The U.S. Department of Justice revealed on Thursday that the confiscation of the government safeguarded lions, tigers, lion-tiger crossbreeds as well as a jaguar as components of a court-ordered arrangement to settle a DOJ grievance against Jeffrey and also Lauren Lowe concerning the creatures’ treatment.
The civil complaint, submitted last November, implicated the Lowes in repeating the inhumane treatment and inappropriate managing of animals shielded by the Endangered Species Act. The pair has gotten many citations for neglecting to adequately look after the animals after 3 inspections of the Tiger King Park in Thackerville since December of 2020.
During last week’s hearing, a judge found both in contempt for neglecting to adhere to court orders to hire a certified animal medical practitioner as well as set up a plan for veterinarian care for the big cats. Daniel Card, a lawyer for the two, said to a federal judge that the Lowes “wanted out completely.”
“They don’t want to fight this anymore. They don’t want to do it,” Card informed the court.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid pointed out in a declaration that the DOJ had been working to make sure the creatures were delivered to “responsible animal preserves where they can be safely maintained rather than exploited.”
Jeffrey Lowe was one of the main people in “Tiger King” that included a mullet-wearing zookeeper called Joe Exotic and ended up being a cultural sensation in 2020. Joe Exotic, a nickname for Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving 22-years in a Texas federal prison for his 2020 conviction on charges that he took part in a murder-for-hire plot as well as breached federal government wildlife regulations.
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