An Animal Planet series is under fire for allegedly engaging in cruelty to animals. TheWrap.com reports that the show, “Call of the Wildman,” is the target of an online petition aking the cable channel to stop endangering animals to gain ratings.
The petition cites an investigation by Mother Jones magazine. As of Thursday morning, it had gained more than 23,000 signatures.
“Call of the Wildman” regularly pulls in more than 1 million viewers in its Sunday night time slot, Mother Jones notes in its report. The piece recounts how three baby raccoons, which starred in one of the show’s highest-rated episodes, had come into the Kentucky Wildlife Center “almost dead,” according to a worker at the clinic.
The petition also alleges that an animal on the show was drugged with sedatives, “in violation of federal rules.” TheWrap said Animal Planet hadn’t yet responded to a request for comment.