Friday, April 11, 2014

Why I do not watch Animal Planet

Lorna is / Foter 
It is frequently the case that reality shows are not as "real" as they are made out.  And when it comes to adult humans making their own decision, I suppose it does not bother me all that much.  But I am going through some serious disillusionment when it comes to Animal Planet. 

I feel that the animals on this planet provide a good enough show without unethical manipulations.  We do not need to go back to the day when Disney documentations pushed lemmings around with boards?

The most famous case of these unethical manipulation right now is how the Call of the Wildman show procures and plants the animals that the main "character" is hired to capture and relocate.  Apparently including transporting and storing wild animals like a coyote in ways that appear to be both cruel and completely illegal.

But you don't have to look far to find other example like Schultz, the former host of Wild Recon illegally selling endangered lizards.

Pet fish enthusiasts mutter about how well the aquariums set up for Tanked would last in the long run.  Aquariums are long term commitments and what looks good after a day or two if often as unsustainable as a Chelsey Flower Show garden. So, yes, I want to see follow ups before I am going to be impressed by what they have done.

I expect a TV channel all about animals to have a deeply ethical approach to animals, their welfare, their protection and their conservation.  And I am not alone in losing faith that this is true for Animal Planet.  I expect to be able to watch these shows believing in their accuracy and integrity.  And right now I cannot do that. so I will not be watching them at all.

p.s. National Geographic TV, you are starting to head down the same road.


  1. I agree with you in regards to Animal Planet, I also agree it is wrong to relocate wild animals for the wrong reasons.