Tiger King villain and Myrtle Beach Safari operator Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was indicted on 10 federal charges, including previously announced money-laundering charges as well as six counts of wildlife crimes for allegedly engaging in wildlife trafficking with cheetahs, red ruffed lemurs, and a chimpanzee. Antle had previously been charged with two felony counts of wildlife trafficking under Virginia law and felony wildlife-trafficking and cruelty-to-animals charges related to trafficking lion cubs from the now-defunct Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, information that was discovered pursuant to the execution of a search warrant by the Virginia attorney general’s Animal Law Unit in 2019, following years of work by PETA.
‘Doc’ Antle Indicted on Federal Charges
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