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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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TV GUIDE DISGRACE

In this weeks' issue of TV GUIDE, 11/28 - 12/4 there is an article entitled INSIDE THIS WEEK'S SURVIVOR CHALLENGE.  It purports to be an outline by producer John Kirhoffer, including a sketch of the 'layout' of the show.  

In addition to various 'challenges' such as "Crawl through mud" and "Walk a balance beam" we see:

"Grab a pig"

(text) Borrowed from local residents, the pigs were marked so they could be returned to their rightful owners after taping.  And since the show is bound by specific animal-handling guidelines, pig throwing is out and GENTLE tossing the the swine into their stinky pens is in.  Which is too bad, says Kirhoffer.  "We had so much fun with the pig catching.  And we've never hurt an animal on SURVIVOR - well, except for the pig that got killed in Australia, but that was different."  (Player Michael Skupin slaughtered a wild boar for food).

*In the illustration of 'event's is a roped-in area labeled PIG GRAB.

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I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT I WAS READING THIS IN TV GUIDE; THEIR ARTICLES HAVEN'T BEEN VERY COMPASSIONATE - BUT THIS ARTICLE IS AN ABSOLUTE, MIND-BOGGLING DISGRACE AND I HAVE CANCELLED MY SUBSCRIPTION OVER IT.

Letters to the editor:  letters@tvguide.com , incl name, address, phone #.  Appx 3-5 sentences long.  

Please cc customer service rep Martha Bartels, who swears TV GUIDE tries to be compassionate:

          martha.bartels@tvguide.com  

ALSO:  PLEASE CONTACT THE AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION.  THIS ORGANIZATION IS SUPPOSED TO OVERSEE THE ANIMAL'S SAFE TREATMENT IN MOVIES AND ON TV; I HAVE FOUND THEM WOEFULLY DEFICIENT.

CONTACT THEM VIA THEIR WEBSITE: WWW.AMERICANHUMANE.ORG , click 'contact us.'  The toll-free #'s I have for them are (888) 301-3541 and (800) 677-3420.  WE MUST DEMAND ARTICLES AND SHOWS LIKE THIS NOT BE SHOWN AGAIN.


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