The former exotic zoo keeper – whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage – is currently locked up after being convicted of animal abuse and hiring a hitman to assassinate animal rights activist Carole.
The eccentric character Joe, 57, who is serving a 22-year prison sentence, has now admitted that he had “ended” his rivalry with Carole, owner of the Big Cat Rescue, and that he was focusing on accusations with which he had been slapped. – turned so that he can get out of prison.
Speaking to streaming giant Netflix, where the documentary series Tiger King is available to watch from the prison, he said, “I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga. “
Proving that his goal is to be a free man, he continued, “Now is the time to turn the tide and Joe to get out of jail a free man free from all these charges. “
Carole and Joe’s ongoing rivalry is very present in the Tiger King series which focuses on the dark world of Big Cat environmentalists.
In the show, Carole claimed that Joe’s unusual breeding methods – he crossed lions and tigers to create liligers – and instructing visitors to pet endangered animals was a form of abuse.
Carole was not alone in criticizing Joe’s unusual methods, Peta said an undercover investigator “found dead, dying and injured animals; extremely congested conditions; a serious lack of basic necessities such as food, water and veterinary care; shamefully inadequate cages; and untrained and insufficient staff who have been intentionally cruel to many animals. ”
Their report stated: “The animals were regularly beaten, punched, kicked, sprayed with cold water and beaten with rakes and shovels. And they were blown up with fire extinguishers to interrupt the frequent fighting.
Among other allegations, tigers were allegedly punched, dragged and beaten with whips, and horses he allegedly took were shot in the head to be fed to the tigers.
Exotic always insisted that his animals were well cared for and that he kept tigers so that when the wild population died, he would remain in captivity, but it was impossible to preserve the habitat of wild tigers.
He said he would raise baby tigers to respect people and that he would respect them.
However, her feud with Carole became more and more bitter as she set out to stop her Big Cat property.
She created a website claiming to be an animal abuser, encouraging PETA to give up and trying to hurt her income by telling her customers about her beliefs.
In turn, Exotic said conditions at the Carole Florida rescue center were below acceptable levels.
He also raised allegations that she was involved in the disappearance of her husband.
Don Lewis disappeared without a trace in 1997 – five years later, he was legally declared dead.
Police confirm Carole’s insistence that she had nothing to do with the disappearance of her husband – and she has never been charged.
Finally, the quarrel intensified and Carole organized demonstrations against Joe and his zoo, while he responded by organizing Big Cat shows with the logo of his rescue center, Big Cat Rescue.
Big Cat Rescue sued Joe Exotic and won a million dollar settlement against him.
It was then that Joe became uncontrollable and attempted to hire someone to kill Carole.
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