Demand NBC Sports Cancel Cruel Big Game Hunting Show

Target: Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal

Goal: Cancel show promoting cruel big game hunting for pleasure

NBC Sports’ show, Under Wild Skies, recently featured host Tony Makris shooting an elephant in the face while cracking jokes. Sponsored by the National Rifle Association, this show’s entire purpose is to follow Makris as he hunts big game for pleasure and “trophies” in Africa. Demand that Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, cancel this series which openly supports animal cruelty, as well as condoning the death of animals for sport, their fur, their heads, or their tusks.

Elephants experience many emotions similar to those we feel. There is joy, grief, sympathy, and especially a sense of attachment to their families. Scientists have proven elephants do mourn the loss of a loved one, often for months or even years. It is incredibly inhumane to be hunting these emotional, intelligent beings for sport or pleasure, especially in light of the impact a death can have on an elephant’s entire animal community.

This is not the first elephant killed on the show, nor is it the first big animal: Makris has also hunted lions, leopards, and rhinos (of which some species are endangered) for the show since 2011. His deplorable hunting actions include killing at least 50 buffalo, as well as pursuing crocodiles and hippopotami in their natural habitats simply for his own pleasure and to increase ratings for the show.

Sign the petition below to demand that Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal, cancel Under Wild Skies. An entire series devoted to following Tony Makris as he hunts big game for fun is inhumane and encourages the idea that animals are more valuable for sport, their fur, or their tusks, than they are as living beings.


Dear Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal,

NBC Sports channel recently aired an episode of Under Wild Skies which featured host Tony Makris cruelly shooting an elephant in the face. Practices like hunting big game for sport and for television ratings are not only inhumane to the animals, but also condones the idea that animals are worth more to us dead than alive, as Makris uses them as “trophies.”

Markris has killed a large number of animals for the show since 2011, although this recent episode is particularly disturbing, as scientists have proven elephants especially have emotions and attachments very similar to those that humans experience.

I urge you to end these senseless killings and the perpetuation of the idea that animals are only valuable for their fur, teeth, tusks, or whatever body part it may be. Please end this show and help support respect and decency towards the animal kingdom.


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