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Petitioning President Animal Planet and Science Networks Marjorie Kaplan and 14 others

Tell Animal Planet to stop promoting Rattlesnake Republic and the slaughter of rattlesnakes


Rattlesnakes are an integral part of our ecosystems but through poor education and misplaced fears they are often killed. Rattlesnake populations are suffering massive declines across the US due to habitat destruction and humans needlessly killing them. Many states have placed rattlesnakes under protection making it illegal to kill them because of their declining numbers.

Animal Planet, a subsidiary of the Discovery Communications, LLC., blatantly promotes the slaughter of rattlesnakes with their show Rattlesnake Republic. The show follows around a group of rattlesnake hunters that collect the snakes to sell for slaughter. For an organization that is supposed to be devoted to animals this show is a disgusting display of animal exploitation for profit. Animal Planet has sunk to a frightening low in the pursuit of ratings.

Please join me in expressing to Animal Planet and Discovery Communications, LLC. your disgust over the promotion of slaughtering rattlesnakes for profits and ratings. Let’s ask that they remove this terrible show and any other shows like it from their network and promote only programs that focus on education and conservation.

To view the show promoting the slaughter of rattlesnakes for yourself I suggest you visit - http://animal.discovery.com/tv/rattlesnake-republic/

Letter to
President Animal Planet and Science Networks Marjorie Kaplan
Executive Producer, Animal Planet Media Keith Hoffman
Executive Producer, Animal Planet Media Melinda Toporoff
and 12 others
Vice President, Production Jason Carey
Vice President, Programming and Development Andy Weissberg
Senior Vice President, Development Charlie Foley
Senior Vice President, Programming Rick Holzman
CEO Bright House Networks Steven A. Miron
Chairman Advance/Newhouse Communications Robert J. Miron
Chairman Liberty Media Corporation and Liberty Global, Inc. Dr. John C. Malone
Managing Director Allen & Company, LLC Paul A. Gould
Managing Director Hilltop Investments Robert R. Bennett
Independent Financial Consultant Robert R. Beck
Founder and Chairman Discovery Communications John S. Hendricks
President and CEO Discovery Communications David Zaslav
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Discovery Communications, LLC..

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Dear Animal Planet and Discovery Communications, LLC.

We implore you to stop promoting Rattlesnake Republic and the slaughter of rattlesnakes.

Rattlesnakes are an integral part of our ecosystems but through poor education and misplaced fears they are often killed. Rattlesnake populations are suffering massive declines across the US due to habitat destruction and humans needlessly killing them. Many states have placed rattlesnakes under protection making it illegal to kill them because of their declining numbers.

Your network blatantly promotes the slaughter of rattlesnakes with the show Rattlesnake Republic. For an organization that claims to be devoted to animals this show is a disgusting display of animal exploitation for profit. Animal Planet and Discovery Communications, LLC. have sunk to a frightening low in the pursuit of ratings.

We wish to express our disgust over your promotion of slaughtering rattlesnakes for profits and ratings. We ask that you remove this terrible show and any other shows like it from your network and promote only programs that focus on education and conservation.


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Sincerely,