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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