U.S. law enforcement agents, led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, seized almost 70 animals from Jeff Lowe and his Thackerville menagerie Monday.
The United States has seized 68 protected lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids, and a jaguar from Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe’s Tiger King Park.
“There are no tigers left at Tiger King Park, and the Lowes’ reign of terror against threatened and endangered big cats may soon be over. If PETA has its way, these Tiger King villains will lose every other animal in their custody, too,” said PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Brittany Peet.
“This seizure should send a clear message that the Justice Department takes alleged harm to captive-bred animals protected under the Endangered Species Act very seriously,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jean E. Williams of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Early this year, U.S. District Court Judge F. Heil III in the Eastern District of Oklahoma issued a preliminary judgment in favor of the United States and against Jeff Lowe, an exotic animal exhibitor, and dealer featured in the Netflix sensation “Tiger King.”