‘Doc’ Antle Tries to Offload Roadside Zoo: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
August 31, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – PETA has just learned of a new development in the Bhagavan “Doc” Antle case: According to a newly released government document, Antle is trying to sell Myrtle Beach Safari to “Sugriva Co LLC,” a company created by one of his romantic partners, China York, in a move made just days after Antle’s June 2022 arrest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) informed the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) of the deal after York applied for a federal Animal Welfare Act exhibitor’s license, and the DOJ is now seeking to modify the conditions of Antle’s bond to prevent him from selling the roadside zoo and/or transferring ownership of any animals protected under Endangered Species Act.

Below, please see a statement in response from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler:

In the face of potential prison time, Bhagavan “Doc” Antle is grasping at straws to try to keep his seedy roadside zoo going if he ends up behind bars. The U.S. Department of Justice is making the right call by seeking to stop this shady deal, and as the USDA investigates PETA’s complaint about Antle’s dangerous and exploitative big-cat encounters, PETA is urging the agency not to issue any more licenses to anyone seeking to exhibit animals from Myrtle Beach Safari or to purchase the company.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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