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'Tiger King's' Doc Antle charged with animal trafficking, cruelty

'Tiger King's' Doc Antle charged with animal trafficking, cruelty”

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari featured in the Netflix docu-series, has been indicted in Virginia for allegedly trafficking lion cubs between Virginia and SC, the office of Virginia Atty.

The dominoes keep falling for people who gained notoriety on the Netflix documentary series "Tiger King". Four of those are for alleged Endangered Species Act violations, four more are for conspiracy, and the remaining nine are for animal cruelty.

Additionally, Keith A. Wilson, owner of Wilson's Wild Animal Park, was charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic and 17 additional misdemeanor charges.

Wilson, the owner of Wilson's Wild Animal Park, has been indicted for violating the Endangered Species Act, wildlife trafficking, animal cruelty and conspiracy, according to The AP.

Doc Antle, one of the major players in the ongoing "Tiger King" saga, has just been indicted on wildlife trafficking charges in Virginia. Following the news, Antle told Access Hollywood, "I'm terribly shocked and disappointed at the charges that have been filed against me by the Commonwealth of Virginia and how they've sought to involve my daughters in this stuff, just insane".

Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for attempting to hire a hit man to murder Florida zoo rival Carole Baskin and violating the Endangered Species Act.

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Antle could not immediately be reached for comment. The office of Attorney General Mark Herring said the indictments came after a months-long investigation into illegal lion cub trafficking, which culminated in a raid of Antle's park back in December.

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.

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.

Antle operates the Myrtle Beach Safari in SC with the aid of many young women with whom he also has romantic relationships. The animals were turned over to rescue organizations.

Wilson and Dall'Acqua's trial date has been set for June 2021.



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