Following seven months of investigating by ClimateDesk producer James West, Mother Jones has today published an article that may turn out to be to Animal Planet what Gary Baum‘s recent THR shot was to the American Humane Association (AHA). Titled “Drugs, Death, Neglect: Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet,” West’s report catches up to various incidents of apparent abuse and trickery on the set of the network’s Sunday night hit Call of the Wildman.
From a note to the media by the San Francisco-based magazine:
Alleged animal abuse: A baby raccoon died and others were endangered when they were removed from their mother to be staged for the show. For another episode, a zebra used in filming was drugged with sedatives. Two bats were found dead in the same Texas hair salon, where bats had earlier been placed for filming. As one source indicated, “the animals weren’t under stress until we arrived.”