Tiger Queen Carole Baskin has another big cat “rescue” she wants to shut down. Joe Exotic’s nemesis, who became famous after the Netflix hit “Tiger King,” now has the Waccatee Zoo in South Carolina firmly in her sights – a zoo that People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) calls “the worst roadside zoo in America.”
Baskin told the Post: “I am outraged that the wild animals at Waccatee Zoological Farm in Myrtle Beach are suffering needlessly, and the USDA is apparently doing nothing about it!” According to Lyndsay Cole, the assistant director of public affairs for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “The Waccatee Zoological Farm is licensed by APHIS [an]) their last inspection was March 5, 2020.”
But the inspection report was hardly clean, noting, “One adult female zebu and two adult llamas had significantly overgrown hooves” and “the shelters for the zebu cattle and peccaries were excessively soiled and muddy.” At the 500-acre zoo, per its website, “Herds of buffalo and zebra roam the grassland, while big cats like the lion, cougar and tiger eye you up close.”
But according to reports and videos provided by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, some of the animals live in small cages and appear in a state of distress — including, Lila, a tiger with large bald spots all over her body.
Link:New York Post