll additionally be safely maintained rather than exploited.”
Jeffrey Lowe in a assertion Thursday used to be defiant about the seizures.
“All of us know that this has nothing to own up out with the care of animals. This is the dispute consequence of Tiger King exposing the failures” of the US Division of Agriculture, he said.
The assertion did now not clarify nonetheless added “The USDA is in wound control and conducting a smear advertising and marketing campaign in opposition to us.”
At a hearing earlier this month, an attorney for Lowe knowledgeable a seize the pair would stop the animals to solve the civil complaint in opposition to them.
Attorney Daniel Card knowledgeable the seize that the Lowes didn’t are wanting to battle the case anymore and “need out fully,” based mostly completely totally on The Connected Press.
The Justice Division says that Tiger King Park had been inspected three cases since December and that the Lowes had been cited for failing to provide animals with honest veterinary care, safe haven and vitamin.
A seize chanced on them in contempt for now not complying with courtroom orders, along with requirements of veterinary care required beneath the Animal Welfare Act, the Justice Division assertion said.
The Lowes didn’t exhaust a veterinarian that specialises in big cats, a US Fish and Natural world Carrier particular agent wrote in an affidavit.
About a of the big cats taken in January and moved to a Colorado animal sanctuary were underweight or had worms, and most had issues with their pads from being kept in moist environments, the agent wrote.
Inspections chanced on various underweight animals, and rotting carcasses left after feeding that were covered in flies, the documents disclose.