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February 25, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Oklahoma City – Today, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma granted PETA a victory in its Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against a notorious animal exponent and tiger king the villainous Jeff Lowe, finding that Lowe “treated the four lions directly involved in this matter…with appalling cruelty”. This is the first court ruling to find that Lowe’s treatment of animals is so deficient that it violates the ESA.
“This animal exploiter left these motherless cubs to suffer without the bare necessities like proper food and veterinary care, and one of them even died,” says Asher Smith, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation. . “PETA celebrates the end of its reign of terror and today’s decision, which puts other tiger king– style villains warned that their days of abusing vulnerable animals are numbered.
Lowe has been added as a defendant in PETA’s lawsuit against his former business partner, co-worker tiger king subject Tim Stark, after Stark violated multiple court orders in the case by transporting the four bear cubs to Lowe’s Wynnewood property. One of them, Kahari, died just days before her scheduled rescue. The court found Lowe liable for a number of violations today, including:
- Feeding young a commercial milk replacer that lacked the necessary nutrients found in breast milk and, when older, providing rancid, nutrient-deficient meat as their only food source
- Lack of proper enclosures, which contributed to horrific injuries, including a bite that required the amputation of part of a lion’s paw, Amelia
- Failing to hire a veterinarian with sufficient training or experience in caring for lions or treating numerous injuries found by PETA experts
- Failing to take adequate precautions against COVID-19, including not restricting access to animals, a first of its kind decision under the ESA
The court also agreed that Lowe – who lied about the circumstances of Kahari’s death and left his body outside to decompose beyond the point at which an autopsy could determine his cause – was in fact responsible for the lion death.
PETA’s victory over Stark allowed the group to save the three surviving cubs, along with 22 other big cats, including Nala, who would likely have died if PETA hadn’t intervened.
PETA — whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours for entertainment” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.