Defenders of Wildlife: Backlash prompts Animal Planet to pull anti-wolf episode

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Defenders of Wildlife sent out the following press release concerning the cancellation of an episode from Animal Planet’s Monster Week.

Public Outcry Prompts Animal Planet to Remove “Man-Eating Super Wolves” Show

WASHINGTON –Animal Planet removed a segment titled “Man- Eating Super Wolves” from its Monster Week line up this week after over 80,000 Defenders of Wildlife members and other activists contacted the station demanding the episode be immediately removed from the air.

The shameful and distorted anti-wolf episode was aired one time on Wednesday, May 21, and while Animal Planet claims the show was always intended to air only once, various TV schedules showed that “Man- Eating Super Wolves” had subsequent scheduled air times for Sunday, May 25; Tuesday, May 27; and Wednesday, May 28. These show times have now been miraculously removed from Animal Planet’s schedule.

Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark issued the following statement:

“There are real-world consequences to airing a fictitious portrayal of wolves based on sensationalism instead of on science. Demonizing wolves does serious harm to these imperiled animals and erodes public support for their continued recovery.

“We’re glad to see that Animal Planet dropped this show from its schedule and are proud that our members spoke out so forcefully on this important topic”

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Big trouble for Animal Planet

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Animal Planet is the target of an investigative report by Mother Jones.

The allegations include drugging animals, deaths and putting other animals in danger, to produce so-called reality shows.

For more details, go to this link to the Mother Jones article.

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Animal Planet Live launches at APL.TV and on connected devices

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Discovery Communications has announced the debut of Animal Planet Live, billed as a 24/7 digital video destination.

The press release:

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– New Offering Features 11 HD Channels, Available at APL.TV and on Connected Devices –

Silver Spring, Md. – Whether exhibiting human-like behavior or living an existence so foreign it is fascinating, the animal kingdom has the power to mesmerize. Today, Discovery Communications announces the debut of Animal Planet L!VE, featuring unfiltered, round-the-clock access to the compelling worlds of the beautiful, cute and misunderstood. The 24/7 digital experience builds on Discovery Communications’ long-standing success with live animal cams, including Penguin Cam and Shark Cam, and acts as a digital complement to Animal Planet and its on-air programming.

“Animal Planet L!VE marries the most popular Internet video category, animals, with the most powerful animal-related media brand in Animal Planet. This exciting new digital video experience advances Discovery Communications’ mission of being the #1 nonfiction media company across allscreens,” said JB Perrette, Chief Digital Officer, Discovery Communications. “’Live’ is a key way that we connect with our audiences – on air and online, and Animal Planet L!VE will feed audiences’ passion for the animal world on their computers, tablets, smartphones and connected TVs. We’re delighted to bring this unprecedented breed of ‘ambient entertainment’ to our viewers and superfans.”

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26th Genesis Awards to air 4 p.m. May 5 on Animal Planet

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The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards Television Special will be televised on Animal Planet – at 4.00 p.m. ET/PT May 5, with an encore presentation at 8.00 a.m. Sunday, May 6.

From the press release –


Hosted by dedicated animal advocate Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba, with a little help from Uggie, the canine hero from the Academy Award-winning film The Artist, The HSUS’ 26th Genesis Awards is the only major awards show in which animals are the front and center, and the honors go to those in the news and entertainment media who call attention to the numerous welfare issues affecting animals the world over.

Opening with a fun, “revealing” interview between Carrie Ann and Uggie, who talks about his new-found fame as an A-lister, the show moves easily from consciousness-raiser to a unique celebration of the place animals hold in people’s lives.

Must-see TV for the millions of animal lovers who want to make a difference, The HSUS’ 26th Genesis Awards brings together many Hollywood celebrities known for their support of animal protection, including Bill Maher, Kaley Cuoco, Kesha, Moby, Deepak Chopra, Wendie Malick, Sophia Bush, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Pauley Perrette, Jason Ritter and Jon Bernthal.

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