USDA closes Tiger King Zoo
This week, Higher Wynnewood (GW) Unique Wildlife Park introduced it was closed to the general public after the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) suspended its license. The USDA has additionally suspended present zoo proprietor Jeffery Lowe’s exhibitor license. The USDA report recognized a number of animal welfare violations on the zoo.
Netflix documentaries in March Tiger King launched viewers to GW Unique Animal Park and led to feuds between then-owner Joe Unique (a roadside zookeeper and breeder) and Carole Baskin (proprietor of Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary that labored to close down the Unique Zoo) together with different eccentric characters loosely categorized as “huge cat folks” together with Kevin “Doc” Antle and Lowe, all of whom exploit wild animals for revenue. Shortly after the Tiger KingBaskin slammed the present to assist increase the characters’ consciousness relatively than deal with the animal abuse that huge cats endure in the US. “Our new park shall be a personal movie, at the very least for the foreseeable future Tiger KingTV content material for cable and streaming companies ”, a now deleted publish within the park Facebook page said.
Animal rights group in April The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) launched never-before-seen footage of animal abuse within the zoo to assist the general public perceive the reality behind the massive cat commerce depicted in Tiger King. In 2011, an HSUS investigator found numerous employees at Joe Unique’s GW Zoo, together with Joe himself who routinely slapped and slapped child tigers within the face, pulled their necks and tails, and took part in different abuse.
Following the discharge of the footage, Federal Choose Scott L. Palk granted Baskin management of roughly 16 acres of land in Garvin County, OK, which incorporates GW Unique Animal Park. Beneath the decision, which is a part of Baskin’s $ 1 million trademark litigation filed in opposition to Higher Wynnewood Growth Group, LLC, Lowe was ordered to vacate premises and take away all animals inside 120 days.