Target: Animal Planet and Sharp Entertainment
Goal: Stop abusing animals for the sake of entertaining television.
Atrocious animal abuse is occurring on the set of Animal Planet’s popular reality show, “Call of the Wildman.” In one case, three newborn raccoon cubs were kept in unfit conditions for several days prior to filming in order to stage a rescue by Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a “Turtleman.” After the animals were rushed to a local wildlife rehabilitation center, only two survived.
Further evidence uncovered by the news site found that a zebra had been sedated before filming to ease Brown in wrestling it to the ground. The report also detailed accounts of trappers capturing and planting wild animals in staged locations for Brown to catch, to their emotional and physical distress. Sharp Entertainment, a producer of a number of reality television programs for Animal Planet and other channels of the Discovery Network, claims to abide by certain ethical standards when it comes to the treatment of animals, yet the evidence unearthed by Mother Jones clearly proves otherwise.
By allowing animals to be put in grave danger for entertainment, Animal Planet has violated the trust of its viewers as well as the sanctity of the very creatures that the channel’s entire premise is based upon. By signing this petition, you will be able to take part in letting this careless entertainment giant and the production companies it hires know that you will not hold entertainment higher than the safety of living creatures.
Dear Animal Planet president Marjorie Kaplan, Sharp Entertainment president Matt Sharp and all parties affiliated,
Putting animals in danger for the purpose of entertainment is in no way ethical, especially for a channel that seeks to educate viewers about them. The neglectful and inhumane treatment of the animals listed above and in the Mother Jones news report show that those at Sharp Entertainment are not only entirely uncaring about the animals they film, but also grossly incompetent when it comes to ethical behavior. Animal Planet shares the same burden of blame for hiring this entertainment company to produce its material.
I am urging this abhorrent treatment of animals, and any other cases like it, to cease immediately. The fact that producing dramatic television has become more a priority than the welfare of living is beyond reprehensible, and I urge these actions to cease immediately.
[Your Name Here]