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PETA Asks Producers To Avoid Animal Use In “Tiger King” Spinoff Series

by | April 1, 2020

PETA has asked creators to skip animal use in the upcoming series inspired by Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

The animal protection group is calling on actor Kate McKinnon and production company Universal Content Productions to make the animal-friendly choice.

The docuseries follows Joe Maldonado-Passage (also known as Joe Exotic) through the events that led to his 22-year prison sentence for crimes including the alleged shooting of five tigers.

In a March 27 press release, PETA suggested that Universal Content Production use CGI, animatronic tigers, or existing footage rather than using live tigers in their scripted series, citing the potential for animal abuse.

“Netflix’s Tiger King is calling critical attention to the abuse and neglect endured by big cats and other wild animals used for entertainment—progress that will be undone if real wild animals are used in Universal Content Production’s upcoming series,” said PETA Senior Manager of Animals in Film and Television Lauren Thomasson. 

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Shaquille O’Neal had previously visited Joe Exotic’s Zoo (Ron Adar/shutterstock.com)

PETA, The “Tiger King” & Shaquille O’Neal

In another press release, PETA called on former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal to “cut ties” with Jeff Lowe who currently runs the roadside zoo Joe Exotic started. 

O’Neal, who briefly appeared in Tiger King, has since denied any relationship with Joe Exotic. Lowe, however claimed to have received support from O’Neal in a since deleted Facebook post. 

“Jeff Lowe is no better than Joe Exotic when it comes to tearing baby big cats away from their mothers and exploiting them for photo ops… Shaq clearly loves tigers, and PETA is asking him to cut ties with Jeff and anybody else who profits from breeding and abusing them,” said PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet.

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