Tiger King's Doc Antle Charged With Wildlife Trafficking

James Marshall
October 13, 2020

Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that a months-long investigation found that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle and the owner of a roadside zoo in Virginia trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and SC.

The animal trainer was finally charged after a many-month investigation that revealed that Antle trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and SC.

It's been reported by Variety that Bhagavan "Doc" Antle has been indicted and charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic and 13 additional misdemeanor charges by the animal law unit (it's a thing, apparently) of the Virigina Attorney General's office.

Antle issued a statement strongly denying the charges.

I have spent my entire professional life promoting the welfare and conservation of big cats and other species.

"Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" is one of Netflix's popular miniseries of 2020 that particularly focused on Tiger breeders in Oklahoman and Florida wherein Antle, who is the owner of the Myrtle Beach Safari in SC, appeared as one of the characters in the miniseries. (Joe Exotic is now serving 22 years in federal prison for hiring a hitman to murder Baskin.) But it also shined a light on the murky world of exotic animal parks and portrayed Antle as an inspiration to other private zookeepers.

Netflix has declined to comment to the Times on the charges brought up against Antle. Wilson was also handed wildlife trafficking charges by the Grand Jury of Frederick County following the attorney general's investigation.

Wilson has been served 46 cases of animal cruelty and has continued to be charged with identical charges that are identical to Antle and another four cases of conspiracy for violating Endangered Species Act. Wilson faces two felony charges in connection to wildlife trafficking and 17 misdemeanors. Two of Antle's daughters have also been indicted on charges of violating the same act, along with multiple counts of animal cruelty. "I have deep regard and feelings for the animals in my care and would never hurt or abuse them in any way", Antle said, adding that he wanted to clear his name. Kate McKinnon and NBCUniversal have teamed up to produce a new series focused on Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. The woman he allegedly plotted to murder, animal rights activist Carole Baskin, just appeared as a contestant on the latest season of Dancing With the Stars.

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