Target: Nancy Duboc, President of Entertainment and Media at A&E Network
Goal: Stop endorsing animal neglect and abuse on television shows
On a recent episode of “Barter Kings,” a rare 14-foot long albino Burmese ball python was traded for a utility truck to the Hesperia Zoo. Prior to making the trade, the snake was stored in a black Rubbermaid truck bed utility container for about a day in the Mojave Desert heat. The snake was forced to coil itself in order to fit in the small container and was left in the truck bed out in the sun, which undoubtedly created extreme temperatures and distress for the animal.
Burmese Ball Pythons require humid conditions in order to stay hydrated and are accustomed to having ample space to stretch out and soak up UV rays. Keeping a snake such as this in a plastic storage container without adequate light or room is animal abuse. This Burmese python was hauled from place to place in this container and rode in the back of a truck where she was exposed to direct sunlight and heat. Confined spaces in the desert sun can produce temperatures of well over 150 degrees, while pythons are supposed to be kept at 80-90 degrees. This difference is enough to injure the animal.
As an innovative network, A&E should not be allowing animals to undergo this type of distress during filming. Please ask A&E’s president, Nancy Duboc, to prevent animal abuse from occurring on her network.
Dear Nancy Duboc, President of Entertainment and Media at A&E Network,
On January 9, 2013 an episode of the show, “Barter Kings” entitled “Snakes on a Trade” was released from your network. During this episode, an albino Burmese ball python was obtained for a paintball gun. Prior to trading the snake for a utility truck, the snake was stored in a black plastic, storage container for more than a day in the Mojave Desert heat. Not only was the animal subjected to extreme heat, but it was kept in a small container that did not have adequate air supply, humidity, or space for the 14- foot snake.
Burmese ball pythons are supposed to be kept in a humid climate kept between 80-90 degrees. These snakes require a humid climate to stay hydrated, otherwise they need prey in order to absorb water. This python likely faced dehydration, discomfort, and distress form being kept in an inappropriate storage container on the show. Further, the idea that the snake was not properly cared for on your show creates questions about how animals are being treated behind the scenes.
As an innovative network in reality television, A&E needs to set a precedent for ensuring that animals on are well cared for on television. Please ensure that your network stops allowing animal abuse to occur.
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