Target: Ofcom CEO Sharon White
Goal: Require production companies adhere to the Animal Welfare Act, even while filming abroad.
TV production companies are exploiting a loophole to neglect animals on their sets. They especially take advantage of these loopholes when filming outside of the United Kingdom. While the Animal Welfare Act protects animal welfare throughout the U.K., there are not similar regulations to manage production companies. These regulations are generally managed by Ofcom. This situation has led to numerous complaints lodged against the companies, but without uniform regulation, little can be done.
It is incredibly disappointing but almost typical for the entertainment industry to find avenues around humane treatment of animals. To allow this oversight for so long and allow companies to so abuse animals in their care is disgusting. The Animal Welfare Act was passed in the U.K. ten years ago. For Ofcom to leave television companies without matching regulations for so long is a black mark against them. While many may not consider it important, production companies have been notorious throughout history for their mistreatment of animals all in the name of entertainment.
This oversight needs to be brought to an end. Ofcom needs to step up and set down rules regarding animal treatment that meets the standards of the Animal Welfare Act. They also need to ensure these companies are following those regulations when filming abroad in countries that may not have animal welfare laws at all. Sign and urge Ofcom to take action and protect animals exploited so horribly by TV companies.
Dear Ms. White,
Recently, more complaints are being lodged due to TV companies in the U.K. not adhering to the standards of the Animal Welfare Act. One such example is the influx of Benefits Handout viewers complaining to the RSPCA about a family importing exotic animals to use in a small business. It is surprising that Ofcom has not set down regulations for production companies already in order to safeguard animal welfare. That these actions have not been taken is most disappointing.
Without enforced standards managing the treatment of animals on television and film sets within the U.K. and abroad, these companies will continue their cruelty. The foundation of the entertainment industry is making money. They will use every avenue and cut every corner they can to save themselves money. Often times, animals are the ones to suffer for this. They are faced with neglect, mishandling or outright abuse.
Please, step up the regulations on television companies and enforce the standards set by the Animal Welfare Act. Help protect animals from exploitation by the entertainment industry.
[Your Name Here]
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