The former The Price Is Right host and longtime animal activist sent CBS Television Studios a letter Thursday asking that the production cease using live animals in its animals-run-amuck thriller, and instead create the creatures with CGI.
“As former host of the longest-running show on CBS, I am writing to you after hearing from my friends at PETA that your network continues to allow wild animals to be used on Zoo, despite learning that, when used for entertainment, big cats and other animals are torn away from their mothers, subjected to abusive training methods, and locked inside tiny cages,” Barker wrote. “I urge you to end this exploitation and adopt a network-wide policy banning the use of wild animals in future CBS programming.”
Source and more: EW
“The only way to stop this cruelty is to replace the use of captive wild animals in your shows with the creative, versatile, and humane technology that exists today, such as computer-generated imagery. As demonstrated by productions such as Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the upcoming David Yates film, The Legend of Tarzan, in which large numbers of animals have been created with such technology, it’s time for CBS to step up for animals and follow suit.”
CBS repsonded today in a statement: “We have the greatest respect for PETA and its cause. The health, safety and welfare of animals in our care during filming continues to be our highest priority.”
Source and more: Deadline
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of Zoo Season 3…