No sanctuary or licensed zoo, Greater Wynnewood Animal was in fact nothing more than a shady animal prison in the middle of nowhere where people could pay a buttload of money to snuggle a big cat. And despite his self-imposed title, Joe Exotic didn't even care about tigers. Aside from many counts of illegal wildlife trafficking, he also (allegedly) shot five captive tigers to death solely to make room for other prey.
But if you think Joe Exotic's cruelty was only was reserved for animals, you'd be wrong. When animal rights advocate and Big Cat Rescue sanctuary owner Carole Baskin began exposing Greater Wynnewood as the animal Auschwitz it was, Joe threatened to kill her in a series of rambling YouTube videos. When that intimidation tactic failed, the Tiger King tried to hire two assassins to murder Baskin, offering to sell some tigers to cover the cost. His animal instincts failed him, however, as one of the hitmen was an FBI agent, who arrested him. A jury then put Joe in his own cage for the rest of his life. At the time of this writing, his many attempts to get President Trump to pardon him have gone unanswered.