Skip to main content

When the three baby raccoons were left with Kentucky wildlife specialist Karen Bailey, she took one look and knew they were fighting for their lives. It would be a "race against time" to save the babies -- and in the end, only two survived.

This tragedy wasn't the result of life in the wild -- instead the cubs were victims of Animal Planet's hit reality show, "Call of the Wildman." A blistering new expose by Mother Jones revealed how the program, in its quest for ratings and profit, recklessly mistreated the animals it claims to save.

Federal and state authorities are investigating, and Animal Planet executives have even admitted to the wrong-doing -- but shockingly, they still refuse to significantly change network rules and take better care of their animals.

Animal Planet relies on the viewing public for ratings and profits, so we need to let them know we are paying attention. Let's keep the heat on Animal Planet executives and flood their inboxes with 50,000 messages by Tuesday -- we'll be too loud for them to ignore!

Tell Animal Planet to stop their cruel animal-handling practices -- no more sacrificing wildlife just to boost ratings!

(More after the jump)

"Call of the Wildman" follows the over-the-top antics of Kentucky wildlife rescuer Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr. as he pretends to capture and save "nuisance" wildlife in outlandish staged scenarios. But according to Mother Jones, the animals weren't under stress until Animal Planet entered the picture.

The fate of the little raccoons is just the tip of the iceberg, sources told reporter James West. In Texas alone, a group of Mexican free-tailed bats were sealed up in the wall of a hair salon where one later perished, and a zebra was sedated to the point of falling down. It was practically unfilmable. In both instances, the animals were so recklessly it broke state regulations -- all so Turtleman could easily chase down and "rescue" these poor creatures for the camera.

Despite official warnings from the state of Kentucky, Turtleman and Animal Planet are still continuing their cruel and dangerous animal abuse. But now that their antics have been exposed, we won't rest until these wild animals are safe.

Tell Animal Planet: Our wildlife deserves respect -- not more torture for ratings!

Karen Bailey, the Kentucky wildlife specialist, put it best when she said, "so many people look up to Animal Planet. They remember the old Animal Planet that was dedicated to true education about animals and conservation. But to put animals in harm's way, to put these animals in stressful situations and to not look out for their well-being -- it's wrong and it's disappointing."

In it together,
Ashley Allison
SierraRise Senior Campaigner

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site