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King Richard’s Faire: 27 years of caged tigers is enough

September 7, 2012
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Big Cat Rescue

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More than 27 years in a row. That’s how long Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been carting tigers, lions, ligers and cubs from his South Carolina facility to the King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts. More than 27 years!

The King Richard’s Faire opened last weekend (Sept. 1) and runs for EIGHT weekends until the end of October. The big cats will be forced to perform in Antle’s “Tale of the Tiger Big Cat Show” 3 times a day and will be on display in the “Royal Zoo” area the rest of the time.

Isn’t it time to give these majestic cats a break?

Did the management of this Renaissance festival ever bother to look into Antle’s background? We may never know – the General Manager of the festival did not respond to our calls and email. If she had looked into Antle’s history, she easily would have found that he has decades of animal care citations and investigations dating all the way back to 1989!

Antle is also one of the most notorious exploiters of tiger cubs in the country. He operates two facilities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that offer cub handling and photos with cubs for a fee. He incessantly breeds tiger cubs in order to use them to make money at these locations. From what we have been told by very upset visitors, cubs as young as 3 weeks old are routinely subjected to being handled by person after person paying to have their photos taken with the cubs for a number of hours each day.

And what happens to these cubs when they are too large and dangerous for people to hold and pet? There is no way to know how many of these tigers end up living miserable lives in conditions compassionate people like you would consider inhumane. Visitors to Antle’s facilities have told us that when they have asked where the tigers end up, they were only given evasive answers. We DO know that some of his cats have been sold or given to other exhibitors with highly questionable backgrounds and numerous USDA violations.

While animal acts are unfortunately still legal in the United States, that does not make them okay. Big cats DO NOT belong in circus acts or shows, should not be bred and used for entertainment, and should not be forced to travel the country simply so exhibitors can make money from them.

Would you once again speak up for the big cats who have no voice?  YOU can let the King Richard’s Faire and its major sponsors such as Pepsi and Coors Light know that the time has come to END the exploitation of big cats and their cubs


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I am very concerned about the exploitation of the tigers and other big cats in your “Tale of the Tiger Big Cat Show” at the King Richard’s Faire for the next 8 weeks.

While animal acts are unfortunately still legal in the United States, that does not make them okay. Society has changed. It is no longer acceptable for fairs and festivals to host “shows” where exotic cats are used as entertainment, forced to perform, and subjected to living and traveling in small cages and semi-trailers. There are so many better ways to entertain and delight your customers — without being at the expense of the cats!

Did you know that the group at your festival has decades of animal care citations and investigations dating all the way back to 1989?

Or that Bhagavan Antle, the head of this group, is considered by many to be one of the most notorious breeders and exploiters of tiger cubs in our country? He operates two facilities in South Carolina that offer cub handling and photos with cubs for a fee. He incessantly breeds tiger cubs in order to use them to make money.

And what happens to these cubs when they are too large and dangerous for people to hold and pet? There is no way to know how many of these tigers end up living miserable lives in conditions compassionate people who care about animals would consider inhumane. Visitors to Antle’s facilities have asked where the tigers end up, but were only given evasive answers. It is known that at least some of his cats have been sold or given to other exhibitors with highly questionable backgrounds and numerous USDA violations.

I am truly saddened that the King Richard’s Faire has allowed Antle to bring his exploitative big cat “show” to the fair for more than 27 years! Big cats DO NOT belong in circus acts or shows, should not be bred and used for entertainment, and should not be forced to travel the country simply so exhibitors can make money from them.

Send Antle and the tigers back home — and STOP being part of the problem in the exploitation of tigers in this country!


We are big cats,
Born to be free,
Not to be part of
Human stupidity.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2012 12:06 pm

    We are big cats,
    Born to be free,
    Not to be part of
    Human stupidity.

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  2. September 7, 2012 4:12 pm

    SENT LED ON EVERY SINGLE FB PAGE LMAO I ALSO SHARED IN SEVERAL PLACES THANKS STACEY! MY COMPUTER IS ACTING UP AGAIN SO IF YOU DONT SEE ME HERE IN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS IT MEANS IM GETTING MY LAPTOP FIXED………AGAIN LOL THANKS LADIES

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    • September 7, 2012 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much, dear Florence. I’ll miss you, but that’s cool you are getting your laptop fixed!

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