Carole Baskin has discussed some of the gruesome death threats she has received since appearing on the Netflix phenomenon Tiger King last year.
The big cat activist, 59, explained that she has received hundreds of terrifying threats from the fans of Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a prison sentence for hiring someone to kill Carole.
In a new interview prior to her Louis Theroux documentary, Carole revealed some of the abuse she faces on a daily basis following the documentary’s backlash that focuses on America’s big cat community.
Horrifying: Carole Baskin has discussed some of the horrific death threats she has received since appearing on Netflix phenomenon Tiger King last year
Carole revealed some of the messages she has received Sun one person left a voicemail for her that said, ‘You deserve to die, b ****’
While another person said, ‘You killed your husband and I’m coming to your house to kill you,’ a female caller spits.
The show followed Joe’s life at his big cat attraction and his ongoing feud with Carole, who made several attempts to stop his surgery.
Carole told the publication: ‘The show unleashed a tidal wave of hatred. The phone rang every two minutes. These people thought I killed my husband and they said they wanted to kill me, my family and the cats. ‘
Real Life Events: The 59-year-old Big Cat activist explained that she has received hundreds of terrifying threats from Joe Exotic’s (pictured) fans, who is currently serving a prison sentence for hiring someone to kill Carole.
The American star said she felt that ‘millions’ of people were misled by the story the documentary portrayed about the situation.
However, Carole’s husband Howard seemed more forgiving to Joe in an interview with the Mirror, as he revealed he would push for a reduced sentence if Joe apologized.
He said, ‘If Joe came out and said,’ I now know what I did was wrong and I want to help. I want to support the passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act and stop this breeding. ‘
If he did, it could positively position him for grace. And frankly, I may be willing to at least push for a reduction in his sentence. ‘
Last week, Carole first shared how she was inundated with insulting messages and death threats in the months after Netflix’s Tiger King aired last year.
In the series, which she has since spoken out against, Carole was seen clapping horns with the life-size Joe Exotic, 58.
And during a performance on ITV’s This Morning with her husband Howard on Friday, big cat lover Carole admitted that members of the audience immediately expressed a desire to harm her after watching the hit series.
Death Threats: During a new interview ahead of her Louis Theroux documentary, Carole revealed some of the abuse she faces on a daily basis. Pictured with husband Howard
She said: ‘My husband and I binge watched it, just like everyone else, because the teasers for it didn’t sound like something we thought we were working on.
‘We thought we were doing the Blackfish for big cats and the teasers looked like some kind of freak show. So we sat through it and thought, ‘At some point, they get to the important stuff,’ and they just never did. ‘
She added: ‘We just looked at each other in astonishment and said,’ That was a missed opportunity. And then my phone started ringing and it rang every two minutes for three months with people yelling obscenities at me saying they wanted to kill me.
‘They wanted to kill my family, they wanted to kill the cats, they wanted to burn the place down. I asked them, “Why do you want to kill the cats?”
Loggerheads: In the series, Carole was seen closing horns with life-size Joe Exotic, 58 – who has been convicted of animal cruelty and an attempted contract murder on Carole
‘And they said,’ Because they don’t belong in cages, ‘and we told them,’ That’s our whole mission – that we save them in the wild. ‘
Howard added, ‘A tidal wave comes in very quickly and recedes very slowly, so that’s what happened.
“For three months we had a nightmare, a constant barrage and then it subsided and now we see the pendulum swinging the other way.”
However, Carole shockedly went on to reveal that the vile threats to her life to her were anything but business as usual as her campaign against keeping big cats locked up has earned her enemies.
She said, ‘Actually my life has been under threat for the past 20 years since we worked on the bills to end the captivity of big cats and what you guys saw in Tiger King was just one person and a few threats.
Big interview: The couple were interviewed by co-hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond
‘For the past 20 years I have had to hire bodyguards to come with me when speaking in public … I have been physically attacked by people so I am very happy that this one person [Joe Exotic] is in prison.
‘I think it had a chilling effect on these people who threatened me so often, but it’s no different from Tiger King because I always had to be very vigilant about people mistreating big cats. They don’t have any respect for life. ‘
Speaking of starring in an upcoming Louis Theroux documentary, Carole told This Morning co-hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary that her goal has always been to save big cats.
She said, “The goal for us is always the end game, which is to end captivity of big cats and save them in the wild. That is what we want to focus our attention on. It’s not as personal when people talk about rescuing big cats. ‘
Enemies: Carole went on to say that her life’s vile threats to her were anything but business as usual, as her campaign against keeping big cats locked up has earned her enemies.
Dermot asked Carole to meet Joe Exotic and Carole said, “I’ve never talked to him. I’ve seen him four or five times, but they’ve all been in court. ‘
Howard added: ‘I spoke to him and I had a mediation for 12 hours. My approach has always been to be professional, shake hands with him. And even Joe said, “Howard always treats me politely.”
There was a somewhat humorous incident – our attorney showed him page after page of these horribly sexually oriented posts he made about Carole and Joe sheepishly said, ‘Yeah, I posted that. ‘
‘We took a break and ended up getting a bottle of water at the same time and Joe says,’ Nothing personal. ‘ Wow.’
Episode: Carole and Howard appear with Louis Theroux in Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic
Alison asked Carole what is the only question people ask her when they see her and she replies, “Can I take a selfie?”
She added, ‘I ask everyone to keep their distance because if someone wanted to kill me, that would be the easiest way to shut me down.
“There have been instances where they scared me half to death. I cycle to work and a few weeks ago a large dark SUV drove me off the road.
Everyone jumps out and starts running towards me. I thought I was being kidnapped, but it was just people with their phones running up to me and asking me for a selfie. ‘
Fear: Carole has previously admitted she remains concerned that 58-year-old Joe Exotic – who is imprisoned for attempted contract killing of Carole – will ‘finish what he planned’
Sentence: Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, has served about two years of a 22-year sentence after being convicted of 17 federal charges in 2019