One of the tigers that live in the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park is pictured in 2013 at the park in Wynnewood, Okla. Zoo operator Jeff Lowe, who starred in Tiger King, and his wife are ready to give up all of their big cats in order to resolve a civil law suit brought against them by the US Department of Justice over animal care. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki, File)
MUSKOGEE, okla. (AP) – Netflix’s “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe and his wife are ready to give up their big cats to resolve a Justice Department civil lawsuit against them for caring for the animals, their attorney told a federal judge.
At a Wednesday hearing at which the judge despised the couple for violating a previous order regarding the big cats, attorney Daniel Card said the Lowes wanted “out completely.”
Jeff Lowe took over Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park from founder Joe Exotic in 2016. Lowe and his wife showed big cats there until they closed the park in August. They then moved to a new facility in Thackerville.
The November civil lawsuit accused the Lowes of persistent inhuman treatment and improper handling of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. The US District Judge John F. Heil III issued an order in January which, among other things, ordered the couple to prevent the breeding. to hand over all of their lion and tiger cubs to the federal government; and not exhibit any of their big cats.
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The judge found the Lowes violated his order in March and fined them $ 1,000 a day on Wednesday until they comply, The Oklahoman said.
“You don’t want to fight that anymore. You don’t want to do it, ”Card said to Heil. “They want to give the tigers to a … sanctuary of their choice and be done with it.”
Jeff Lowe was one of the main characters in the Netflix series that became a pop culture phenomenon last year. The series focused on Joe Exotic, a pseudonym for Joseph Maldonado Passage. He is serving 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed attempt to kill his main competitor, Carole Baskin, who runs a big cat sanctuary in Florida.