Friday, May 23, 2014

"Man-Eating Super Wolves"

Don't believe everything you see on TV.
 - especially when it's called "Man-Eating Super Wolves" (looking at you, Animal Planet). Facts can be, and have been, completely distorted for cheap entertainment. Most people see these horror shows and think that wolves really are man-eating beasts. It's really sad that such a popular channel is spreading lies and primal fear of wolves. Wolves need our protection, but who would want to protect something they fear? Wolves directly pay the price for this "entertainment."
        We're pretty upset about what Animal Planet showed about wolves for "Monster Week." They claimed that wolves are running out of prey and are starting to hunt and eat humans regularly (a flat-out lie). Here are the facts. In North America, 2 people have been allegedly killed by wolves in last 100 years. Both were "iffy" attacks. Both were in proximity to illegal trash dumps, meaning the wolves were eating human food and had lost their fear of humans. The loss of human life was tragic, but it is not a repeating pattern on the wolves' part. The wolf in Minnesota who bit the young camper had been fed by people at that campsite (it had been habituated to human presence). I have spent a lot of time close to wild wolves in many situations: when pups are near, when food is near, when they're  hungry, and never once have I felt remotely threatened. Wolves avoid humans. They DO NOT see us as food. All wild animals deserve our respect but wolves don't deserve our fear. In contrast, black bears have killed 63 people in the last 100 years, dogs kill 30 people EACH year, and cows kill 20 people EACH year (that's 1000 TIMES more people than wolves). Don't let @AnimalPlanet fool you. Wolves are not monsters
        Now, many people believe that wolves kill humans and you need to be afraid if wolves are near. How should people know any better with these wild distortions being broadcast on TV as fact? This is a huge setback for dispelling the myths surrounding wolves and gaining public acceptance for wolf recovery and presence on the landscape. 
        Animal Planet is selling flat-out lies about wolves and other wildlife just to gain viewership.

        Please contact them and share your outrage and concerns, and ask them never to air "Man Eating Super Wolves" again: 
http://corporate.discovery.com/contact/viewer-relations/
Or call their Ethics Hotline and leave a comment: 571-262-4899
Share your thoughts, but avoid using swear words and use good grammar. They'll take you seriously that way.

4 comments:

  1. So glad they cancelled the "show!" I and several family members spoke out. Was relieved because too many people who have no experience with real wolves would watch the show and not understand how ridiculous it was. And yeah, the claim that wolves are beginning to see humans as food was a joke. There is no "super wolf" lol! It's one thing when animal planet does shows about big foot, but another when they take a real animal and hollywood-ize it. Especially wolves.

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  2. PROOF that Animal Planet DID NOT CANCEL "MAN-EATING SUPER WOLVES". It is soon to air in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)! WE have three days left to let the network know of our outrage - this time BEFORE it airs Prime Time. (Permission given to forward this info)
    Premieres: Thursday 5th June, 9.00pm (click here to record).
    Uncovers wolf attack stories. Featuring schoolteacher Candice who was attacked whilst she was jogging in her local park and forestry expert Rory is attacked whilst at work, do they manage to get away unharmed? http://www.sky.com/tv/show/monster-week
    Monster Week
    Premieres Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th June, 8.00pm - 10.00pm
    Animal Planet's giant returns for another MONSTER WEEK to tell the frightful, fun and over-the-top tales of the monsters that lurk below water and stalk on land. Adding to monster madness, is highly anticipated B-Movie, classic in-the-making; BLOOD LAKE: ATTACK OF THE KILLER LAMPREYS (Wednesday 4th June, 9.00pm) star..
    http://press.discovery.com/uk/apl/
    Animal Planet » Programs » Man-eating Super Wolves
    info to follow
    http://press.discovery.com/uk/apl/programs/man-eating-super-wolves/

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    1. I knew there was something I forgot. Here's two links where to voice your complaint! Here is the UK Discovery's program listing schedule - that includes Man Eating Super Wolves. You have to go to bottom of this page and then click "CONTACT US", where a pop-up email form will take your comment. Please everyone - get 'er dun now! Tell them how disgusted you are by this sensationalized crap. Even just a few 'choice' words is better than apathy. Please do not allow out of sight - out of mind to deter you.
      http://www.discoveryuk.com/tv-guide/?type=day&channel_code=APLU-ENG&date=05062014&style=uk_day&filter=1800

      AND repeat all complaints to their corporate office too. Use their heading "TV everywhere"
      http://corporate.discovery.com/contact/viewer-relations/

      Keep in mind there's a worldwide circuit for their programming! Nip this in the bud now BEFORE it gets to the UK - including all of Ireland, afterwards it will air in Canada, [countries in] Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

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  3. They are planning on airing it in Canada starting this Sunday, August 24th after pulling it in the US. They figure they can do an end run around the outrage by airing it quietly in Canada? The promo/commercial for it was disgusting and misleading, not to mention outright fear mongering.

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