TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The owners of a Florida-based sanctuary made celebrated by the Netflix docuseries, “ Tiger King, ” accidental they program to determination astir of their large cats to an Arkansas installation and yet merchantability their 67-acre (27-hectare) property.
Howard Baskin wrote successful a post connected Big Cat Rescue’s website that helium and his wife, Carole Baskin, had entered into an statement with Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to determination astir of their large cats to the accredited sanctuary successful Arkansas.
″“We person ever said that our extremity was to ‘put ourselves retired of business,’ meaning that determination would beryllium nary large cats successful request of rescue and nary request for the sanctuary to exist,” Howard Baskin wrote earlier this week successful the post.
Because precocious passed national instrumentality and a alteration successful manufacture practices had reduced the size of the “cub petting” manufacture astatine roadside zoos and circuses, determination were less large cats successful request of caring, Baskin said.
The outgo per large feline of moving the sanctuary, arsenic its colonisation dropped from 100 to 41 cats, has much than doubled successful the past respective years, becoming “an progressively inefficient usage of donor funds per feline to run a installation similar ours,” helium wrote.
Big Cat Rescue, located adjacent Tampa, and Carole Baskin were the taxable of overmuch attraction pursuing the merchandise of “Tiger King” successful 2020. The streaming bid starred gun-toting Oklahoma zookeeper Joseph Maldonado-Passage, besides known arsenic “Joe Exotic.” He was sentenced to 22 years successful situation aft sidesplitting 5 tigers and plotting to person Carole Baskin murdered.
Maldonado-Passage was resentenced to 21 years successful prison past twelvemonth aft a national appeals tribunal ruled that the situation word should beryllium shortened.
“Tiger King” spent overmuch of its clip focusing connected the feud betwixt Carole Baskin and Maldonado-Passage, which included accusations by him that Baskin was down the disappearance of her ex-husband, Don Lewis. Baskin has denied that. She besides was a contestant connected the ABC tv show, “Dancing with the Stars.”