Joe Exotic not pardoned: ‘He belongs in a cage’ says Carole Baskin

Last Modified: 9th Sep

Joe “Exotic” Passage has not received a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump as he remained unlisted on the long list of last-minute pardons and commuted sentences. And according to his nemesis Carole Baskin, he deserves the same treatment he gave his animals.

Baskin added that he was pleased if not surprised that incarcerated Netflix docuseries star Joe “Exotic” Passage was not included in the presidential pardon. 

“I think only Joe’s team and the media were ever even thinking about a pardon for Joe. Baskin told BuzzFeed News.

“There is no benefit, other than a feeble attempt to deflect attention, for anyone to pardon someone who walked up to five tigers and shot them in the head in order to clear cage space for the circus, who was going to pay him to board their tigers during the offseason,” she added.

Joe “Exotic” Passage (Image: Cleveland)

Exotic’s legal team was confident that Trump would pardon the 57-year-old serving a 22-year sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot against Baskin that they prepared a limo and beauty crew.

“This time tomorrow, we’re going to be celebrating,” Exotic’s lead attorney said. “We have good reason to believe it will come through.”

However, when it was revealed that Exotic would not be pardoned, his lawyer Francisco Hernandez wrote on Facebook, “It is the President’s Constitutional right to Pardon and we have to accept and respect his use of discretion. Our mission is just and continues.”

Baskin, on the other hand, feels Exotic deserves his sentence. “Tigers are the world’s favorite animal and Joe Schreibvogel Maldonado Passage is right where he belongs: in a cage,” she told BuzzFeed.

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