Following Pamela Anderson’s live appearance on French talk show Touche pas à mon poste!, host Cyril Hanouna pledged to stop featuring live animals on the show. After listening to Anderson’s reasoning and finding that viewers supported her position, the presenter announced that there would be no more animals on the set,”because I understand your plea—there are many others who didn’t want animals on set, and I know they’re right about that.”
And Anderson knows what she’s talking about. Animals who are exploited in the film and television industries are subjected to stress caused by bright lights, loud noises, and forced contact with humans. They spend much of their lives locked up, are hauled from one production to another, and often endure horrific conditions off set. PETA’s investigation into Birds & Animals Unlimited—a company specializing in hiring out animals to the entertainment industry, including for movies such as A Dog’s Purpose and shows such as CBS’ Zoo—found that animals suffered behind the scenes.
Hanouna made the right decision for Touche pas à mon poste!, and now it’s CBS’ turn to join the modern world of computer-generated imagery so that animals aren’t forced to live as prisoners for the sake of human entertainment.
Urge CBS to do the right thing. Let the network know that animals aren’t actors and that they often suffer both on and off camera when used for entertainment.