Restaurant Sanctioned In Defamation Suit Over Tiger Welfare

By Jess Krochtengel (February 24, 2017, 10:21 PM EST) -- A Texas state court judge has awarded a $450,000 sanction against restaurant group Landry's Inc. and its Houston aquarium restaurant, and dismissed a defamation suit they brought against the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which claims tigers held at the aquarium had been mistreated.

In a Feb. 22 ruling, Harris County District Judge Steven Kirkland ordered Landry's and Houston Aquarium Inc., which operate the Downtown Aquarium complex — which includes a restaurant, aquarium, Ferris wheel and white tiger exhibit — to pay $250,000 to the ALDF and $200,000 to a prospective plaintiff in a complaint about the tigers, Cheryl Conley.

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