A hit Animal Planet TV show Call of the Wildman is being investigated for animal abuse. The show is based on a Kentucky wildlife rescuer called Turtleman. The business they run catches "wild animals", and sets them free in the wild. Setting them free allows them to have a second chance rather then possibly getting into a bad situation.
Here is a quote from turtleman's website to give you all a fair view~
Ernie Brown, Jr. (aka the Turtleman) has been diving into murky Kentucky ponds in search of snapping turtles for nearly 40 years. Born and raised in Washington County, Kentucky, he spent his childhood exploring the woods and learning the ways of the animals that occupy them. Turtleman caught his first snapping turtle, a 25-pounder, when he was just seven-years-old, after his father and uncle taught him the risky technique.
Mother Jones (abbreviated MoJo) is an American magazine that investigated Turtleman and the show, here is what they had to say:
A seven-month Mother Jones investigation—which drew on internal documents, interviews with eight people involved with the show's production, and government records—reveals evidence of a culture that tolerated legally and ethically dubious activities, including: using an animal that had been drugged with sedatives in violation of federal rules; directing trappers to procure wild animals, which were then "caught" again as part of a script; and wrongly filling out legal documents detailing the crew's wildlife activities for Kentucky officials~
In a quote released to CNN'S new day here is what Animal Planet said~
"The life and welfare of all animals is of paramount importance to Animal Planet. It is core to our ethos that every animal's life has value... The notion that there is a culture of "neglect" at the only network that is devoted to celebrating and protecting animals is absurd. Claims in the "Mother Jones" article were brought to the production company's attention nearly nine months ago. Where appropriate, Sharp Entertainment promptly instituted changes to further ensure the welfare of animals while filming the series. We are proud that our productions, including "Call of the Wildman," have provided countless animals with a second lease on life."
I do find it alarming that it took so long for them to investigate, and feel that it should have been done immediately. How do you all feel about this? Please Comment and voice your opinions!
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