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You Don’t Know Jack (Hanna)

Written by PETA | March 1, 2010
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Jack Hanna

We weren’t surprised when we heard that SeaWorld hired animal pimp “entertainer” Jack Hanna to defend its abuse of marine mammals as well as SeaWorld’s abysmal record of injuries and deaths of both trainers and animals. This is the same man who called Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “the finest circus in the world,” after all.

Hanna—who actually compared whale trainers to astronauts (?!)—has his own long and sordid history of exploiting animals at the expense of the safety of the animals and the humans around them. The baby animals Hanna regularly turns into unwilling performers are unweaned infants who were torn from their mothers shortly after birth. His traveling wildlife are subjected to the crippling stress of large crowds and are trapped in an unnatural, alien environment.

Hanna’s antics perpetuate the misguided notion that dangerous and exotic animals are desirable “pets,” yet even an “animal expert” such as himself can’t take the wild nature out of the animals he carts around. His “pet” lion bit off the arm of a 3-year-old. A chimpanzee he brought to a church, bit off a 5-year-old girl’s finger. A fox he displayed on Good Morning America severely bit the host’s finger, and a baby cougar he brought to a conference bit a politician on the chin. By using animal suppliers and assistants with poor records of animal care, Hanna supports individuals and organizations who have been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

Hanna + SeaWorld = double the suffering for animals. Want to tell these abusers to “Hit the road, Jack!”? Urge SeaWorld to end its use of marine mammals immediately.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • M.G. MILLER says:

    Hanna wants to talk for the dead girl, so let’s ask her, after the third or fourth time you are knocked under the water, while fighting for a breath of air, do you feel that you are being attacked? Sorry for taking up so much space, but I grew up on a small farm, and I know what happy animals are. It erks me that a buffoon like Hanna tries to pass himself off as some sort of expert, bragging about his fourty-two years of experience. (And still does not know shit)

  • M.G. MILLER says:

    In his interview, following the untimely death of Dawn, the trainer at Sea World, he states that “it was not an attack”. What was he refering to? The Orca clearly knocked her all over the pool, and knocked her right out of the hands of the brave girls trying to pull her from the pool. That silly hat must have affected his one or two marbles. Wildlife expert? Fourty-two years of tormenting and abusing wild animals in the name of research. How many of those animals died from being over sedated, so that Marlin perkins could thrash around with them, like he was in a death struggle, on the old Wild Kingdom shows? Your days are over, you make no sense at all Jack.

  • M.G. MILLER says:

    Indiana Hanna and the temple of doofus. I remember this clown on Wild Kingdom, throwing animals off the back of a truck onto their rib cage, and saying that “the animal is released back into the wild unhurt.” I always wanted to throw him and his buddy Marlin Pipsqueak off the back of a truck.

  • Allen says:

    Years ago in Ohio,Hanna supported the hunters right to kill the Dove. I have not supported his activities since the Dove hunts started.We need to ask more questions to the politicians and find out who really supports our feelings.

  • Cindy says:

    I’ve never had the interest to visit SeaWorld after learning the reality behind the scenes. Don’t buy a tickettell others not to go to these places.

  • Liz says:

    This past summer I worked at the Columbus Zoo. One morning I was walking to the cafeteria and I saw Jack walking with random people and he walked up to me sighned a picture of himself and just walked away. First of all I was basically his employee and didnt even bother to ask how I was or my day or anything. He actually thought I wanted a picture of himself. Everyday I walked into work and walked past the animals and just saw the pain in their eyes. I thought to myself how much people can make the animals look like they enjoy their habitats. Hit the road JACK.

  • Tracy Faraoni says:

    Jack Hanna sucks. He is an idiot.

  • James says:

    Thanks to Rob for a truly fitting term for these establishments. “Abusement Parks”

  • Rob says:

    I used to love and watch Jack Hanna but after seeing him defend these abusement parks I’ve lost all respect for this animal pimp!

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  • Autumn says:

    Thank You PETA for taking a stand on this issue. It is near and dear to my heart. I sat in shock as I watched Jack H. defend SeaWorld. There’s a bloodmoney trail there and it disgusts me. He’s not about respecting nature…he’s in it for profit.

  • James says:

    Jack Hanna is the furthest thing from an “animal expert” as one can get. I found it uneasy to sit through his weak defenses on the behalf of Seaworld and holding wild animals captive in general. He is unfortunately ignorant in the honest sense of the word. It would be great if Jack and Seaworld would focus more of their efforts more on the saving and releasing of wild animals such as the manatee which he continues to point out on his interviews. And quit the capture and keeping of these animals. It’s a disgrace to see these wild animals performing tricks under the guise of “education”. Give me a break!

  • Kelley says:

    Jack Hanna sucks.

  • Eileen Campbell says:

    The guy is obviously another ahole exploiting animals and getting away with it.Why are there not more famous faces and celebs brave enough to open their mouths and say “Don’t listen to him?”

  • kelly says:

    i hope he burns in hell for this

  • Shivam Gandhi says:

    curse you jack! If you really want to help try and donate at lest half of the profit you are about t make to animals. You guys should visit because I heard they are really supporting animals too

  • Darlene Costain says:

    Lets close the doors on Sea World..we have become so much more intelligent with the technology that we have but yet we are still living like cave people. Set these brother and sister creatures free…leave them we want to be free ourselves.

  • John says:

    You guys are crazy!

  • Melody says:

    How depressing. I grew up with Jack Hanna as my idol. I had all of his tapes watched his television program thought he was the greatest. What an ahole.

  • sarah mccorkle says:

    ive bought 4 ferrets from marshall farms and just found out about their dirty secret it made me so mad im going to spred the news to all the pet shops in my area i love my ferrets to think they come from sutch a hellish place just makes me cry.

  • Chris says:

    I have never been impressed by Jack Hanna. He stumbles or bumbles throught the shows he does. Like watching the village idiot perform. Maybe instead of putting those poor animals through the crap maybe he should be brought out on leash.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    Let’s see. Killer whale killers people because it’s obviously a wild animal that should be left in the wild. Yeah Hanna that is EXACTLY the same as astronauts. Ha yeah I TOTALLY believe you! NOT!!

  • Lulu says:

    I’m so happy to see this post. This man is so often touted as a wildlife “expert” when he really is a moneyhungry pimp. For too long he’s just breezed by without scrutiny by people who don’t realize how harmful and cruel his activities are.

  • NT says:

    What an idiot. I hate this guy. Animals could do without this type of “animal lover” just like Irwin.

  • tara says:

    perhaps the animals are trying to tell us something? i think they must be pretty unhappy. they need to be FREE!!!!

  • Alana says:

    What a Jack Hole!

  • Aneliese says:

    In my eyes Hanna is a twisted animal abuser. He probably has no idea.

  • Denise LeMelledo says:

    I just saw Jack on Larry King and Larry was his usual kiss a self never taking a stand. Sea World should be closed and no more animals in circuses. I tried to watch The Cove only made it through the first 20 minutes or so. There must be more of an effort ot close Sea World a case must be made!!

  • Jay says:

    Jack is an idiot who is for sale and has no interest in helping animals just helping himself getting paid with his lies.

  • Brad Barrett says:

    In your heart of hearts you know that captive animals are not happy. You know they suffer. All just to make a profit. Give your head a shake and let them go free. Thanx.

  • Erin says:

    end animal suffering now.

  • cathy culp says:

    Wild Animals should be left in the wild..Its cruel to keep them in an environment that they were not intended for..

  • J D Allinder says:

    Ha! Animal Pimp. It’s the truth. SeaWorld is evil and Jack Hanna is officially on my s list.