A man who was held by a Texas Court to be guilty of mistreating more than 27,000 animals and who was later named in a federal arrest warrant issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for alleged protected wildlife trafficking is living and working in Auckland.
The man, through his lawyer, says he does not agree with the court rulings and he strongly denies the charges brought by USFWS.
New Zealand resident Jasen Shaw ran Texas-based exotic pet business US Global Exotics until it was shut down late in 2009 after a judge in the City of Arlington, Texas Municipal Court ruled all 27,000 animals – representing 500 species including frogs, lemurs, iguanas and even wallabies sourced from Rotorua – held at the facility, were deprived of food, water and living space in a manner that amounted to cruel treatment.
Also, a Fish and Wildlife Service investigation led to an arrest warrant for protected wildlife trafficking being issued for Shaw in February, 2010.
The 39-year-old became subject to an Interpol red notice, raising international border alerts. It is understood the border alert had not been activated before he flew home.
Since returning to New Zealand he has remained silent on the Texas-based case....