Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter
18 February 2001
Special "Urgent" Edition
I hope you are encouraged to write and protest the inhumane, sensationalized killing of a feral pig on the television show Survivor. This brutal act was formatted to increase ratings and to seduce viewers.
CBS, in a deceitful attempt to express their concern over the violent nature of their show, blatantly leaked out details of the killing to attract higher ratings.
Previews of the show had a female contestant expressing her shock and dismay at the pig's suffering and subsequent murder. These two occurrences are in direct contrast and conflict to any sincere regrets the station might have felt.
That CBS would use brutaltiy, violence and torture of an innocent animal to gain recognition of its show is more than disturbing.
What happened to the moral, ethical words that read: NO ANIMAL WAS INJURED OR KILLED WHILE FILMING THIS SHOW?
READERS PLEASE, IF YOU EVER TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE A PROTEST LETTER, PLEASE DO IT NOW. WE CAN NOT ALLOW MURDER TO EQUATE BIG PROFITS AND HIGH RATINGS.
THIS CAN NOT BE OVERLOOKED
LET US ROAR! Linda
SURVIVOR SHOW, FEBRARY 15, 2001
On the February 15th game show episode of Survivor, which was filmed in Australia, a wild pig was brutally stabbed to death by one of the show`s contestants. Due to some editing, the pig was not shown during the actual killing, though its angusihed screams and squeals were audible. There is no doubt that the pig suffered intensely while being terrified, tortured and murdered.
The disturbing scene started with a contestant named Michael, who was walking about searching for a pig so that he could start his killing. He was all prepared, geared up with knife in hand and ready to make his attack. Then conveniently a small pig happened to cross his path.
The defenseless pig was running in fear from the Survivor contestants who were attempting to corner her. Michael was strong-minded to be the so-called hero and was very eager to go after the helpless pig.
Eventually the pig was cornered with no possible way to escape. First there was squealing and then there was silence..... Michael, the determined to kill contestant that he was, with the bloody knife in his hand, had brutally and repeatedly stabbed her.
Michael was not ashamed to illustrate how proud he was of the fact that he had just tortured a helpless animal. He expressed such by smearing his victims blood on his face after the kill. He also found it satisfying and entertaining to brag about the other animals that he had directly killed in the past back at his home in America.
Many have questioned whether or not this pig was purposely placed on the scene to be killed. It is well known that by nature a wild pig can be vicious, if cornered. This particular animal on the Survivor show was not. If this in fact was a wild pig, was she intentionally separated from her family group and sedated so this kill could be easily accomplished by her attacker for the purpose of entertainment? Could bait of been used to coax in this one single pig when wild pigs are known to travel in groups? Or perhaps this was a tame pig placed on the scene for the easy yet disgusting type of kill that CBS found to be entertaining.
This has been very disturbing for countless adults who viewed this violent act on television. One can only imagine how distressing and confusing this has been for children who are taught to be compassionate for all living creatures.
A home in which children are exposed to a human torturing an innocent animal produces them to possibly behave in such a manner. These behaviors can be passed on to the next generation and so on. This includes children viewing violent scenes like the one that occurred on the television show Survivor, consequently sending them mixed messages.
CBC and the Survivor contestants have displayed nothing but greediness, selfishness and lack of compassion on their part. They have shown that they were concerned only for the money when they allowed for this innocent and defenseless pig to be tortured and killed for the purpose of entertainment.
Many concerned individuals will continue to speculate how much more torture was allowed to happen to the pig behind that editing. One can only imagine.
Reported by staff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write to the following and express your outrage. AIP has provided you with a form letter written by staff: email@example.com
Dear ( ):
I am writing to express my outrage at the most recent episode of "Survivor" which was aired on Thursday, February 15.
In this particular episode, one of the contestants went out in search of a wild animal that he could kill. The feral pig that he happened to encounter endured an extreme amount of suffering as this man took the animal's life in a tremendously inhumane and blatantly savage manner. After the horrible act, he smeared the blood of the pig on his face in a pathetic attempt to make himself look like some sort of heroic wildman.
This incident accentuates the malevolent nature of this entire television series. The people involved in this competition are pitted against one another in order to take advantage of an environment in which they do not originally belong. It is bad enough that the animal inhabitants of the outback, who are trying to survive in their natural surroundings, are forced to deal with the presence of these people who are playing a game for money. To have the individuals interfere with the lives of these animals and subject them to any form of cruelty is beyond excuse. The entertainment of the masses who sit in their comfy chairs should not rely on exposing or highlighting the ignorance of humanity towards fellow living beings. There is enough of that going on in today's society as it is.
If the makers and participants abnd sponsors of "Survivor" insist on thriving on the spectacle of suffering and brutality towards animals, then these misguided efforts to lure viewers and increase ratings should be condemned and eliminated, not glorified and accepted.
(your name and country) _________________________________________________________________________
SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE FOLLOWING:
Les Moonves, President and CEO
CBS Television, Inc.
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
To e-mail a letter, go to www.cbs.com and select the "feedback" button at the bottom of the page.
Please write to the following sponsors of Survivor and urge them to drop their sponsorship. Let them know that Survivor could be held responsible for cruel and illegal acts.
Paul Fireman, CEO
Reebok International Ltd.
100 Technology Center Dr.
Stoughton, MA 02072
To e-mail a letter, go to www.reebok.com . Go to "contact us" at the bottom, and a form will come up.
Malcom Williamson, President & CEO
900 Metro Center Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
G. Richard Wagoner Jr., President & CEO
General Motors Corporation
300 Renaissance Ctr.
Detroit, MI 48265
To e-mail a letter, go to www.gm.com . Go to "Contact us" at top of page, pick "Corporate info," hit "Go," and a form comes up.
August A. Busch III, Chair, President & CEO
1 Busch Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63118
To e-mail a letter, go to www.anheuser-busch.com . Go to "Contact a-b" at top of page, click "yes" to the question "Over 21?," and a form comes up.
Robert Julrich, Chair & CEO
777 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
To e-mail a letter, go to www.target.com . Go to "Guest services" at top, under "Contact us" pick "Guest comments and questions," hit "go," and a form comes up.
Stephen M. Carter, President & CEO
1100 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
To e-mail a letter, go to www.cingular.com . Go to "Talk to us" at bottom, and a form comes up.
Abelardo E. Bru, President & CEO
7701 Legacy Dr.
Plano, TX 75024
Howard A. Tullman
Worldwide Xceed Group, Inc.
New York, NY 10279
ALSO SEND AN EMAIL TO THE JUDGE IN AUSTRALIA. ASK THE JUDGE TO FILE ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES AGAINST THE SURVIVOR TELEVISION SHOW AND CBS TELEVISION STATION. PETA IS NOW PURSUING THIS LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF THE PIG AND OTHER INNOCENT ANIMALS.
Honourable Matthew J. Foley, MP
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Arts
Level 18, State Law Building
50 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
GPO Box 149, Brisbane QLD 4001 CDE D28
Tel.: 011 61 7 323 93486
Fax: 011 61 7 322 02475
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