US 'Doc' Antle from 'Tiger King' fame has been indicted on wildlife trafficking charges

02:15  12 october  2020
02:15  12 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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“ Antle ’s tiger mill has been the source of immense cruelty to hundreds of tigers and must be shut down,” Kitty Block, the Last November, the Virginia attorney general, Mark R. Herring, announced that Mr. Wilson and his nephew Christian Dall’Acqua had both been indicted on 46 counts of animal

Bhagavan “ Doc ” Antle , who was featured in ' Tiger King ,' has been indicted on wildlife trafficking , animal cruelty and other charges . Wilson was indicted on numerous counts of animal cruelty last year, and was hit with additional wildlife trafficking charges in the indictment today.

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, one of the many characters in Netflix's "Tiger King," has been indicted on wildlife trafficking charges after an investigation by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

a person petting a cat: Bhagavan © Netflix Bhagavan "Doc" Antle in a scene from the Netflix docuseries "Tiger King."

Antle owns a private zoo in South Carolina called Myrtle Beach Safari, which was featured in "Tiger King." He's previously said he was "very disappointed" in his portrayal in the documentary, CNN affiliate WPDE-TV reported.

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' Tiger King ' Subject Bhagavan ' Doc ' Antle Indicted for Wildlife Trafficking Charges . Antle was indicted for felony wildlife trafficking , and has also been charged with 1 felony count of The investigation that led to the indictments included a search at Antle 's South Carolina property in Dec.

The owner of a popular private zoo in South Carolina who was featured in the television series Tiger King has been indicted in Virginia on 15 charges that include wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty related to his activity with lions .

"I have spent my entire professional life promoting the welfare and conservation of big cats and other species. I have deep regard and feelings for the animals in my care and would never hurt or abuse them in any way," Antle told CNN.

"I look forward to being able to answer these charges and to be able to clear my good name," he said.

Herring's Animal Law Unit investigated Antle's relationship with Keith Wilson, the owner of Wilson's Wild Animal Park in Virginia, and found that both men trafficked lion cubs between South Carolina and Virginia, according to a news release from Herring's office.

A search warrant was executed in August 2019 at Wilson's park, where authorities seized 119 animals including tigers, bears, lions, goats, camels, water buffalo and more, the release said.

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Bhagavan " Doc " Antle , one of the major players in the ongoing “ Tiger King ” saga, has just been indicted on wildlife trafficking charges in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in a statement to Fox News on Friday that the indictment against Antle and his cohort are warranted.

A wild animal trainer featured in the popular Netflix series “ Tiger King ” has been indicted in Virginia on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges . A public relations representative for Myrtle Beach Safari did not immediately respond to a call and email seeking comment from Antle .

"During a 12 hour seizure hearing held on August 29, 2019 in Frederick County General District Court, animal welfare experts testified as to the inadequate conditions and cruelty at Wilson's Wild Animal Park and photo and video evidence was entered showing inadequate conditions of animals and facilities," the release said.

Animal control agencies and exotic and agricultural animal rescue partner organizations have taken custody of the animals seized at Wilson's park, the release said.

In November 2019, Wilson and his nephew were indicted on 46 counts of animal cruelty by a grand jury in Frederick County, about 90 miles west of Washington, DC. The trial date has been set for Wilson and nephew for June 21-25, 2021.

Wilson is being represented by the Cavalry Group, a member-based company advocating for private property rights of animal owners and animal related businesses, according to the organization's president, Mindy Patterson. Wilson has been a member of the Cavalry Group for five years, Patterson said.

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On Friday, news broke that Antle had been indicted on multiple wildlife trafficking charges . According to Variety, an investigation by Virginia Two of Antle 's daughters were also indicted along with him on Wednesday. Tawny Antle faces one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and one

Bhagavan “ Doc ” Antle , the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari, who appears on the show, is accused of trafficking lion cubs between Virginia and South One of the stars of Netflix’s “ Tiger King ” is facing wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty charges after a months-long investigation by the Virginia

"The Cavalry Group maintains that Keith Wilson is innocent of all charges and that he will be cleared when he has his day in court," Patterson told CNN in an email.

Herring's investigation found its way to South Carolina in December 2019 when a search warrant was executed at Antle's property by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Agency, according to the news release. Along with Antle, two of his daughters -- Tawny Antle and Tilakam Watterson -- were charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and violating the Endangered Species Act, the release said.

Neither of Antle's daughters have an attorney, Antle said. Speaking for them, he said neither of them would hurt or abuse animals in any way and they look forward to clearing their names.

"The show Tiger King made a number of false statements about my personal life that I just let slide off my back," Antle told CNN.

"But what the State of Virginia has done, to falsely attack my treatment of animals, to attempt to slander my reputation and my life's work, solely to appease animal rights activists that have influence over the elected officials that have brought these charges is far different and it's very personal to me," he said.

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