Tiger-Beating Michael Hackenberger Loses Hollywood Job
For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2016
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Bowmanville, Ontario – CBS has confirmed to PETA that network series Zoo has dropped plans to hire Bowmanville Zoo owner Michael Hackenberger after a PETA eyewitness video documented that he swore at and whipped a young Siberian tiger up to 20 times, causing the animal’s anal sacs to release out of fear.
“Michael Hackenberger’s relentless abuse of a juvenile tiger has cost him a high-profile Hollywood job,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “With realistic and versatile computer-generated imagery so widely available, there’s no excuse for live animals to be exploited for film and television shows like Zoo.”
In December, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”— released video footage in which Hackenberger describes his cruel training methods, says that punishment is the only way to force an animal to perform, and boasts, “You smack ’em and they generally fold like a house of cards. … And that’s the beauty of these things.”
Hackenberger—who has supplied animals for numerous TV shows and films, such as Life of Pi and The Interview—previously came under fire for verbally abusing a baboon on live television.