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A popular Animal Network "guided reality show" allegedly chronicling animal rescue efforts actually inflicted harm on several different types of animals for the sake of the production, Mother Jones reported on Tuesday.
"It's a damn bullsh*t show," one local animal park owner said after confirming the show, Call of the Wildman, actually used a zebra from his business during an episode. "You know it, and I know it. It's just entertainment, cheap entertainment. It gives everybody a job or something to do."
The show follows star Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr. as he supposedly rescues animals that have made their way to homes or businesses. Brown is licensed in the state of Kentucky as a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO). He is allowed to trap animals for pay but required to report his captures to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. A disclaimer mentioning that the show contains "some dramatizations" was added to the program on its 13th episode."* Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (TYT University) and Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) break it down.
*Read more here from Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Gee, Animal Planet is faking it's animal rescues? Now isn't that interesting! The entire channel is a fraud created for it's entertainment value? That is just insane. How many people bought into the fraud? Are we seeing something here?