Demand Animal Planet Fire Brutal Host

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Target: President of Animal Planet Media Marjorie Kaplan

Goal: Convince Animal Planet to remove reckless hunter Jim West as host of Wild West Alaska

Last year, the Animal Planet television network came under fire for abusing animals on its reality show Call of the Wildman. The show was found to be capturing animals to strategically release just before cameras role at which point host Ernie Brown Jr. would terrify them by screaming before recapturing the terrorized creatures. Brown has also been known to chase and wrestle helpless animals in the name of “quality programming.”

The Animal Planet is continuing their cruel and irresponsible programming with Wild West Alaska. The show is hosted by notorious hunter Jim West who is currently accused of 17 criminal hunting violations. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), West is charged with illegally shooting and killing a black bear and then falsifying documents to conceal the kill, illegally helping a client kill a moose within a national preserve and then transport the animal’s body, and illegally guiding black bear hunts on native Alaskan lands without permission.

Animal Planet executives are clearly more interested in ratings than animal welfare. Why else would they continue to hire individuals with a history of animal cruelty? The charges against West are all misdemeanors, some carrying a maximum sentence of one year in prison and fines up to $30,000. Regardless of whether or not this deadly man ends up behind bars, Animal Planet needs to condemn his reckless behavior. By signing the petition below you will help to encourage President of Animal Planet Media Marjorie Kaplan to fire Jim West and cancel Wild West Alaska.


Dear Ms. Marjorie Kaplan,

I was shocked to learn that Wild West Alaska host Jim West was accused of 17 criminal hunting violations. West is charged with illegally shooting and killing a black bear and illegally helping a client kill a moose, amongst other violations.

I would have thought that Animal Planet would be interested in prioritizing the welfare of animals rather than repeatedly producing programs that endanger their lives and safety. It was just last year that the network came under fire for abusing animals on the reality show Call of the Wildman.

I am asking you to please take a step towards ending these abusive practices by firing the cruel hunter Jim West and canceling Wild West Alaska.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Rosemary Anderson says:

    Wild West Alaska should be immediately taken off air and the producers and anyone else involved in the show should be treated as criminals because this is what they are. The two presenters should be fired without any reccompense and NEVER EVER hired again by anyone, they should also be prosecuted and imprisioned because obviously they haven’t learned from past sentances that what they do and who they are is unacceptabl to civilised human beings. Are they uneducated? Backward? Thick? Or just plain Vile? You decide?

  2. Animal cruelty has long been recognized as a signature pathology of the most serious violent offenders. As a boy, Jeffrey Dahmer impaled the heads of cats and dogs on sticks; Theodore Bundy, implicated in the murders of some three dozen people, told of watching his grandfather torture animals; David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam,” poisoned his mother’s parakeet.
    Assault of children and animals are linked. They are similar victims.

  3. To enjoy killing any living thing is a sign of a very cruel and sick person.

  4. dansk: dyremishandler starter i det unge år, derfor skal dette opseveres af de voksne- børn straffer med at gøre ondt på andre venners dyr-hvis de IKKE kan forsvare sig. HER skal der GRIBES IND- børn ved godt hvad de kan ramme andre på- DYRENE :-(((—-

  5. Valerie Nordberg says:

    It would be better to replace Ms Marjorie Kaplan with someone who has a conscience.

  6. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Ms. Kaplan – You again?!? I’m getting tired of writing to you. Here goes: If I wanted to watch someone who is damaged goods, gets a kick out of killing animals and has a sense of entitlement, I’ll hang out with Sarah Palin. Don’t give people like that a platform. It’s bad for us as a country. Do you even know what you’re doing?

  7. Stan Benton says:

    It sounds as though this Jim West should be in prison. Surely some of his crimes are felonies, and there must be some evidence which could lead to a conviction. We certainly don’t need people like him walking around free in our country.

  8. Sherry Goodyear says:

    I used to love Animal Planet’s shows. Now they have become disgusting and cruel. I no longer watch AP because of these abusive programs. I miss Steve Irwin so much.

  9. Animal Planet was my favourite TV-station but no longer so when I read these comments on what is going on there. How can a station like AP employ a man who is murdering innocent animals????

  10. Just for the show ?? How can you sleep at night ??? You need to get a life and leave the animals alone !!!

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