National Geographic: Cancel 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'
  • Petitioning Russell Howard

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National Geographic
Russell Howard
National Geographic
Chris Albert
National Geographic
Lindsay Drewel
National Geographic
Johanna Ramos Boyer
National Geographic
Rajul Mistry
Ron DeHaven
Gail Golab
Michigan State Board
Michigan State Board
Orbitz Marketing
MSU CVM Dean's office
Dean Chris Brown
Chair, Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Joel I Ferguson
CEO, Michigan VMA
Karlene Belyea
President, MVMA
Sue Sayles
Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine
Nancy Postorino-Reeves
Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine
Colleen Thorp-Stout
Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine
Chris Rohwer
Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine
Larry Letsche
National Geographic
Chad Sandhas

National Geographic: Cancel 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'

    1. Eden Myers
    2. Petition by

      Eden Myers

      Mount Sterling, United States

This National Geographic show hurts animals and their owners by promoting substandard medicine. The state board has judged three of the four veterinarians in the featured practice guilty of incompetence and negligence. Continuing to air the show promotes substandard medicine to the public. This will result in harm to more animals and their owners because people will think this substandard care is acceptable. This is below the standards we expect from National Geographic and tarnishes the brand.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Over 2000 signers :)

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      With over 2000 signers from 43 countries, I know there are a lot of eyes watching to see what I post after upcoming phone interview with the investigator from the Michigan Dept of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs...

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. A formal investigation has been opened!

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      Several months ago I filed a complaint with the MIchigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs alleging specific violations of the Michigan state standards in a specific episode of the show. According to the letter I received today, the department agrees there is cause to open a formal investigation. Check for a copy of the letter on the facebook page at

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. An Open Letter to the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      At this link you can find an Open Letter to the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine asking them to take action regarding this issue Please post any reaction on the blog. We can uphold the standards of veterinary medicine by getting this show off the air- and keeping anything like it from happening again.

    7. The blog is live at

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      The blog is live! Check it out at The first post contains instructions on how to file a Michigan state board complaint. Subsequent posts will dissect each of the most commonly cited incidents, starting with the Boston Terrier that had been hit by a car and had to have it's eye removed. We will cite the text of the Michigan standards and describe how the standards were violated by what is shown. Most important, though, is to counter the ignorance that National Geographic chose to promote with its' portrayal of substandard care. We can do this by providing a commentary from a group of veterinarians on how the standards could have been met- with words, pictures, videos and links to sites where we can find good information on what good care is. If as a vet, you would like to be part of that group please email me at Thank you for caring about animals, their owners, and the standards of care the profession can offer.


      Uphold the standards of veterinary medicine!

    8. Something wicked this way comes....

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      No, actually, something really good! The webpage is coming!

      An alert petition signer called the Michigan board and confirmed what the MVMA's attorney suggested in the email I received last week: anyone can submit a properly documented complaint. You do not have to be an client, a veterinarian or a resident of Michigan. The attorney's email also suggested that board complaints would perhaps be the better way to adress our concerns. National Geographic is going to have a hard time filming another season of the show without practicing vets to film!

      Sooooo.... the website will have a list of specific instances that petition signers have most commonly identified as showing substandard care, with the text of which state minimum standard it is violating. There will also be links to the full text of the standards, the instructions for filing a complaint with the Michigan board of veterinary medicine and the complaint forms that can be downloaded from the web.

      Stay tuned!

    9. Wow- Over A Thousand Strong in Less Than a Week!

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      We are over a thousand strong- and growing literally by the minute! We are across the country and around the world- I've lost count of the nations where people want to see good veterinary medicine offered instead of the substandard care being promoted on this show.
      I started a Facebook page, come see if you 'like' it at

      A website is also in the works- if there's any web designers or graphic artists out there I'd love to make it possible for you to apply your talents and experience to help this cause :)
      Thank you for supporting high standards in veterinary medicine- we deserve to see good medicine practiced for our animals on a national show! Please spread the word by sharing this link

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. 500!

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      There are now 500 signers and we are getting the message out! I received an email yesterday afternoon from MVMA CEO Karlene Belyea, concerned with the volume of emails her office is receiving. They consulted their attorney and on his advice,

      MVMA will not consider "contacting National Geographic or getting involved in any action that could cause the show to be cancelled"


      "If the MVMA intervened and tried to persuade National Geographic to cancel his show, it would open itself up to a potential lawsuit for tortious interference with contractual relations, and possibly other claims."

      Karlene is also concerned that petitioners may think the MVMA supports this effort.
      I want to make it clear that MVMA in no way supports this petition. It was never my intent to imply that MVMA does or should in any way support this effort. Those of us who do, however- rock on! Talk about it at the office, tell your families, get your kids involved, post it as your status.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Wow! GO US!

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      The desire to see animals protected from substandard care is deeply felt around the world! In less than three days over 300 people have signed this petition- from 13 countries and 36 states! Here are some of the comments:

      I also am a veterinarian and have dedicated my entire career/life to the wellbeing and healthcare of animals.... The standard of care and professional conduct depicted in this show are unacceptable - Dave L, Washington

      As a veterinarian, I am appalled that National Geographic Wild would publicly support and promote such substandard care of animals. - Rachael B, Tennessee

      As a veterinary technician, I find the lack of care displayed on the show appalling. - Courtney S, Toronto CN

      This program celebrates veterinary malpractice and animal abuse. -Erin D, veterinarian in Texas

      KEEP SPREADING THE WORD! Paste this link everywhere you can think of:

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. It's a start!

      Eden Myers
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all.

      THANK YOU!!!!

      We can let the public know that Nat Geo promotes substandard medicine by showcasing vets found guilty of negligence and incompetence. The story has been tweeted by AVMAVets and DVM360. Plus there's a VIN News Service story about it.

      Here's contact info for executives at Nat Geo

      Russell Howard, National Geographic Channel,
      Chris Albert, National Geographic Channel,
      Lindsay Drewel,
      Johanna Ramos Boyer,
      Rajul Mistry,
      Chad Sandhas,

      Please share this contact info and the link for this petition on your clinic webpages, any blogs you write, your facebook pages, tweet it to your followers. Every signer can send an email to each of these people.

      Let's shut this show down before more animals and their owners are harmed.

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    16. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Bearfield PINEY FLATS, TN
      • about 2 hours ago

      Animals are already voiceless. Many already face no care, or poor care. National Geographic has historically been a brand of value and truth. Please understand the level of power that this carries and cease a show that will influence people to take substandard care of their animals.

    • Kimberly Miller MONROE, MI
      • about 12 hours ago

      The standards of care exhibited by this veterinarian are completely inexcusable. Lack of pain management and dirty surgical practices are not thing that should be exalted.

    • Melody Nakamura KANEOHE, HI
      • about 18 hours ago

      It is an outrage that animals would receive substandard treatment from a veterinarian on national TV. First time pet owners may accept his substandard treatment as acceptable. We have an obligation to protect our pets and to ensure we do not sensationalize bad practice for ratings.

    • Terri Harley FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • 1 day ago

      Domesticated companion animals, dogs and cats, have rights, with a minimum standard of care. I am horrified that National Geographic and the shows sponsors are paying and endorsing a veterinarian without the proper practices to humanely care for animals. My family belongs to National Geographic and I plan on boycotting those sponsors of this show.

    • Melora Nichols SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
      • 2 days ago

      I consider myself an animals rights activist, I see the horrors of what mankind perpetrates on living creatures, so to televise this person is evil in and of itself.


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