The founder of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa is not pleased with Netflix's 'Tiger King'


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Arguably the best distraction right now from the ongoing apocalypse is Netflix’s new docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which essentially focuses on bitter rivalries within the bizarre big cat industry, and one of the main people featured in it, Carole Baskin, is not at all happy.

In a blog posted Sunday to her website, the CEO of Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue said she was “disappointed.”

“When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish,” writes Baskin, "that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive.”

While the docuseries certainly addresses these things, and mostly focuses on the exploits of convicted zookeeper Joe Exotic and his failed murder for hire plot aimed at Baskin, it also spends an entire episode on the strange circumstances involving the disappearance of Baskin's husband, Don Lewis.

In episode three, it’s implied that Lewis’ body was put into a meat grinder and fed to tigers, which Baskin hotly refutes.

“The meat grinder shown in the video was enormous. Our meat grinder was one of those little tabletop, hand-crank things, like you’d have in your kitchen at home,” says Baskin in the blog post.

“Don was not easy to live with and like most couples we had our moments,” Baskin continues. “But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance. When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police.”

You can read her full response to the show here.

This story originally appeared in Creative Loafing Tampa.

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