Tiger King Joe Exotic admits he’s ‘ashamed’ of caging wild animals in first prison interview – The Sun
NETFLIX star Joe Exotic has admitted he is "ashamed" of himself when he considers how he caged his animals for years.
Tiger King is the insane true crime story about Joe Exotic, a wildcat enthusiast who owned numerous tigers, lions and other large animals he kept at the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma.
The series focuses not just on his bizarre behavior but also Joe’s undying hatred for animal rights activist Carole Baskin.
His loathing for her takes a much darker turn when he pays a hitman to bump her off, and he is now serving 22 years in prison for the hit, but speaking to Netflix from inside his four walls, he admitted he has now been faced with the same circumstances of his animals.
He said: "Go sit in a cage with your animals for a week."
"When I left the zoo and sent my chimpanzees to the sanctuary in Florida and imagined what my chimpanzees went through for 18 years, I am ashamed of myself."
However, he also admitted that when he does leave prison he will still be "as crazy as I was before" and that "it would be nice if I could see me being famous out there, but I have seen these four walls for a year and half now."
Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is a self-proclaimed “gay, gun-toting cowboy with a mullet” who opened and operated a big cat exhibit called the G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma in his late brother’s honor.
The G.W. Zoo gained popularity in the early 2000s, with tourists and celebrities coming for photo ops with Joe’s lions.
However, Joe’s tiger breeding made him a target for animal activist groups, including Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue – which ended up seeing Joe bankrupt and in jail.
He added that he is "done with the Baskin saga" and is now focused on "getting out of jail a free man and exonerated."
The Netflix star is serving a 22-year jail sentence after being found guilty of paying a hitman to kill Carole, and of killing tigers to make room for more exotic cats in his animal park.
Joe has always maintained his innocence.
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