Wirth: Law Didn’t Ban Selfies With Rare Animals
Wirth Law Office founder James Wirth was quoted prominently in a story for the Nov. 20, 2020 edition of the New York Times that detailed civil actions brought against the now famous “Tiger King” and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, OK featured in a Netflix documentary series.
The hit Netflix series brought about a closer examination of the park’s practices, which resulted in the US Department of Justice announcing on Nov. 19, 2020, that it had filed a civil suit against Jeffrey Lowe, his wife Lauren and the park. The federal complaint alleges the couple violated the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act by exhibiting animals without a license as well as endangering the health of their animals.
A Response to Federal Allegations
Lowe hired Tulsa Attorney James Wirth to represent he and his wife, along with the Park. Wirth told the New York Times that the Lowe’s were “caring and kind stewards of animals in their care” and that the government had reached too far with their interpretation of the Animal Welfare Act.
“The government claims that because Mr. and Mrs. Lowe allowed a documentary crew onto their property, they were unlawfully exhibiting wildlife,” Wirth said to the Times. “By the government’s contrived standard, anyone who takes a selfie of an endangered species in a zoo is an unlawful exhibitor in violation of federal law.”
The Lowes gave up ownership of the Wynnewood animal park in August of 2020 and moved their animals to a new facility in Thackerville, OK that will operate as a film set, according to the article.
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