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Ms. Marjorie Kaplan, President, Animal Planet

No Third Season for 'Wild West Alaska'!

I was horrified to learn that the star of your show 'Wild West Alaska', Jim West, is facing charges for criminal hunting violations, including illegally killing a black bear and facilitating a moose hunt.

I urge you to pull all current airings of 'Wild West Alaska' and cancel plans for further production of this show.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Signed,

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

This petition closed about 1 year ago

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Illegal hunts, dead animals, and criminal charges—does this sound like an Animal Planet show to you?

Wild West Alaska features Jim West, owner of an Anchorage shop called Wild West Guns, and his...

Illegal hunts, dead animals, and criminal charges—does this sound like an Animal Planet show to you?

Wild West Alaska features Jim West, owner of an Anchorage shop called Wild West Guns, and his team of hunting and gun experts. West is currently accused of 17 criminal hunting violations, including illegally killing a black bear and facilitating a moose hunt. 

In November 2013, after a five-year investigation of Jim West, the state of Alaska filed criminal charges for 17 state game and guiding violations, including the following: 

  • 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
  • Illegally guiding black bear hunts on native Alaskan lands without permission
  • Illegally maintaining bear bait stations year after year.

When Animal Planet was first asked to comment, representatives said that they were "surprised" by the charges against West but would look into them. But the network didn't stop the second season of Wild West Alaska from premiering as scheduled and continuing to air until its finale last month. 

The network is now in negotiations for a third season. While the program was not included on Animal Planet's newly released 2014-2015 schedule, representatives from the network have refused to grant assurance that the program will not be renewed—and Animal Planet continues to air prior episodes. 

How You Can Help Tell
Animal Planet that enough is enough. It's time for Jim West and his team to go further "off the grid." Speak up for wild animals now by urging Animal Planet to cancel Wild West Alaska!

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