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April 22, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Oklahoma Metropolis – The U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Oklahoma has simply ordered animal exhibitor and Tiger King villain Jeff Lowe to pay $183,557.90 in attorneys’ charges and prices to PETA, stemming from the group’s profitable Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit in opposition to him. Within the first court docket resolution establishing that Lowe’s therapy of animals was so poor that it violated the ESA, the court docket had dominated in February that he “handled 4 lions … with appalling cruelty.” Now, he should pay the piper.
“No sum of money can undo the struggling that these lions endured, however the choose has despatched a transparent sign that animal abuse comes with a hefty price ticket,” says PETA Basis Director of Litigation Asher Smith. “This contemporary blow will make it tougher for Lowe to do enterprise, and PETA asks the general public to wipe out different animal exploiters by shunning all roadside zoos.”
Lowe was added as a defendant in PETA’s lawsuit in opposition to his former enterprise associate, fellow Tiger King topic Tim Stark, after they each violated a number of court docket orders within the case by transporting the 4 cubs on the heart of the go well with to Lowe’s Wynnewood property. One in all them, Kahari, died solely days earlier than PETA might facilitate her rescue. The court docket agreed that Lowe—who had lied concerning the circumstances of Kahari’s demise and left her physique exterior to decompose past the purpose at which a necropsy might decide its trigger—was accountable for her demise.
The court docket additionally discovered Lowe responsible for quite a lot of violations, together with failing to take sufficient COVID-19 precautions and failing to rent a veterinarian with enough coaching; feeding lions solely rancid meat; and having a scarcity of sufficient enclosures, which contributed to grotesque accidents, together with a chew wound that required a part of the paw of 1 lion, named Amelia, to be amputated.
PETA’s prior victories allowed the group to rescue the three surviving cubs, together with 22 different massive cats—together with Nala, who doubtless would have died if PETA hadn’t intervened. The group will put the payment award towards its efforts to free different animals from decrepit roadside zoos and can proceed in its efforts to recoup funds from Lowe and Stark, the latter of whom owes PETA greater than $750,000 in authorized charges and different prices.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.