‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Sues Government Agencies, Former Business PartnerCulture
Bummed about finishing Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix? Don’t worry, the drama continues: Joe Exotic — a.k.a. Joseph Maldonado-Passage — filed a $94 million dollar lawsuit against the government and Jeffrey Lowe, his former business partner. The former zookeeper is currently serving 22 years in prison for trying to hire a hitman to murder animal rights advocate Carole Baskin, as well violating wildlife law.
The lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, was filed at the Grady County Jail in Oklahoma on March 17th and alleges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the “generic” tiger on the endangered species list not to protect the animals, but to target certain individuals, including Maldonado-Passage, who breed those animals and use them for business. This allowed “them to file charges to put me in jail and out of business,” he writes in the suit, “therefore stealing my property and promoting an animal rights agenda.”
As such, he is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Interior for $78,840 million for “18 years of research and care of 200 tigers and cross-breeds for 365 days a year.”