Following this investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture put Exotic on probation for 18 months and ordered him to pay a $25,000 fine for nearly 200 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Exotic labelled his zoo as “an upscale zoo for rescued animals”, but that was not necessarily the case.
“Breeding is the defining hypocrisy of a certain kind of animal sanctuary,” Theroux wrote.
“Sanctuaries notionally exist to provide homes for creatures that need them, not to breed new ones. But it was also the case that one of the few dependable ways for outfits such as Joe’s to make money was to charge large sums for people, usually children, to take photos with tiger cubs. He did this at his park and also in a roadshow that travelled around malls in the ever-decreasing number of states in which the practice was not yet banned.”
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