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Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications, Inc. is an American global mass media and entertainment company based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The company started as a single channel in 1985, The Discovery Channel.


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Petitioning Animal Planet, Snoop dogg, Discovery Communications, BBC

Get Snoop Dogg to Narrate Whole Season of Planet Earth

Snoop Dogg has narrated some Planet Earth in the past but yo we need him to narrate full episodes. Sign the petition if you agree

Kelly Ooton
65,126 supporters
Petitioning Discovery Communications

Travel companies: Stop encouraging holidaymakers to visit bullfights

Bullfighting is one of the world's worst acts of cruelty to animals. Most holidaymakers lured in to bullrings by tour operators are left shocked and disgusted at the merciless violence they witness. It is wrong for travel companies, tour operators, hotels, etc to direct tourists to this bloody spectacle.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
5,650 supporters
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Petitioning Discovery Channel, Discovery Communications...CEO David Zaslav

Discovery Channel: Cancel "Ted Nugent's Gun Country" or face a massive boycott of your channel

Ted Nugent is a twice convicted poacher and he participates in penned/canned hunts. He is an admitted pedophile, homophobe and misogynist. He constantly spews hate speech. He recently threatened The President of the United States and The Secretary of State. He stated that if Obama gets re-elected he will shoot him. His behaviour is volatile, obnoxious and arrogant. He recently told a reporter after getting asked a question he didn't agree with, that he should perform oral sex on him ( his words were more vile). When the female producer intervened she was told by Ted that he would f**k her. He is also a draft dodger and is a vocal anti-government proponent. As a former viewer and long time fan of the Discovery Channel, I am shocked and disappointed to know they would promote this hate speech spewing misogynist.The discovery channel used to be known for it's educational programming and content. Why on earth would they lower their standards to partner with this less than stable raving lunatic. I am urging everyone to boycott this channel until this filth is removed. Please join me in signing this petition and share it with everyone you can. National Geographic just cancelled their program featuring trophy hunter Melissa Bachman due to public pressure. We can do this!!! UPDATE: The first episode aired, unfortunately. It featured Ted killing a Scimitar Horned Oryx. An animal who is now extinct in the wild. This just makes it that much important to get the word out about Discovery's decision to promote Nugent.  

MARY-ANN HOLM
5,272 supporters
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Petitioning president South Korea Guen-Hye Park

Stop the South Korean Dog Meat Trade..boycott PyeongChang South Korea 2018 Winter Olympics

While the Winter Olympics is a joyous occasion and one in which we usually look forward to. I want to bring to your attention the barbaric torture and slaughtering of the Korean DOG MEAT consumption that many of your countrymen believe make them more masculine and virile. Furthermore, this is completely absurd and anyone with an ounce of intelligence and empathy will know how preposterous this is. Until it becomes 100% illegal with heavy fines and serious jail time for offenders we will NOT stop our campaign to Boycott the 2018 Pyeonchang Seoul Winter Olympics. This abuse, torture, and slaughter of Dogs and Cats needs to end!! We do not mean two weeks before the 2018 Winter Olympics to placate the rest of the world. PLEASE if you are a DOG and CAT parent and lover ...please take a nano second out of your day press the Petiton Tab and forward / circulate our petition on Face Book to other Fur Parents... Squeeze, hold, and love your pets tighter and whisper into their ear how lucky they are... Www.koreandogs.org Www.startrescue.org

Dean Theodore
4,211 supporters
Petitioning TLC, Discovery Communications

TLC Airing Domestic Violence - Anfisa and Jorge.

When Anfisa and Jorge first hit our screens in 2016 as the volatile couple on Season 4 of '90 Day Fiance' people were shocked at Anfisa's behaviour towards her then fiance Jorge. She destroyed his property (car, phones, etc.) and was verbally abusive. In season 5 of '90 Day Fiance' Anfisa and Jorge tied the knot. But unfortunately their relationship has now become violent. In episodes 3 and 4, viewers of the show witnessed Anfisa physically attacking Jorge. Jorge admitted on film that he is scared of Anfisa. People who are familiar with domestic violence will recognise her actions as signs of an abusive and dangerous partner. An estimated 10 million Americans are the victims of domestic violence each year. TLC needs to take a stand against domestic violence and stop normalising it by airing it every Sunday on its popular tv show '90 Day Fiance'. 

Amy D
769 supporters
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Petitioning The Walt Disney Company, General Electric, Discovery Communications, Viacom, Time Warner Cable, CBS, News Corp.

Demand networks not air a misguided Duggars special on sexual abuse

The Duggar family and TLC have created a television special on child abuse entitled “Breaking the Silence” as well as a follow-up show to air afterwards. The specials will air on August 30th on TLC. The reported one-hour special is set to include two of the Duggar daughters as well as other victims. This special is likely an attempt by the Duggars to rescue their public images and launch a spin-off television show to and revive their faltering careers. We are asking the various media outlets, especially TLC's parent company Discovery Networks, to forgo airing any Duggar-helmed child abuse special. We urge the media companies to consider how the airing of the Duggars' consistently uninformed treatment of child abuse can harm other victims' willingness to come forward with their own accounts and can, furthermore, damage overall public discourse regarding the issue.  The Duggar family has consistently shown that they lack empathy with sexual abuse victims by undermining the seriousness of victims' accounts and giving preference to accounts by the abuser. This is indicative of the fact that they also lack awareness in how to effectively provide treatment to both victims and perpetrators. The Duggar family does not include qualified counselors. Additionally, they have forgone standard counseling treatment regarding their two daughters' treatment by their son in favor of untested and ill-founded religious programs and a overall culture of silence within their household and on their television programs regarding the issue. Furthermore, the Duggars' involvement of their two daughters--who have publicly suffered through an abuse scandal--in a new television special is very troubling in how the victims will have to relive and also recount their abuse to fit with the Duggars' already problematic narrative. This is not the appropriate message to be sending to abuse victims, perpetrators and the nation as a whole.The Duggar's original series is already very controversial nationwide. It has faced concerted public uproar, the pulling of funding from over a dozen sponsors and a loss of public support for TLC in their handling of the situation and for taking so long to determine the fate of the series. From this alone, it is clear that any further specials will also be controversial and will serve as divisive spectacles that distract from the seriousness of dealing with child sexual abuse in an informed manner.  We understand that the members of the Duggar family have a right to speech regarding abuse. However, the predominant reason they would do so through a major cable channel outfits is profit. The Duggars do not have the right to make money off of their daughters' abuse by the hands of their son, and they should not be encouraged to do so. As private enterprises, media companies have the right and ability to determine what messages they promote. We urge these companies, especially Discovery Networks, not to air any Duggar-based vehicle on child abuse for the reasons mentioned above.     

Jamie Bitzenhofer
555 supporters
Petitioning CANALSAT, Discovery Communications, Discovery Channel, SFR

Discovery Channel Canal Sat !

Bonjour,  Aujourd'hui j'ai pu constater avec effarement, que Discovery Channel n'était plus disponible sur Canal Sat.  Aucune annonce de la part de Canal Sat ou même de Discovery Je trouve ça honteux d'une part que l'offre Canal Sat ne change pas de prix alors que clairement l'offre n'est pas identique à l'offre lorsque j'ai signé chez eux.  Honteux que Discovery préfère l'appât du gain  plutôt que la fidélité de ses clients, depuis le début de la chaîne en France je suis spectateur régulié, je me sens littéralement trahi.  Honteux aussi de la part de SFR, une concurrence déloyale avec une offre faramineuse, opérateur qui ne fonctionne pas chez moi.  L'union fais la force, arrêtons ces mascarades des entreprises qui font ce qu'ils veulent de leur client. 

Joao Carlos SILVESTRE DA SILVA
439 supporters
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Petitioning Robert J. Miron, David M. Zaslav

Request: Discovery Communications Add at Least One Female Member to its Board of Directors

According to recent data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, 24 Fortune 500 companies currently have no women on their boards. Discovery Communications, a leader in its industry, is one of the companies on this embarrassing list. It is fundamentally unfair and repugnant that gender inequality can prevent a woman from joining Discovery Communications’ board of directors, no matter how hard-working, deserving, or qualified she is. Lack of gender diversity is so last century! Discovery Communications is an American global mass media and entertainment company famous for its portfolio of over 50 network entertainment brands. Popular Discovery Communications brands include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery Communications shows are offered through multiple services, including YouTube, iTunes, and more than 40 other distribution partners and devices. Discovery has 375 million monthly online streams of its programming. Discovery also produces educational products and services to schools, including a series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education and Discovery Digital Networks.  Clearly, Discovery Communications aims to entertain and educate families around the country. Women and girls make up a significant percentage of the company’s consumers. In fact, Investigation Discovery was the #1 network for Women in all of cable in the fourth quarter of 2015! This makes it even more unfathomable that Discovery Communications does not include any women on their board. It is hypocritical for a company dedicated to education and advancement to be so backwards when it comes to gender inequality. Discovery Communications should try harder to find at least one qualified woman to serve on its board of directors! Sign this petition and ask Discovery Communications to add at least one female member to its board of directors.  Adding women to Discovery Communications’ board will significantly increase Discovery Communications’ profits and makes business sense. A 2015 McKinsey and Co. study determined that companies in the top quartile of gender diversity are 15% more likely to financially outperform those in the bottom quartile. A 2014 Catalyst study found that having more women in leadership and board positions resulted in better financial performance while increasing innovation and group performance. A gender-diverse board will increase Discovery Communications’ competitive advantage. Diversity of thought, view, and experience will give Discovery Communications a competitive advantage because it will help the company consider new perspectives, ask different questions and recognize fresh trends and opportunities. Companies that do not have women on their boards miss out on the perspective of more than half the population.  As an industry leader, supporting gender equality puts Discovery Communications on the right side of the issue. Does Discovery Communications need its peer companies or government to remind it to do the right thing? Does Discovery Communications want to be on the wrong side of history? As a company of high stature, visibility and influence, Discovery Communications has the resources and footprint to create a positive legacy. By solving its board of directors’ gender diversity problem, Discovery Communications can continue cementing its position as both a corporate and social leader.  I am a founder of Women Serve on Boards, a General Counsel at a leading technology company, and an enthusiastic advocate for women and gender equality. As a Discovery Communications customer, female professional, and mother of two daughters, I would like to see more relatable female role models and leaders at every level of Discovery Communications. The change must start at the top. I hope the next generation of women will benefit from a more equal society and that Discovery Communications can lead the charge in getting us there. After all, this is 2016. Why should one’s gender make it impossible to serve on the board of directors of Discovery Communications?  I genuinely hope that you join me in urging Discovery Communications to take steps toward gender equality on its board. Thank you very much in advance for being a socially responsible leader. Together, we can pave the way to a more equal future.

Olga Mack
328 supporters
Petitioning Sky, Discovery Communications

Keep Discovery channels in UK and Ireland on Sky.

From January 31st, Discovery is going to remove ALL of their channels from Sky and NOW TV in the U.K. and Ireland. This petition is to make Sky keep their channels in the U.K. and Ireland.  This means if Discovery loses their channels, we will no longer have Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, Discovery Shed, Discovery Turbo, and even channels like Nat Geo Wild and EuroSport. This simply can't happen.

Some Guy
326 supporters
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Petitioning Fans, Creators, Producers, Actors, Animators, Discovery Communications

Bring Back Dan Vs. for a 4th Season

Fans of Dan Vs. were devastated when they found out that the show would not be returning for a fourth season, and that the entire network was shutting down to make way for Discovery Family. Dan Vs is a hilarious show, attracting a worldwide audience of all ages. The show has outstanding dialog, great characters that people can really relate to, and a fantastic voice acting cast including Curtis Armstrong, Dave Foley, Paget Brewster, Tom Kenny, and John C. McGinley. Unfortunately, Discovery Family tends to give all of their attention to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. But My Little Pony is not the only good thing on the channel, and they have to realize that their other great shows deserve just as much attention. Dan Vs has so much potential, and it definitely needs to continue past season 3. We understand that changes have been made, but this is the television business. Anything is possible. We ask of you to please bring back our favorite animated show, along with its comical and lovable characters. Sincerely, The Dandom P.S. To make your voice heard even more, use the hashtags #bringdanback #danvs #dandom #fanvs on twitter whenever you'd like to talk about the show! We also encourage direct contact, so Discovery Family's twitter is @discoveryfamily  

Jessica R
148 supporters