Target: Animal Planet Group President, Marjorie Kaplan
Goal: Ensure TV program Call of the Wildman is punished for treating an animal brutally during the filming of the show
Many people are familiar with the wildlife adventures of Kentucky woodsman Ernie Brown Jr. In his show, Call of the Wildman, Brown is seen rescuing wild animals who have wandered into civilization and safely relocating them back into the wild. However, in a particular episode involving a trapped coyote, the show deliberately endangered the safety of the coyote for the sake of the reality show.
The coyote was sick and unresponsive after being trapped in a very small cage over a period of three days. Evidence gathered in the investigation indicates that the production company hired a handler to trap the coyote for the show. After seeing the condition the coyote was in, the production company brought in a replacement coyote. In this situation, it seems the TV program used these animals solely as props and nothing else. The health and safety of the coyote who was trapped for three days was simply dismissed when a replacement animal was brought in. The production company is not only guilty of endangering the safety of the coyotes, but is also in violation of Kentucky’s regulations which prohibit holding captured wildlife for over two days.
As further investigations continue, the TV show should receive repercussions that fit the crime. Sign this petition to help ensure the TV program receives the penalties and repercussions it deserves for harming a defenseless coyote for the sake of the show.
Dear Animal Planet Group President Marjorie Kaplan,
It has come to my attention that the show Call of the Wildman, featured on your channel, is under investigation for deliberately endangering the well-being of a coyote for the sake of production. It is baffling to me that a show dedicated to rescuing and relocating wild animals would purposefully harm a defenseless coyote in the interest of the TV program.
Once I learned that Kentucky authorities investigating the case are considering lightening up on the penalties against the TV program, I was utterly confounded. I believe that the production company should receive harsher penalties and should not be allowed to continue filming.
As a TV channel dedicated to animals, it perplexes me that you would allow a show such as this to continue filming. I urge you dole out repercussions that are well suited to the crime the production company has committed against this defenseless coyote, and prevent them from endangering any animal ever again.
[Your Name Here]
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