After Lil Pump took a trip to notorious Tiger King star Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari, PETA has submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture over a stunt during the visit.
Earlier this week (Nov. 4), Antle posted a video on Instagram of the rapper getting lifted up by an elephant named Bubbles via his trunk, which PETA’s associate director of captive animal law enforcement Debbie Metzler noted in her complaint as “exceptionally dangerous.”
“Not only is coming into direct physical contact with an elephant’s powerful trunk extremely risky, but Lil Pump’s fall could have spooked Bubbles and led to her stepping on Lil Pump as he landed, or she could have bolted through the crowd and injured any number of bystanders,” the statement, obtained by Billboard, reads.
The animal rights organization also took issue with another clip Antle shared, in which Pump is seen “in direct physical contact with a juvenile tiger.” Metzler cited a violation in the law, which reads that “[d]uring public exhibition, any animal must be handled so there is minimal risk of harm to the animal and to the public, with sufficient distance and/or barriers between the animal and the general viewing public so as to assure the safety of animals and the public.”
Another law requires that “dangerous animals such as… tigers… or elephants must be under the direct control and supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced animal handler.”
“Antle has repeatedly allowed celebrities to have direct contact with dangerous wild animals, with little to no regard for public safety. PETA has reported Antle for these types of dangerous stunts, including when Antle allowed rap artist Jin Gates to ride in a car with an adult jaguar on his lap,” the statement continues.
In October, Antle was indicted indicted on one felony count of wildlife trafficking and one felony count of conspiracy to wildlife traffic after an investigation by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. He was also charged with four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to violate the Endangered Species Act and nine misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.