For those of you following this bizarre story, the former owner of GW Exotics, a private park full of tigers and ligers has now been been convicted of attempting to put a hit out on the owner of Big Cat Rescue, killing five tigers, and trying to sell tiger cubs in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
The owner of Big Cat Rescue, Carole Baskin, had accused Joseph Allen “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage of mistreating animals. He threatened to kill her in several videos. An FBI agent later testified that, when he went undercover as a hitman, Joe Exotic paid him $10,000 to kill her. Joe Exotic admitted on the radio to killing the tigers, claiming that they all suddenly had ingrown claws and infected teeth and they were all “euthanized.” (With no vet present.)