Published: Tue, December 29, 2020
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'Tiger King' Star Doc Antle Indicted For Animal Cruelty, Trafficking

'Tiger King' Star Doc Antle Indicted For Animal Cruelty, Trafficking

This week, Antle was indicted in Virginia on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges.

Antle, the owner and founder of Myrtle Beach Safari, was indicted Friday in Virginia for felony wildlife trafficking after a months-long investigation found evidence he trafficked lion cubs between SC and Virginia ... according to Virginia's Attorney General.

The safari park owner, who appeared in the Netflix documentary earlier this year, is accused of allegedly trafficking lion cubs between Virginia and SC, along with Keith A Wilson, another animal park owner.

Two of Antle's daughters are also facing animal cruelty charges following the indictment, according to the Virginia Office of the Attorney General.

Two of Antle's daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakum Watterson, respectively face misdemeanor charges related to animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.

The animals were seized during execution of a search warrant on August 15 and 16, 2019 at Wilson's Wild Animal Park.

Virginia authorities said they seized more than 100 animals from Wilson's zoo in August 2019-including "lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, water buffalo" and others that were not specified.


That's how Magician Jay Owenhouse described Bhagavan "Doc" Antle to 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears in July after admitting he procured tigers from Antle.

The hits keep on coming for "Tiger King" and the ethically dubious characters in Joe Exotic's orbit.

In a statement obtained by the New York Times, Antle said: "I categorically deny any act or conduct that could ever be considered as 'animal cruelty.' I have spent my entire professional life promoting the welfare and conservation of big cats and other species".

You may remember Doc Antle as the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari in SC.

In January, before the series came out, Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted rival animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin, as well as for violating federal wildlife laws.

On Wednesday, the docuseries' Tim Stark, the founder of the self-proclaimed animal refuge Wildlife in Need in IN, was arrested in Granville, N.Y., according to local news outlets.

Neither Antle nor his lawyers have commented yet on the charges, but with a second season of Tiger King rumored, it's quite possible he will wait until he's back on Netflix to address them. "Antle's tiger mill has been the source of huge cruelty to hundreds of tigers and must be shut down".

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