Friday, 5 September 2014

BBC criticised for use of captive wild animals in new production

The BBC has come under fire from leading animal charities for its new six-part drama series Our Zoo, which is based on the real life story of the Mottershead family as they establish Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

The corporation hired performing wild animals for the production from entertainment company Amazing Animals, which was exposed by The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) in 2012 for providing four UK-born white lion cubs from the West Midland Safari Park to a Japanese circus, where they remain to this day.

CAPS has the support of Born Free Foundation and Wild Futures, which join in the open criticism of the BBC and call for an immediate review of the corporation’s policy and practices relating to animal use. A spokesperson for the charities has stated that by using wild animals for the purposes of entertainment, and doing business with a company that supplies animals to the circus industry, the broadcast giant is betraying the public “who have so longer called for this cruel practice to be stopped.”

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