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Discovery Communications, Inc., John S. Hendricks, David M. Zaslav, Andrew Warren; Renegade 83 Inc., David Garfinkle, Denise Contis, Jay Renfroe, Steve Rankin

To the “Naked and Afraid Team”:

I am contacting you with sincere concerns over animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental impact of the TV “reality” show. “Naked and Afraid”.

The mission statement for Discovery Communications:
"To satisfy curiosity and make a difference in peoples lives by providing the highest quality content, services and products that entertain, engage and enlighten"

Shall we interpret this as pandering to mean-spirited, cruel, disturbed curiosity; with quality filming of animal cruelty and killing as content; to the aim of entertaining those that enjoy brutality, torture, and enlightening the lives of innocent animal victims?

Shame on Discovery Communications, Inc., and Renegade 83, Inc., for promoting cruel acts and killing for entertainment and TV ratings.

Scenes depicting the capture and killing of animals promote unnecessary animal cruelty, for the sole purpose of vicarious entertainment, TV ratings, and advertising funds. It is reprehensible and tragic. “Real” survivalists would face greater challenges, better body condition and nutritional levels if they were mandated that no killing take place. But of course, that would take away the voyeurism of brutality, blood and death that attracts the target audience.

The participants in this program routinely engage in activity that would warrant arrest and animal cruelty charges if it were witnessed in any country. Killing animals with sticks and rocks will land you in jail, at least in the USA; and the fact that these killings are solely for entertainment casts serious doubts on the legality of the program. If these were private films posted on YouTube or Facebook, the authorities would be called in immediately.

The show that brought this to a call for action was the recent one from Namibia, where a Hamerkop nest was pushed off a cliff, and the young birds brutally attacked, killed an eaten. For a similar incident in Oakland, California, USA, a tree-trimming company that damaged nests and killed young herons received a huge negative reaction by the public; was fined; paid for care of the surviving young birds; an showed contrition and willingness to learn and change. THIS was a case of ignorance and lack of understanding. In the episode in question on “Naked and Afraid”, you were fully aware that this was a nest with young birds and that they would be beaten, killed and eaten. I suspect the “contestants” were guided to the nest for the sole purpose of destroying it and killing the young birds.

Please have a REAL challenge for the "contestants" on "Naked and Afraid". See if ANY of these spoilt people can survive for 21 days, solely by harvesting the vegetable and grain resources that surround them--usually in abundance--in every location in "the wild".

Please stop pandering to repugnant and sadistic tastes of your viewing audience. Please stop rewarding these disturbing anti-social values. Please stop animal "snuff films".

This petition is to bring awareness of the needless, senseless, and repugnant beating, killing and eating of wildlife on this program, for the goals of entertainment, ratings and advertising. The petition is to make the producers and funding entities aware of the routine and cavalier brutality of the participants and of negative public opinion to that activity, as well as to bring the attention of authorities and organizations dedicated to protecting the treatment of animals across the globe.

Discovery Communications, Inc.
1 Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910
MD Tel. 240-662-2000
Fax 240-662-1868

Chairman: John S. Hendricks
President, CEO, and Director: David M. Zaslav
SEVP and CFO: Andrew C. (Andy) Warren

Naked and Afraid Executive producer(s) Renegade 83 Entertainment
David Garfinkle
Denise Contis
Jay Renfroe
Steve Rankin

Signed,

Pat Latas

This petition closed 8 months ago

How this will help

"Naked and Afraid" is the most popular show on Discovery Channel. This petition will bring awareness of the needless, senseless, and repugnant beating, killing and eating of wildlife on this...

"Naked and Afraid" is the most popular show on Discovery Channel. This petition will bring awareness of the needless, senseless, and repugnant beating, killing and eating of wildlife on this program, for the goals of entertainment, ratings and advertising. The petition is to make the producers and funding entities aware of the routine and cavalier brutality of the participants and of negative public opinion to that activity, as well as to bring the attention of authorities and organizations dedicated to protecting the treatment of animals across the globe.

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