'Tiger King' zoo ordered to turn over big cats by federal judge

Updated: 2021-01-19 19:50:37

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in ’s "" documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession to the federal government.

U.S. District Judge John F. Heil III issued the order last week in the case against Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park based on  of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

"The Lowes have showed a shocking disregard for both the health and welfare of their animals, as well as the law," said acting Assistant Attorney General Jonathan D. Brightbill of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

'Tiger King' subject Jeff Lowe previously took over Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.

'Tiger King' subject Jeff Lowe previously took over Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. (Netflix)

Jeffrey Lowe’s attorney, Daniel Card of Oklahoma City, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The Lowes took over operations of the zoo, which was previously run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage ‒ also known as Joe Exotic ‒ and featured in Netflix’s "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness."

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year sentence in a Fort Worth, Texas, federal prison for his  on charges that he participated in a murder-for-hire plot and violated federal wildlife laws. Maldonado-Passage has  from outgoing President Donald Trump.

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