Finally, some good has come out of the infamous Netflix show, Tiger King...
This year, Joe Exotic became a household name...
via: GettyFor all the wrong reasons. But now, the show has actually done some good by bringing along a groundbreaking new bill that will change the future of big cats here in the States forever. Here's the full story...
Now, if you still haven't watched Tiger King, what are you doing?
It gives us an eye-opening insight into the captivity of big cats here in America.
But it isn't just about the tigers and lions...
via: IMDBIt is mostly about the scandalous lives of these people in America's big cat community... And we could not get enough.
Who knew there was such a large cult of exotic animal hoarders in the U.S?
via: NetflixAnd who knew there were so much rivalry and hate?
There was a lot of drama in the life of Joe Exotic...
via: NetflixAnd the big cat owner seemed to really have it in for Carole Baskin, with footage showing him repeatedly wishing death upon her and describing how he would like to kill her after she tried to expose his zoo. Yikes.
But people seemed to be forgetting that this was all based on real-life...
Joe is an openly gay man...
via: YoutubeBut, after he married both John Finlay and Travis Maldonado in a 3-way ceremony, both of his husbands gradually deteriorated with drug use and mental health problems. Travis tragically took his own life after he made claims that he wasn't at all gay, and Joe had simply hoodwinked him by fueling his addictions.
And, after this marriage tragically fell apart...
via: NetflixJoe himself fell into a downward spiral, and his obsession with Carole and her missing ex-husband only grew bigger.
And last year, things took a turn for the worst.
via: NetflixJoe was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison.
His first charge was for conspiracy to murder.
via: IMDBHe allegedly hired a hitman to take Carole out whilst she was biking down a deserted bike path before the FBI became involved and thus foiled his dangerous plan.
And the second was for animal cruelty.
via: IMDBThough his treatment of his tigers has always been questionable, it was found that Joe had killed several of the older big cats to make room for new arrivals at his animal park.
Most of us believed that this sentencing was more than reasonable.
via: IMDBDespite how cooky he came across as on camera, it is undeniable that Joe belongs behind bars for his appalling behavior to both his staff and his innocent animals.
But others weren't too convinced.
Evidently hoodwinked by his "loveable" on-screen persona, many people took to Twitter to protest his sentencing.
@joe_exotic Let’s crowdfund a new attorney and an appeal.... Joe needs to be free, and that bitch Carole in jail.… https://t.co/7Xr2h4MYyb— rita as in marga..... (@rita as in marga.....)1586195167.0
The hashtag #freejoeexotic was even trending for a while.
I've lost all faith in humanity.
Free the bro bro Joe Exotic🙌🏻 fuck a bitch named Carole— hunter kelly (@hunter kelly)1585847292.0
So many people were set on seeing Exotic walk free...
Simply because he made good television.
Free joe exotic!!!!! Idk if he’s innocent but I wanna see what he does next tbh— AL BABY (@AL BABY)1585668694.0
But what people don't realize is, that good television comes at a cost...
Well, since the show came out, the U.S House of Representatives has since passed a bill to finally ban the ownership of big cats.
People have been pushing for the new legislation against big cat owners across the country.
@RepHuffman I am proud to have you as my representative! Thank you for paying attention to the precious but voiceless wildlife.— KittyGrabsBack (@KittyGrabsBack)1606936489.0
The House was in favor of the Big Cat Public Safety Act with a 272-114 vote.This will prevent any private ownership of tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, and cougars.
However, this wouldn't have affected Exotic too much due to him having a US Department of Agriculture exhibition license.But he would no longer be allowed to let visitors pet the cubs.
Carol Baskin is reportedly "thrilled" with the latest move.
Senator Ted Cruz criticized putting Exotic's practices at the forefront of issues, while Utah Republican Rob Bishop said: "This bill, contrary to what I’ve been hearing so far, is not about protecting the public from big cats. It is about hurting small, family-run zoos across the country. It is a power play of some kind."
Remember #TigerKing? Through the drama and twists, it showed a real issue: the inhumane exploitation of these majes… https://t.co/6jRdZSCTmq— Rep. Jared Huffman (@Rep. Jared Huffman)1606935059.0
The bill’s sponsor, Illinois Democrat Mike Quigley, said the new legislation was long overdue, even before Exotic's treatment of animals came out.
California Democrat Jared Huffman also wrote online, "Remember #TigerKing? Through the drama and twists, it showed a real issue: the inhumane exploitation of these majestic animals. We’re bringing the #BigCatPublicSafetyAct to end these practices up for a vote, and I’m glad to have helped move it forward through our committee." Let's hope this brings some justice to the animals involved, and to the lives of future big cats. Keep scrolling for more...
The House just passed the #BigCatPublicSafetyAct! Thank you to everyone who spoke up over recent months in support… https://t.co/p2phoFpgic— Mike Quigley (@Mike Quigley)1607051266.0