Jeffrey Lowe, the man who acquired the animal park at the center of the popular Netflix documentary “Tiger King” Accused on Thursday Prosecutors said that in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.
On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced it had filed A. 110 page civil complaint Mr. Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, and the park at Groin Weinwood’s Exotic Animal Park, Okanala.
The complaint accuses the couple of violating the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act for exhibiting animals without a license and endangering the health of their animals. The complaint told the court that the couple needed to get some of their animals back from the government.
Mr. Lowe’s lawyer, James M. Weirth said in a statement that the couple “were like constant animal care and kind animals in their care,” and that the government had produced a “fictional interpretation” of the Animal Welfare Act.
“The government claims that because Mr. and Mrs. Lowe allowed a documentary crew on their property, they were illegally exhibiting wildlife,” he said. “According to the deprivation standard of the government, anyone who takes a selfie of endangered species at the zoo is an illegal exhibitor in violation of federal law.”
Mr. Lowe is the latest figure from the documentary, about foreign animal owners and animal rights activists, to face charges of wrongdoing by the government. The previous owner of the park was Joseph Maldonado-Passage Pleaded guilty last year Tried to hire a hit man to kill an animal-rights activist who criticized him.
Another park owner is featured in the documentary, Lord Antal, popularly known as Doctor, Was charged in October with two felony charges related to wildlife trafficking and 13 additional misdeeds.
As of August, Mr. Lowe and his wife operated the Oklahoma Animal Park, owned by Mr. Maldenado-Passage, known as the Zoeotic.
The complaint states that several animals in the 16.4-acre facility were protected by the Endangered Species Act, including tigers, lions, a gong bear and ring-tailed lemons.
In June, after a seven-year legal battle, a judge Gave the park to carole beskinAnimal rights activists, who were infrequent with foreign tiger keepers in the documentary. Ms. Buskin’s husband, Howard Buskin, said in a statement Friday that she hopes the Justice Department is successful in removing the animals.
“Several serious citations by the USDA, in our opinion, clearly demonstrate that Lowe should not be allowed to keep animals,” he said, referring to statements by agricultural investigators.
In June and July, inspectors at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said they found some animals “in poor health and living in substandard conditions at the Wynwood facility,” a violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.
The complaint also accused Lowes of not providing “timely and adequate veterinary care,” causing some animals to “suffer from easily treatable conditions”. The complaint states that some of these cases resulted in “untimely” deaths.
Inspectors found that the animals were not provided with adequate amounts of food, and were underweight and suffering from nutritional deficiencies.
Inspectors also said they found carcasses of big cats that were partially burnt and rotted, and there was a broken refrigerator truck with rotting flesh, the complaint states.
“Lowes’ failure to provide basic care of animals, proper food and safe living conditions for animals does not meet the standards required by both the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act,” Jonathan D. Brightbill, Chief Deputy Assistant General Environment and Natural Resources Division.
The complaint also alleged that Lowes separated the large kitten cubs from his mother for “kitten” incidents with park guests, possibly causing “long-lasting damage” to the cubs.
In one instance, inspectors said they saw a sloth and thin lion cub coming out of his nose and eyes, and had wounds on his ears. He said the cub named Nala was later found suffering from an upper respiratory infection, dehydration, malnutrition and a urinary tract infection.
The complaint stated that the drain was transferred to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado in September.
In August, the USDA suspended Mr. Lowe’s Animal Welfare Act exhibitor license and attempted to permanently revoke his license.
According to court documents, Mr. Lowe voluntarily terminated his license. The Lowes later moved their animals to a 33-acre property in Thackerville, Okla. He has said that his new facility will be named there. Tiger king park And will serve as a film set for television shows. According to the complaint, Lowes does not have a license to display animals.