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PETA, exotic animal park in Oklahoma argue over tigers

Posted August 28

— Officials of an animal rights organization say they're concerned about 19 tigers an exotic animal park in Oklahoma recently acquired from a Florida zoo.

Greater Wynnewood Animal Park zookeeper Joe Maldonado tells The Oklahoman the tigers legally belong to him. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals officials want the tigers to be moved to a wildlife refuge in Colorado.

Brittany Peet is PETA's director of captive animal law enforcement. She says the tigers' safety is a concern.

PETA officials say the zoo has a history of separating cubs from their mothers for paid photos and play sessions. They also say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the zoo for multiple violations of federal animal welfare law.

Maldonado says the Wynnewood zoo has built new cages for the tigers.

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