PETA has released a statement reprimanding CBS for the use of live wild animals in the production of its new summer show ‘Zoo.’
“By producing a show that exploits wild animals, including lions, CBS has proved that it’s out of sync with public opinion at a time when people are shunning Sea World’s captive orca sideshows, states and counties are passing laws banning wild animal acts and private ownership, and Ringling Bros. is taking elephants off the road,” said PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet.
According to The Los Angeles Times, PETA was present during pre-production meetings with CBS when the show was first green-lighted for the summer line up. As a result, the show producers agreed to not use chimpanzees or elephants but the organization’s plea was ignored when it came to lions.
“Lions belong in the wild, not confined to tiny cages and forced to perform tricks, often under the threat of beatings,” read the PETA statement. “CBS should employ only humane and versatile computer-generated imagery, as so many other productions have done. PETA hopes ‘Zoo’ will be one of this summer’s first cancellations.”
The CBS show ‘Zoo’, based on James Patterson’s bestselling novel premieres this Tuesday and tells the story of several wild animal attacks on humans taking place around the globe.
As a response to PETA’s comments, CBS released a statement saying “Everyone involved with ‘Zoo’ has tremendous respect for PETA and its cause. The care, safety and overall well-being of any animal on our set is a top priority of the production.”