Zoo Owner Featured in ‘Tiger King’ Loses Cats Over ‘Playtime’

Aug. 4, 2020, 5:49 PM

An Indiana zoo’s practice of declawing cubs and separating them from their mothers ahead of public interactions called “Tiger Baby Playtime” qualifies as the kind of harm prohibited under the Endangered Species Act, a federal court in the state ruled.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Inc. claimed the owners of Wildlife in Need and Wildlife in Deed Inc. in Charlestown, Ind., harmed, harassed, and wounded big cats in violation of the act.

Timothy Stark, president of WIN, admitted declawing “about a dozen cubs” in 2016, saying he doesn’t “give a damn what any veterinarian’s opinion is,” according to ...

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