Update: Tim Stark of ‘Tiger King’ Loses Another Appeal

For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Charlestown, Ind. – Tim Stark of Wildlife in Need, Inc., and Netflix’s Tiger King has just lost his appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) revocation of his exhibitor’s license. Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet:

Today’s decision marks the end of the road for Tim Stark’s efforts to cling to his USDA license, which is now permanently revoked. He can never again force frightened bear cubs, sloths, spider monkeys, or any other USDA-regulated species into his cruel animal encounters, and thanks to PETA’s recent court victory, his “Tiger Baby Playtime” days are over, too—and PETA looks forward to the day when the animals are living at a reputable sanctuary, undisturbed and in peace.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. More information about Stark’s ongoing legal struggles—including PETA’s court victory and the USDA’s previous action against him—is available in yesterday’s news release.

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