Can we really trust 'no animals were harmed'?
Monday, January 27, 2014 |
Call of the Wildman star Ernie Brown, Jr. a.k.a. "The Turtleman" is facing criticism for the way animals are handled on the show (DCI)
An injured husky, a squashed chipmunk and a drugged zebra are among the animals allegedly hurt for our entertainment. Following separate investigations, two reporters are challenging assurances that "no animals were harmed" during the production of popular films and TV shows.
Jian speaks with Gary Baum about his detailed expose for The Hollywood Reporter -- which implicates big productions like The Hobbit and Life of Pi -- and why he questions the oversight of the American Humane Association.
He also speaks with Mother Jones journalist James West about allegations against Animal Planet's Call of the Wildman. "Things are a bit murkier behind the scenes" at the popular show, he says, adding that rescues are often staged and that some problem critters are brought to set by hired trappers.
Note: The AHA denies all allegations made in Baum's expose, citing a 99.98 safety record for animals on set. And in response to West's piece, Animal Planet says no animals were killed during the making of the show and that they've already addressed any issues they had on site. Both sent written statements to Q when asked for comment.