Animal welfare authorities are investigating the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, the animal park once owned by Netflix star Joe Exotic. The local sheriff’s office received multiple calls regarding the park.

The sheriff, Garvin County Sheriff’s Office, said it had requested that the UDSA, US Fish and Game, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife begin an investigation. According to the Sheriff, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife has visited the park and inspected the location. And the USDA has also visited and opened an investigation. Injured animals have been removed from the park and are being monitored by the USDA.

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The zoo was once owned by Joe Exotic, but his former business partner Jeff Lowe was recently ordered to turn the zoo over to Carole Baskin.

Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement, shared photos and videos of the cats suffering and made a statement on the USDA’s slow progress on shutting down the park. “The USDA’s inaction allowed ‘Joe Exotic’ to abuse and neglect animals for years, and so far, it’s also failed to help the big cats held by Jeff Lowe,” Peet said in a statement. “In the wake of Tiger King, the public eye is on the USDA to do its job and shut Lowe and his despicable roadside zoo down pronto.”

See the video by PETA:

“Big cats” that are privately owned, like those previously owned by Tiger King star Joe Exotic, and cared for by Carole Baskin, are in danger across the United States. According to Animal Welfare Institute, “Unscrupulous facilities profit from cub petting or photo opportunities, which fuels a rampant and vicious cycle of breeding and dumping cubs once they are 12 weeks old. Having outgrown their usefulness, these cubs are funneled into the exotic pet trade, sold to another disreputable exhibitor, or end up in the black market trade for wildlife parts.” To help these animals, help us persuade Congress to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act, to protect big cats from these terrible circumstances.

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