Feds Suspend Jeff Lowe’s Exhibitor License at Joe Exotic’s Old Zoo
Uncle sam stops Jeff Lowe … suspending his license to show wild animals to Exotic joethe old zoo … at least for now.
A representative of the United States Department of Agriculture told TMZ … that the “ Tiger King ” star exhibitor license for the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Wildlife Park – formerly known as the GW Zoo as Joe’s command – was suspended this week for 21 days.
We are told that the suspension is the result of “recent inspections” at the zoo which were not very favorable. As we reported, investigators said several of the the animals seemed weak and neglected. There was also a 16 week old lion cub that was so skinny, she could barely stand … and was immediately taken to a vet.
Jeff called BS during the inspection, but clearly USDA officials felt convinced enough by their findings to withdraw his license. An exhibitor license essentially allows a zookeeper to display anything from big cats, bears, primates, and other USDA-regulated species. Without it, Lowe can’t really run the zoo.
As for his suspension, Jeff says he and his team are confident they will be able to produce evidence to prove his animals are healthy. He also tells us that once it’s up and running again, it sets up a virtual zoo that visitors can access from their homes to check on the animals.
As you might expect, PETA is already dancing on Jeff’s metaphorical grave. The organization believes the suspension should be followed by a permanent revocation of his license … although authorities are not saying it’s on the table.
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