A popular Animal Planet series called "Call of the Wildman" is under investigation for alleged animal injuries and harassment caused during the production of the show. The investigation was spurred by a PETA letter-writing campaign to Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The letters demanded that the agencies investigate potential violations of the Houston City Code and Texas wildlife law.
"We have opened an investigation as to whether or not the activities described in the letter transmitted by you violated provisions of Chapter 6 of Houston's Code of Ordinances, as well as various statutes prescribed in Texas State law," said Christopher Newport, Chief of Staff of the Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department of the city of Houston, in an email to PETA. "It appears from what we know now that violations of Section 6-5 and/or 6-52 of the Houston Code of Ordinances may have been committed, as well as potential violations of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code and Texas Health and Safety Code."
PETA's main complaints involved the release of several bats into a Houston hair salon so that they could be chased and captured on camera.
As PETA points out in its complaints, Brown reportedly chased numerous Mexican free-tailed bats around the Jazzy Girls Beauty Boutique, which has since closed, for a Call of the Wildman episode that aired in August 2013. A pest-control service was reportedly called to remove dead bats from the salon post-filming. The city of Houston prohibits "any harboring or keeping of a wild animal," and Texas law prohibits the hunting, sale, and "possession after sale" of bats.
The events are the result of a Mother Jones expose in January that alleged several blatant animal welfare issues with the show.