Tiger King star Doc Antle, aka Bhagavan Antle, has been indicted on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking. Virginia Lawyer Basic Mark Herring’s Animal Legislation Unit says that Antle and Keith A. Wilson, the proprietor of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Frederick County, Virginia, trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and Antle’s Myrtle Seashore Safari park. The Netflix docuseries revealed that Antle’s safari park was raided again in December by federal legislation enforcement the place they discovered quite a few circumstances of animal cruelty.
In response to court docket paperwork, Bhagavan Antle has been charged with “1 felony rely of conspiracy to promote or transport endangered wildlife, four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, and 9 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.” As well as, Antle’s daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakam Watterson, had been charged with “misdemeanors for animal cruelty and violating the Endangered Species Act.” Keith A. Wilson had 119 animals, together with lions, tigers, bears, camels, goats, and water buffalo seized from his Wild Animal Park. Wilson admitted to legislation enforcement that among the animals had come from Antle.
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Whereas Joe Unique is the undisputed star of Tiger King, Doc Antle is correct up there, together with Carole Baskin. Antle ran what gave the impression to be an animal park, combined with a cult. He solely employed feminine staff who he deemed worthy sufficient to work with him, whereas he claimed to be an Japanese mystic. He introduced animals to the celebs, together with the notorious Britney Spears VMA efficiency the place she dealt with a big snake, whereas Antle dealt with a lion behind her. By 2019, he had racked up over 35 USDA violations for mistreating animals on his property, which additionally consists of allegations of euthanizing tiger cubs.
Doc Antle may very effectively find yourself becoming a member of Joe Unique in jail if confirmed responsible. Unique continues to be wheeling and dealing from behind bars and making an attempt to get a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, whereas additionally making an attempt to maintain Carole Baskin’s title within the information too. Baskin has been accused of killing her husband and feeding him to her tigers by many within the Tiger King internal circle, although she has denied having something to do with the disappearance of Don Lewis for many years now. She can be not below legal investigation at this second.
As for Keith A. Wilson, he has additionally been charged with a number of counts of animal cruelty over time. Final yr, federal legislation enforcement visited his property the place they noticed an animal with a swollen face, tiger meals with maggots in it, and what they described as a “monkey dungeon.” Like Doc Antle, Wilson might discover himself behind bars too. The one one who’s seemingly doing okay from the Netflix collection is Carole Baskin, who was not too long ago on Dancing with the Stars. TMZ was the primary to report on Doc Antle’s newest authorized troubles.