Bear Grylls is the last person I thought would be associated with animal cruelty (and not just because of his first name). The TV personality and adventurer has become the target of animal activist wrath because of something that happened on his reality show, 'The Island.'
- Killing a Sleeping Pig
There was a scene in a recent episode of the show in which some of the hungry women happened upon a sleeping pig and then killed it. What’s even more saddening is that this isn’t the first time this has happened on the show. There have been two other pigs that were shamefully slaughtered. When asked about the incidents of cruelty against animals, the show’s producers dug their own graves further by confessing that the pigs were especially brought into the show so that the reality TV show contestants could hunt and kill them. Err, is this necessary?
- An 'Accidental' Crocodile Killing?
Recently, a crocodile was also murdered on the show, this time by the group of men. However, the incident was later written up as an 'accident' due to how the producers later said that the contestants were not aware that they had killed a crocodile which is protected by the Endangered Species Act. However, surely the animal should not have been killed even if it weren’t under such protection?
- Should Animals Be Killed for Entertainment?
Bear Grylls has been focused on ensuring that the contestants are kept safe, such as by having enough water, and being surrounded by indigenous animals that they can hunt and kill. One of the new rules has been that animals such as pigs are going to be brought onto the island for them. Basically, the producers are ensuring the contestants’ safety but not that of the animals. It’s not just the killing of the poor animals that is an issue but also the outright shocking way in which they have been used for human entertainment: to feed people who have chosen to appear on a reality show. And yet these are real lives that are being disposed of for no good reason! Since this has come out into the light, PETA has stated that the producers of the show, one of them being Grylls, should be arrested.