On June 3, the FBI arrested Tiger King villain and Myrtle Seaside Safari operator Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, who now faces federal fees for cash laundering. Antle can be dealing with felony wildlife-trafficking fees in addition to cruelty-to-animals fees in Virginia associated to trafficking lion cubs.
#TigerKing‘s “Doc” Antle has been charged with 2 felony counts involving wildlife trafficking! He couldn’t put himself within the animals’ place, so he needs to be the place he put them: behind bars.@USDA wants to finish the particular therapy & shut down his merciless wildlife-handling occasions.
— PETA (@peta) June 17, 2022
Following a detention listening to earlier this month in relation to Antle’s pending fees for cash laundering, a decide reportedly set his bond at $250,000. When he’s launched on bond, Antle will reportedly be restricted to his Myrtle Seaside property and he will probably be prohibited from violating state or federal legislation.
The federal authorities has said in courtroom testimony and a subsequent courtroom submitting that Antle is anticipated to face extra fees throughout the subsequent 30 days.
Doc Antle’s Soiled Laundry
In line with the prison criticism, Antle was allegedly concerned in cash laundering alongside along with his affiliate Andrew Sawyer. Antle and Sawyer supposedly believed that the cash they have been laundering was revenue from an operation that smuggled South American immigrants into the U.S. illegally through Mexico. They allegedly laundered over $500,000 throughout a four-month interval.
Antle allegedly used his roadside zoo, Myrtle Seaside Safari, as a part of the cash laundering scheme—specifically, as a entrance to “wash” these ill-gotten positive factors. In alternate for a proportion of the illegally obtained money (i.e., a “washing” price), he allegedly issued checks that have been purportedly to cowl building prices across the facility, however no precise building was carried out.
The prison criticism additionally notes that he allegedly as soon as sought to launder money with a purpose to purchase monkeys.
Antle has exploited animals for leisure for practically 40 years. Since early in his profession, he’s been cited for numerous animal welfare violations.
Who Is Andrew Sawyer?
Antle’s affiliate Andrew Sawyer is a defendant in PETA’s federal Endangered Species Act case towards the Missouri Primate Basis (MPF), which has already resulted within the switch of 9 chimpanzees to accredited sanctuaries. Sawyer beforehand boarded a chimpanzee named Joey on the MPF, the place he was held in isolation, however after PETA despatched the required discover that we’d be submitting our claims, he took Joey in his automotive and fled.
PETA received abstract judgment towards Sawyer, and the courtroom ordered him to switch Joey to an accredited sanctuary. He’s presently in contempt of the Missouri courtroom’s order for failing to take action.
As a situation of Sawyer’s launch on bond from the South Carolina jail that had been holding him since his arrest for the cash laundering fees, he’s required to switch Joey to the sanctuary as quickly because it has house accessible.
Assist Finish the Reign of Terror
Practically each animal exploiter featured in Tiger King is now in custody, out of enterprise, or dealing with administrative citations or prison fees. Assist PETA make the abusive huge cat cub-petting trade a factor of the previous: Please urge Myrtle Seaside Safari to finish its merciless public encounters and ship the animals to respected services the place they may stay in peace and get the care that they deserve.