“Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe’s authorized troubles continued this week after a choose sided with Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals and ordered him to hand over documents pertaining to younger lions which have allegedly been uncared for at his Oklahoma zoo.
“This ruling tells Jeff Lowe that he can no longer evade the court’s authority and needs to come clean about the ways these lions are suffering in his custody,” PETA lawyer Brittany Peet mentioned in a press release on the ruling. “PETA looks forward to reviewing these records and getting these animals transferred to accredited sanctuaries.”
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Final week, PETA released what it mentioned have been photos offered by a whistleblower that present younger lions at G.W. Zoo, which had belonged to Joe Unique and was featured in the Netflix sequence. They present lions with sores and an infestation referred to as “flystrike,” which happens underneath unclean circumstances when flies lay eggs on an animal and hatching maggots gnaw away at their pores and skin, in accordance to PETA.
PETA argued that Lowe “ludicrously” claimed that the animals’ veterinary information have been protected underneath the Well being Insurance coverage Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal legislation that, amongst different issues, protects the privateness of people’ medical information.
The courtroom ordered Lowe to cowl lawyer’s charges, flip over related documents and sit for a deposition.
Lowe and his former enterprise associate Tim Stark have been accused of violating the Endangered Species Act in an ongoing lawsuit introduced by PETA. Stark allegedly flouted earlier injunctions in opposition to declawing large cats and separating cubs from their moms, in accordance to courtroom documents.
No less than 4 of these cubs wound up at Lowe’s zoo, the place the whistleblower photographs prompted visits from native, state and federal investigators.
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Individually, PETA has additionally requested the courtroom to compel testimony from Lowe’s spouse, Lauren Lowe, in reference to the case.
The animal rights group desires the courtroom to take away the massive cats from G.W. Zoo and place them in the care of an applicable animal sanctuary.
Lowe instructed Fox Information in early June that the choose had given him 120 days to vacate the property after granting management to Carole Baskin. He mentioned he plans to convey his animals to a brand new, bigger facility.
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His different authorized troubles embody a lawsuit from the state of Oklahoma for $50,000 in unpaid taxes and allegations that he possessed unique animals and not using a license in Nevada.
Joe Unique, whose actual title is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is presently serving a 22-year jail sentence for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot that focused Baskin.