DOJ rules against Jeff and Lauren Lowe, couple can no longer show animals

THACKERVILLE, Okla. — Jeff and Lauren Lowe will no longer exhibit animals as a part of the Tiger King Zoo.

The couple reached an agreement with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, effectively terminating their ownership of more than 100 animals seized from their facility in Thackerville.

The agreement is part of a civil enforcement action by the Department of Justice, months after a complaint was filed against the Lowes and two businesses. The Lowes were accused of illegally possessing and transporting animals while also violating the Animal Welfare Act.

The animals were taken from the facility last summer, after an investigation found evidence of mistreatment. Inspectors from the Department of Agriculture Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service found multiple animals living in poor health under the Lowes’ care.

The USDA suspended Jeff Lowe’s exhibitor’s license, but Lowe allegedly continued to show animals.

The rescued animals have since been placed in licensed facilities across the United States.

“This consent decree ensures that the animals mistreated and endangered by the Lowes will be moved to a safe home in AWA-licensed facilities and prohibits the Lowes from exhibiting live animals again,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

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