Joe Exotic became a household name after playing in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
But the blockbuster Netflix series was not the first documentary in which the celebrity-hungry figure – who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for animal abuse and hiring a hitman to assassinate rights activist of animals Carole Baskin – appeared.
In 2011 Joe – Joe Maldonado-Passage – happily participated in the creation of an iconic documentary Louis Theroux’s film The most dangerous animals in America.
The program followed Louis, 49, as he visited the United States to meet people who own exotic animals.
He met former eccentric zoo keeper Joe, 57, when he went to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, which was a zoo that Joe owned.
Despite the documentary broadcast nine years ago, Louis has now explained how obvious Exotic’s obsession with the owner of the Big Cat Rescue Carole animal sanctuary was, but that he never thought the crazy character would be involved in a murder murder charge.
In a conversation with the Sunday Times, Louis said: “It was difficult not to love the man himself, perhaps because he did not seem to hide many of his wrongdoings or get too caught up in the story. serious.
“Joe’s resentment against Carole worried him when we shot. He laughed at her, mentioning his belief that one of her husbands had been killed.”
Louis also shared with the publication that he could never have predicted that the exotic wild cat breeder would end up in jail for a rental murder case.
The award-winning filmmaker Louis’ comments come after Joe admitted that he had “finished” his rivalry with Carole.
It appears that the former operating zoo concentrated its efforts on overturning the charges with which he had been slapped so that he could leave the prison.
Speaking to the streaming giant Netflix from prison, he said: “I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga.
“Now is the time to turn things around and Joe gets 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.
On the show, Carole claimed that Joe’s unusual breeding methods – he crossed lions and tigers to create liligers – and instructing visitors to pet the endangered animals was a form of abuse.
Carole was not alone in criticizing Joe’s unusual methods, Peta saying that 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 and kicked, sprayed with cold water and beaten with rakes and shovels.
Among the other allegations, tigers were allegedly punched, dragged and beaten with whips.
Exotic has always insisted that its animals are well cared for and that it raises tigers so that when the wild population is dead, it will remain in captivity, but it was impossible to preserve the habitat of wild tigers.
He said he would raise tiger cubs to respect people and that he would respect them.
However, her quarrel with Carole became more and more bitter as she set out to stop her Big Cat property.
She created a website claiming that he was an animal abuser, encouraging PETA to give up and trying to hurt his income by telling his clients about his 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 retaliated 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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