Winchester, Virginia has been home to Wilson's Wild Animal Park where they have been an integral part of the community exhibiting a wide variety of exotic and wild animals to public and education forums for over 43 years.
Keith Wilson, primary owner of the park since 1997, has been the passion behind Wilson's Wild Animal Park, providing patrons with a special opportunity to see his animals up close, learn about their species, their habitat, and the importance of conservation efforts underway to protect these animals in their native habitats.
On Thursday, August 15, 2019, the unthinkable happened to Keith Wilson and his zoo. Despite a long history of service to his community and a clean USDA inspection just one week beforehand, the Virginia Attorney General's Office's Animal Law Unit and local government officials came onto Keith Wilson's property in the early morning hours and despite the fact that USDA gave Wilson a clean inspection just one week prior, the State of Virginia confiscated all of his animals under a questionable warrant citing animal cruelty which is vaguely defined in Virginia Statute. Subsequently, most of the animals (which are evidence) have already been transported out of State and any remaining animals have likely have been sold or euthanized before Mr. Wilson even has his first appearance in court.
These terrible actions against Keith Wilson have come after several years of aggressive harassment and relentless threats from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a radical animal rights group that knows little, if anything, about the care or husbandry of animals. We believe it is PETA's false accusations and lies coupled with an Attorney General's Office Unit staffed with animal rights idealogues that are at the heart of this action.
Keith Wilson's preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the Frederick County Courthouse in Virginia. Keith is being represented by Gary Baise of Olsson, Frank & Weeda, one of the top attorneys in the country specializing in this field. The Cavalry Group is coordinating this effort and is handling all media.
It is critical that we support Keith Wilson's legal defense. What happened to Keith could happen to anyone and should be of serious concern to ALL Americans.
Please click the link and donate to The Cavalry Group legal defense fund for Keith Wilson and Wilson's Wild Animal Park today!
- Sean Giery
- Arioch Morningstar
- Julie Velsor
- Wendy Tucker
- Lisa Brooks
Organizer and beneficiary