'Rattlesnake Republic' presents four teams of people seeking to find and kill rattlesnakes for profit. This program sensationalizes a controversial and ethically questionable practice of collecting and killing as many of these snakes as possible, all culminating in various festivals celebrating the slaughter. The program actually glorifies the snake killers, presenting them as hard working people, and presenting the wholesale slaughter as somehow beneficial to the enviornment. The snakes are portrayed as aggressive and dangerous, contrary to known biology.
'Animal Planet', this program is misguided and disgusting and should not have ever been aired, much less sent into a second season of production.
It is unfortunate that Animal Planet and Discovery Communications, while known for so much animal themed educational programming, support for conservation of wild resources, and high quality of material broadcast, would allow such a sensational and misguided project to enter a second season in their fall lineup.
Stop broadcasting 'Rattlesnake Republic' Discovery Communications, or I will watch other channels instead.
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