PETA Says ‘Joe Exotic’ Resentencing No Cause for Concern

For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Denver – A U.S. 10th District Court judge has ordered resentencing for Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka “Joe Exotic”), but what’s important is that his convictions for two counts of murder for hire and 17 counts of wildlife-related federal crimes have been upheld. Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Debbie Metzler:

“Joe Exotic” still has many years in prison ahead of him, his convictions for gunning down five endangered tigers and other wildlife crimes stand, and the rest of his Tiger King cohorts are still poised for their own downfalls, so neither PETA nor anyone else who cares about animals has anything to worry about.

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