Tiger King's Doc Antle charged with animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking
He could be joining the Tiger King behind bars soon.
Doc Antle is a recognisable face across the globe due in large part to his appearance on the Netflix documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which aired earlier this year. The safari park owner is now being accused of allegedly trafficking lion cubs between Virginia and South Carolina along with another park owner.
Antle, the owner of 'Myrtle Beach Safari' in South Carolina, has been charged with one felony count of wildlife trafficking, one felony count of conspiracy to traffic wildlife, four misdemeanour counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act, and nine misdemeanour counts of animal cruelty.
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According to The Independent, these charges come as a result of a long investigation into the relationship between Doc Antle and Keith Wilson, who owns 'Wilson's Wild Animal Park' in Virginia. The authorities involved have said that both men "trafficked lion clubs between Virginia and South Carolina".
Wilson and Antle's two daughters are also facing charges relating to animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a docu-series released by Netflix in March, it focuses mostly on Joseph Maldonado-Passage (also known as Joe Exotic) a magician/wildlife park owner who is currently serving 22 years in prison for murder-for-hire and other wildlife violations.
Antle has been a vocal opponent to the documentary since its release.