Exotic Animals With Reported Curved Spines, Missing Hair, and Confined to Tiny Cages Deserve Justice

Target: Thomas J. Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Demand the USDA do more to protect animals, like the 460 wild tigers, monkeys, and others reportedly abused at the Waccatee Zoo.

The Waccatee Zoo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been dubbed “the worst roadside zoo in the United States.” This zoo allegedly confined over 460 wild animals to small enclosures and poor conditions. Undercover investigators at the location reported tigers completely missing hair and with curved spines, and monkeys unable to even open their eyes.

Recently, the USDA had apparently fined the Waccatee Zoo for six violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Included among these violations were the alleged failure to provide veterinary care to injured and sick animals and to provide animals with clean and sanitary water receptacles.

Still, the animals were left in the custody of an apparently irresponsible, greedy owner for an additional two years after initial discoveries of the reported abuse and neglect. In addition, the Waccatee Zoo is accused of having long violated the federal Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit filed by PETA alleges that it has received over 150 complaints from the public about this zoo.

Sign this petition to demand the USDA enact more effective policies for confiscating animals from abusive situations and for prosecuting those responsible for inflicting pain upon these amazing creatures.


Dear Secretary Vilsack,

More than two years after initial animal welfare violation reports, the Waccatee Zoo in South Carolina has reportedly been shut down. Owners of this apparently abusive facility had allegedly repeatedly failed to adequately provide animals with basic necessities–such as clean water and veterinary care–and had even been fined by the USDA on several occasions before they eventually closed of their own accord. The USDA was very well aware of the cruelty these animals were reportedly subjected to, and let them apparently suffer for years without ever trying to confiscate the animals or remove the owners’ animal-owning license.

We are asking you, Mr. Vilsack, to demand the USDA do more to protect animals in bad situations, such as the 460 wild tigers, monkeys, and other animals they failed at the Waccatee Zoo.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Monstrous monstrous evil, heartbreaking and horrific, karma is theirs – I feel you, poor lost innocent souls; their blood on your souls

    The abuse, torture & murder of the innocents

    Some heartbreaks can never be unseen, some horrors never unheard – PLEASE GOD

    And the universe weeps tears of blood

    Your life as theirs, as their death

  2. Patricia Wicker says:

    YOU MONSTEROUS, EVIL, DEMENTED PEOLE that allow this to Happen!!!


  3. Shirley Lemieux says:

    I have often said that the USDA does not do enough to protect the very animals that they themselves are responsible to protect.

  4. Julie Bates says:

    If politics had BALLS … then this would never happen !! All talk and nothing done 🥲🥲🥲

  5. Evan Jane Kriss says:


  6. You must go vegan, otherwise, you are funding extreme animal cruelty and the 6th mass extinction. And not only are chickens, pigs, cows and fish intentionally kill for your food preferences but also wild animals are being intentionally killed because animals like wolves are a threat to llivestock and animals like wild American horses compete with livestock for grazing land and animals like sea lions eat the fish that the fishing industry wants to sell to you.

  7. HORRIFIC — transfer Animals to Sanctuaries — SHUT DOWN this ZOO — Even “good” zoos are HELL-HOLES for Animals — Animals are clearly SUFFERING and DYING a slow death — Animals are living in depraved MISERY — shame on Owners for insanity, ignorance & hate

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