Carole Baskin urges Donald Trump not to pardon Joe Exotic (Picture: AP/Seven)
Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to Baskin, with their uncomfortable feud playing out through the course of the Netflix series.
The commander-in-chief, however, offered Exotic – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – fresh hope earlier this year when he said he’d look into releasing the divisive figure.
However, time is running out for the inmate as Trump’s presidency nears its end – even if the president himself refuses to believe it.
Appearing on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show in Australia, Baskin said: ‘I can’t believe that would be a good move for anybody’s political career – given the fact that he (Joe Exotic) was convicted for two counts of murder for hire and 17 counts of wildlife trafficking and abuse, which included shooting five healthy tigers in the head to make room for some circus cats he wanted.’
The Big Cat Rescue owner continued: ‘Animal Planet did a poll and the world’s favourite animal is a tiger, so what benefit would anybody have of setting that person loose?’
Baskin and Exotic are rivals in the big cat industry
In September this year, Exotic wrote to Trump begging him to ‘be my hero, please.’
‘If I have ever looked up to anyone it would be you. Not because I need you to save my life but because you stand for what YOU believe no matter what anyone thinks,’ he said.
That same month, Baskin’s husband Howard shut down the Loose Women when they probed him about a potential Presidential pardon.
‘I don’t want to talk about him being released from prison, he belongs in prison,’ he stressed.
Exotic is currently serving a 22-year jail term (Pictue: Netflix)
Howard Baskin shut down the Loose Women when asked about Exotic (Picture: ITV)
Pointing to the backdrop of a tiger behind him and vented: ‘Forget about the whole business of hiring someone to kill Carole. This is someone… look at the tiger behind me.
‘This is a man who walked up to five trusting tigers, who knew him, healthy tigers, and took a shotgun and blew their brains out. ‘If anyone doesn’t believe he belongs in jail for that, they have my sympathy.’
Exotic is currently scheduled for release from prison in March 2037.
Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix.
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