“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is a documentary released by Netflix. It quickly became popular among Netflix viewers. It has been watched by thousands of viewers during the quarantine.
The story of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” series focused on the odd fight between Joe Exotic and his adversary, Carole Baskin owner of big cat sanctuary and animal rights activist. Nielsen media research estimate that over 34 million American people watched the series within 10 days of its release.
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Joseph Allen Maldonado – Knows as “Joe Exotic” was the owner of The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, has built his reputation in the United States as an exotic animal breeder. The animal park held an area of 16 acres with 200 tigers and over 50 species of animals. Joe Exotic is now serving a 22-years prison for conviction of murder-for-hire.
As featured in “Tiger King”, Fireball, Pearl, Enzo, and 36 other cats were rescued from Joe and taken by the non-profit organization called The Wild Animal Sanctuary near Keenesburg, Colorado. Now the wild animals are struggling for food due to coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic is affecting the sanctuary’s funding, depending on donations and visitors.
The wild animal sanctuary occupies over 500 animals in an area of 789 acres. They consume up to 80,000 pounds of food per week. To feed the animals, the organization requires $700,000 per month.
“We already spent $200,000 amount of money on buying food so we didn’t empty our resources.” Pat Craig said.
“Moreover, people lost their jobs due to COVID19. So, they are not able to support it. Therefore, we are not getting enough food donations.” Drotar said. Also, “we are beginning to induce into a hungry season since our 200 bears are beginning to wake up from hibernation.” Drotar continued.
Craig worked with PETA foundation back in November 2017 to rescue 19 tigers from Exotic’s private ownership and managed to ship the wild animals to Oklahoma.
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Currently, animal protection advocates are in underpins of a bipartisan bill known as the Big Cat Public Safety Act that would ban private ownership of big cats and prohibit public contact with such animals who encourage intensive breeding and mass dumping when the animals get too large for petting.
The director of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” series believes that the documentary helped the bill to generate momentum with lawmakers.
“My organization hopes to utilize that point of reference to closed down the enormous cat-petting business.” Brittany Peet said, PETA’s director of captive animal law enforcement.
Please visit their website to read more about “Tiger King” and to support a non-profit organization called the Wild Life Sanctuary.
Visit the “Tiger King” website to support the non-profit organization called Wild Life Sanctuary.