PETA Statement on Closure of Hollywild Animal Park

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Wellford, S.C. – Please see the following statement below from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to the closure of Hollywild Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Wellford, South Carolina:

Hollywild Animal Park’s rap sheet is a mile long, from the catastrophic electrical fire that killed dozens of animals to the nearly $19,000 fine that it paid the government as the result of a litany of animal-welfare violations. Now that this hellhole has closed its doors, there should be nothing preventing it from taking PETA up on the longstanding offer to help transfer these animals from tiny concrete dens and cages to spacious, reputable sanctuaries.

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