‘Tiger King’ Star Saff Says Joe Exotic Killed at Least 100 Animals: ‘Monster Is a Relative Term’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Stars of Netflix’s Tiger King, are talking out in opposition to former zookeeper and employer, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic). Kelci “Saff” Saffery, labored on the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma even after a tiger assault ended with an amputated arm. He stays devoted to the animals even after leaving. Here’s why Saffery stated Maldonado-Passage is worse than you would possibly assume.

Saffery stated Maldonado-Passage ‘had no remorse’ killing animals

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Regardless of which aspect of the Tiger King debate you stand, former worker, Saffery, has an insider’s take a look at the true Maldonado-Passage.

“A ‘monster’ is a relative term. And Joe fits the bill,” Saffery instructed Nancy Grace by way of Fox Nation’s A Tiger King Investigation.

Saffery defined his former boss’s motive in breeding tigers to promote the offspring — an unlawful follow — got here from greed. Once grown, the tigers have been now not wanted. Saffrey stated Maldonado-Passage “shot them — an estimated 100 animals over 10 years — without remorse.”

“It never phased him. It was something he did and then went on with his day,” he stated. “If you didn’t hear the gunshot or if you didn’t see the gun, you would have never [known] what happened until you realize that tiger is missing.”

Grace requested Saffery if the staff’ job included encouraging animals to the aspect of the cage to make Maldonado-Passage’s shot simpler.

“That’s true,” Saffery stated. “I mean, he could never get them to the side of the cage no matter how hard he tried. So, yeah, it’s true that that was asked of the employees. I never did it.”

He added, “I was a part of the problem,” saying, “I knew it was going on.”

How Maldonado-Passage was capable of retrieve cubs from

Some of Tiger King confirmed Maldonado-Passage pulling a new child cub from its mom after she gave beginning. Saffrey stated, “Joe Exotic” used tranquilizers on the massive cats. This made taking the cubs simpler.

“Joe wanted those babies,” Saffery stated. “He bred those tigers for a reason. He wanted those babies away from their mom. And if you can imagine anyone trying to take your babies away from you and how you would react — imagine that in a 400-pound tiger.”

Grace requested if there was ever a priority over breaking the regulation in promoting these cubs.

“Obviously, as we can tell where he sits right now, I don’t think he thought the law applied to him,” Saffrey stated.

More individuals might be arrested, in response to Saffery

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year sentence. He was convicted with orchestrating an alleged murder-for-hire plot in opposition to Big Cat Rescue proprietor, Carole Baskin. That apart, he was additionally discovered responsible of violating the Endangered Species act for killing 5 tigers in 2017.

Maldonado-Passage’s story bringing unlawful practices to mild. Will others face penalties for doing the identical? Saffery thinks the net of connections can simply be unraveled if regulation enforcement decides to look into it.

“I’m sure if they dig deep enough, they’re going to find a lot more players in this,” Saffery stated. “Yes. I mean, the entire animal industry is connected.”

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is offered on Netflix.

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