Doc Antle, 60, star of the Netflix show Tiger King, has been indicted for wildlife trafficking charges.
The indictment is a result of a lengthy investigation of Antle’s actions.
In addition to Doc Antle’s charges, his two daughters, Tawny Antle and Tilakum Watterson, have also been indicted.
I know most of you learned about Doc Antle after watching the 'Tiger King', but for those of us who are dedicated to animal welfare he has been a target for years
Amazing news…and long overdue.
I'm worried for the wildlife on his property now…including the African elephant https://t.co/GUj70QYv2e
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 9, 2020
The investigation centered around the trafficking of cubs between Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari and a Virginia zoo owned by Keith A. Wilson.
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s animal law unit led the investigation.
Brittany Peet, the PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, shared her reaction:
“The dominos are falling one by one—nearly every animal abuser featured in Tiger King is now in custody, out of business, or facing administrative or criminal charges. After years of working to stop ‘Doc’ Antle’s cruel tiger-petting sessions and chimpanzee video stunts, PETA is eager to see him face the courtroom—and the consequence.”
Myrtle Beach Safari owner Doc Antle from #TigerKing, & Wilson’s Wild Animal Park owner Keith A. Wilson, indicted on felony wildlife trafficking & other charges.
— Alysoun Mahoney 马皓薇 (@Alysoun_Mahoney) October 11, 2020
Charges were announced on October 9, 2020, and they are numerous.
Doc Antle was charged with 2 felonies and 13 misdemeanors as follows:
- One felony count of wildlife trafficking
- One felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic
- Four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act
- Nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty
Tawny Antle was charged with 2 misdemeanors as follows:
- One misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals
- One misdemeanor count of violating the Endangered Species Act
Tilakum Watterson was charged with 4 misdemeanors as follows:
- Two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals
- Two misdemeanor counts of violating the Endangered Species Act
Doc Antle’s Practices Have Come Under Scrutiny Before.
This is not Doc Antle’s first brush with the law regarding animal cruelty.
Reports indicate that he has violations as far back as 1989 for abandoning deer and peacocks at his Virginia zoo.
He also has at least 35 prior violations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for mistreating animals.
Doc Antle’s Reaction To The Charges.
Antle never appears to be at a loss of words or to shy away from the media; however, he has been quiet since the indictment.
He hasn’t been seen or heard from since the indictment was made public.
Furthermore, Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari did not respond to calls for a comment.
And there is no attorney on record for Antle to potentially provide a comment either.
Tiger King – Season 2?
Netflix has not publicly said if a second season of Antle’s show Tiger King is in the works.
Given the legal problems of Antle, his family, and another star of the show, Joe Exotic, it is unclear if the show has a future.
Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison for multiple charges which include engineering a murder-for-hire plot.
Reportedly, there is a lot of unseen footage from the first season so using that could be an option for Netflix if it chooses to continue the show.