Shut Down Abusive Animal Park


Target: Administrator United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA – APHIS) Kevin Shea

Goal: Shut down Hollywild Animal Park for its long history of animal welfare violations.

Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, South Carolina is still running despite its numerous violations and a recent fire that resulted in the deaths of 27 animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that an investigation into the park revealed piles of rotten carcasses, animals forced to live in unsafe enclosures, a lack of veterinary care, and other violations. The USDA inspection cited 15 violations overall, which include inadequate veterinary care for an antelope with an injured eye, primates that have never been given vaccines, and a wolf-dog hybrid that suffered from seizures and was later euthanized. The report states that “there is not a sufficient number of adequately trained employees at this facility” to be maintained at a safe, acceptable level. This is clearly evidenced by the appalling absence of medical attention and filthy, uncleaned environments for the enclosures. The inspector also noted that one stall had a dead newborn goat and others had boards missing or floors completely covered in feces and straw soaked with old urine.

David Meeks, Hollywild Animal Park’s executive director and owner, argues that the USDA inspection had simply arrived at a bad time. Supposedly, the inspection came right after a holiday fundraiser, so the animals were in the process of being transported back into their exhibits, and since there had been a downpour of nonstop rain, housekeeping fell behind. Meeks also contested that he did not believe a veterinarian is necessary if the animal is already close to death, such as the case with the wolf-dog hybrid. He does not think animals should endure the stress of vaccinations if they’re generally healthy, as in the case with the primates.

A follow-up inspection resulted in four more citations for a capuchin wearing a chain around her waist that caused discomfort, and failure to meet sanitation standards. Food and bedding supplies were not properly protected against mold; housing facilities were not stable; and animals were allegedly being housed with incompatible animals.

Please sign this petition to close Hollywild Animal Park and prevent the remaining animals from suffering clear acts of neglect.


Dear Kevin Shea,

Hollywild Animal Park is still operating even though it was given a large number of violations over the years for unsafe, unclean living conditions for its animals and a shocking lack of veterinary care. The animals housed at this zoo are obviously not being taken care of. David Meeks, the zoo’s owner and executive director, keeps trying to defend all the evidence of neglect. But how can he explain the carcasses in uncleaned stalls and injuries that could easily be treated by a vet?

It is the USDA’s job to ensure that the Animal Welfare Act protects these animals from enduring any more suffering. There is no excuse Meeks can come up with to explain every single violation the zoo has accumulated over the years. They have not improved their animals’ living conditions and it is frustrating that nothing is being done to stop this abuse. I am urging you to shut this zoo down once and for all.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. What the owner thinks regarding the care of these animals is totally immaterial, that is why we have animal welfare laws. As for inspectors calling at a bad time… there shouldn’t be any bad times!! Close the place down

  2. Michael Guest says:

    This is not a good place for animals to be. Shut it down right now.

  3. If they do not care that the animals are well treated and well taken care of, then they should at least get the chance to live in their natural habitat or to get into a facility, where they are well treated.

  4. Sam Outhorn says:

    How come there aren’t more controls and veterinary inspection in such places, anyway? Isn’t it about time to introduce some?…The US are supposed to be a civilized place after all!

  5. Nancy Hunter says:

    Let’s all, when Christian comments, just ignore him.

  6. caryl sawyer says:

    C’mon, people, Shea and other gov officials have known about the Meeks operation for some time and have chosen to ignore it.

    Write, call your representative in congress. It’s our tax $$$.

  7. I would like to know why the USDA a government funded agency, does not do its job. We pay taxes to keep them in employment. If they were a public company the shareholders would demand accountability if profits were lack lustre. As tax payers we want efficiency and accountability to just do their job. There are many incompetents and cruel individuals like Mr Meeks. But he wouldn’t be enabled if the USDA did their job and closed down the zoo for repeated violations. The buck stops here.

  8. Karen Remnant says:

    The USDA are paid to do a job so why aren’t they doing it? What’s the point of all these citations? These animals continue to suffer while USDA do nothing! It shouldn’t take a petition before they get off their butts and do the job they’re paid to do!

  9. WHEN WILL IT END !!!!

  10. SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN … Animals belong where they’re most happy and comfortable … and we should assist them in attaining this .. if we don’t look out for and protect them, then who will?

    Rescue these animals and transfer them into sanctuaries where they can be cared for by knowledgeable & loving people!

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