Animal Trainer from ‘Tiger King’ Receives Suspended Sentence for Wildlife Trafficking

Animal Trainer from ‘Tiger King’ Receives Suspended Sentence for Wildlife Trafficking

Animal trainer Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, known for his appearance in the Netflix series “Tiger King,” has been handed a suspended two-year sentence after being convicted of wildlife trafficking in Virginia. The state attorney general’s office announced that Antle has also been banned from owning and dealing in exotic wild animals in the state for five years. Attorney General Jason Miyares stated that Antle was found guilty of illegally purchasing endangered lion cubs in Frederick County, Virginia, for display and profit at his South Carolina zoo. Antle faced two felony counts each of wildlife trafficking and conspiring to wildlife traffic, with a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The prosecution argued that Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari’s petting zoo drove him to maintain a constant supply of immature lion cubs, leading to illegal cub exchanges in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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