Doc Antle, the proprietor of the Myrtle Seaside Safari animal park featured in Netflix’s Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem, and Insanity, has been charged with wildlife trafficking, prosecutors introduced on Friday, in accordance with the New York Times.
Bhagavan Antle, in any other case often known as Doc, has been charged with animal trafficking in a case linked to lion cubs being moved between Virginia and South Carolina.
Antle was charged with two felony counts in addition to 13 misdemeanors, in accordance with the Workplace of the Lawyer Normal of Virginia.
Antle’s two daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakam Watterson, are additionally dealing with a number of misdemeanor expenses linked to animal cruelty and alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act.
Antle issued an announcement strongly denying the fees.
“I categorically deny any act or conduct that would ever be thought of as ‘animal cruelty,’” Antle stated. “I’ve spent my complete skilled life selling the welfare and conservation of huge cats and different species.”
Antle’s public profile skyrocketed on account of Netflix’s Tiger King documentary sequence, however it was Joseph Maldonado-Passage (AKA Joe Unique) who was featured because the documentary’s true star. Maldonado-Passage is now serving a 22-year sentence for trying to rent a hitman to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin, who was additionally featured within the sequence.
Netflix has declined to remark to the Occasions on the fees introduced up towards Antle.
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The costs are one a part of a prolonged investigation by the Virginia legal professional normal’s legislation unit. The investigation centered on the connection between Antle and one Keith A. Wilson, proprietor of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Virginia. Wilson faces two felony expenses in connection to wildlife trafficking and 17 misdemeanors. Wilson was additionally beforehand indicted in November with 46 counts of animal cruelty by a grand jury in November and is awaiting trial in June 2021.
“I’ve deep regard and emotions for the animals in my care and would by no means harm or abuse them in any method,” Antle stated in his assertion. “I look ahead to with the ability to reply these expenses and be capable of clear my good identify.”
The craze over Netflix’s Tiger King docu-series proved so huge that a number of offshoots at the moment are in numerous levels of manufacturing. Kate McKinnon and NBCUniversal have teamed up to produce a new series focused on Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. Nicolas Cage has also been cast as Joe Exotic in a different series from CBS, which might be Cage’s first TV position. Investigation Discovery has greenlit a series focused on investigating Carole Baskin.
IGN gave Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness an eight out of 10, calling it a “fascinating and miserable look contained in the world of huge cat fanatics.”
Joseph Knoop is a author/producer for IGN, and he is emphatically a canine particular person.