‘Joe Exotic’ Is Behind Bars in New PETA US Halloween Costume

For Immediate Release:
11 May 2020


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Pre-Order Now, and Be a ‘Tiger Killer’ This October

London – It’s never too early to start planning for Halloween, so PETA US – which went after “Joe Exotic” and moved the animals out of his decrepit roadside zoo – is now accepting pre-orders for its limited-edition “Tiger King Killer” costume. The costume comes with a blond mullet wig, a moustache, jail bars, an orange jumpsuit, and a plush pouncing tiger – and it will remind everyone who the true villain of Tiger King is: notorious tiger abuser Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage. The costume is available from the PETA US Shop and will ship (internationally) by 31 July.

Tiger King has exposed tiger exhibitors as ghouls who steal cubs from their mothers, exploit them as living photo props, and then often discard or kill them when they grow up,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet, who appears in the docuseries. “This Halloween, PETA will poke some pointed fun at a tiger killer who belongs behind bars, where he can no longer harm a hair on any animal’s head.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that Tiger King also features notorious animal exhibitors “Doc” Antle, Tim Stark, Jeff Lowe, and others who breed animals for profit, separate babies from their mothers, and deprive them of everything that’s natural and important to them. Many are still operating, despite criminal rap sheets and lengthy histories of violating the US Animal Welfare Act.

PETA US has been working for years to shut down facilities that exploit wild animals. The group rescued nearly 50 animals who were in Joe Exotic’s custody, all of whom are currently at reputable sanctuaries.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.