Tiger King's Doc Antle indicted on wildlife trafficking charges
Tiger King star Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle has been indicted on wildlife trafficking charges by the Virginia attorney general’s animal law unit.
The unit has been conducting a months-long investigation on the owner of South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Safari and announced the charges in a statement on Friday.
The Netflix star, 60, was charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic and 13 additional misdemeanor charges relating to animal cruelty and the Endangered Species Act.
In a press release, Attorney General Mark Herring confirmed that the unit also conducted an investigation on Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Winchester, Virginia.
The office discovered that Antle and the owner of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, Keith Wilson, had allegedly trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and South Carolina.
Wilson similarly faces one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic and 17 misdemeanor charges.
It was also revealed that two of Antle’s daughters have been charged with misdemeanors.
Tawny Antle faces one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.
While Tilakum Watterson has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two misdemeanor counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.
Antle found himself in the spotlight this year after Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness premiered on Netflix.
And viewers were quick to call out the zoo owner’s practises, while he went on to slam the series for being ‘salacious’ and stated he was disappointed with his portrayal.
Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix.
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