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Celebrities Endangered by Tiger Trainer With a Record

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | February 27, 2014

Few animal abusers are as brazenly defiant as Karl Mitchell, who continues to allow the public—including actor Michelle Rodriguez and supermodel Cara Delevingne—to pet, kiss, and take photos with tigers, even though he has been operating illegally since his license was revoked 13 years ago. Mitchell shamelessly put Rodriguez and Delevingne at serious risk by unlawfully allowing them to interact with a juvenile tiger much older than the age limit that the law allows.

Mitchell has previously duped other celebrities, including Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, into visiting his facility unwittingly.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued Mitchell three cease-and-desist orders—all of which he ignored—and has ordered him to pay more than $100,000 in fines. PETA recently confirmed that the agency has referred Mitchell’s case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution for his continued violations, including the unlawful exhibition of tigers for an Animal Planet production and on the set of the Bradley Cooper film Hit and Run.

PETA has asked the USDA and the U.S. Department of Justice to stop the madness and ensure that Mitchell is criminally prosecuted for his ongoing violations of federal law. Stay tuned.

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  • claudia de sanctis says:

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO BRING THIS MAN IN! AND HOW HE CONTINUES TO OPERATE!

  • Aslin says:

    animal abusers are very cruel and should not get to be working with animals ever!!!!!!!!

  • Patty Stokes says:

    This is horrible, you need to release all of them. If I worked there I would make arrangements for loving people to come in take all the lions and place them in the wild where they belong. I don’t understand why you create an accident waiting to happen. Then when the Tiger attacks. You will put him down for the situation you put him in. All of you involved, including the actors, should be fined also.

  • Nan Newall says:

    The fact that people like Karl Mitchell continue to get away with criminal acts slays me. There should be no excuse for committing acts of savagery on animals. To quote Albert Schweitzer – “Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human life.”

  • Lisa Birks says:

    Absolutely unreal!!! If it’s unlawful why haven’t authorities seized these animals?

  • Karen Moss says:

    Why hasn’t he been arrested no license-ignoring fines. Take his animals and through him in jail.

  • Rosa Westaway says:

    Animals were created by God (man’s only involvement is to protect them) to roam free and not caged nor for the amusement of man. Whatever is done to Gods creation! Man WILL one day be accountable for.

  • haseeb says:

    Stop cruel activities on lions and other animals….thier lives are very important

  • Aslin says:

    I think that animal abusers should be fired fom there job!