PETA Slams Discovery for Filming New Jersey Man Being Eaten by an Anaconda
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is slamming the Discovery Channel for airing an episode of Eaten Alive that shows a man–New Jersey native Paul Rosolie—being gobbled up whole by an anaconda. Network sources are saying that the snake is still alive and wasn’t harmed during the filming process, but that’s not enough for PETA. More from People.
“This blatant publicity stunt sounds far-fetched, but if the description is accurate, the snake was tormented and suffered for the sake of ratings, as animals usually do when they’re used for entertainment,” PETA, which has yet to see the special, said in a statement. “Anacondas go days without eating and expend the energy needed to do so selectively. Making this snake use up energy by swallowing this fool and then possibly regurgitating him would have left the poor animal exhausted and deprived of the energy that he or she needs.”
“Shame on this pseudo ‘wildlife expert’ for tormenting this animal, and shame on the Discovery Channel for giving him the incentive to do so,” the group continued. “PETA has not heard back after reaching out to the Discovery Channel asking them to pull the show, whether it is a hoax or not.”
The organization echoes the sentiments of many of you who left comments on Facebook about the inhumane nature of the act. So what do you think. Should Discovery pull the episode?