PETA wants Amazon to pack up its problematic new reality competition series!
The organization is up in arms after footage leaked from Season 1 of The Pack, an Amazing Race-style show where owners and their dogs travel and journey across nature together. PETA argues that the animals are put into dangerous situations that they never agreed to do because, well, they’re dogs.
The clips in question were taken from raw footage of a challenge in the show’s third episode that didn’t make it to air. They show several pooch contestants helplessly dangling under their human teammate as the pair rappel down the 108-foot Los Campesinos Falls in Costa Rica; throughout the challenge, the dogs are swung into rock faces and have their legs twisted into dangerous positions.
See the inexcusable imagery for yourself (below):
OMG, so not okay!
To make matters more infuriating, producers for the show knew these sights would upset viewers, according to a source who spoke to TheWrap, and instructed editors to cut around the offensive footage to make the scene work. So, these shots didn’t make it to air; but thanks to whoever recorded the clips on their cell phone from an editing machine, we now know the disturbing stunts this show is making its canine contestants perform against their will.
Obviously, PETA is livid about the ordeal. The org told TheWrap in a statement:
“Video footage of a dog dangling in midair from someone’s harness and paddling in a futile effort to gain his footing before getting swung into a rock face shows exactly where producers’ priorities lay for ‘The Pack.’ It seems that this clip ended up on the cutting room floor because producers knew that the dog was not enthusiastic and happy, but distressed. This senior dog should be curled up on a sofa, not thrown into one dangerous situation after another for the sake of ratings. No dog would choose to be part of this ‘pack.’”
We have to agree with that. Those dogs do NOT look like they’re having fun!
PETA also sent a letter addressed to Chris Castallo, Amazon’s head of unscripted programming, explaining that the footage “establishes exactly why real dogs and other animals don’t belong in films or on TV, as well as the way their safety and well-being are sacrificed for ratings.”
When The Pack was first announced, Amazon made it clear that a team of “accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts” were present for each leg of the race. In an interview with Variety ahead of the show’s debut, exec producer Jay Bienstock said those animal gurus had “absolute power” on set, sharing:
“If dog safety said, ‘Stop this,’ we would stop. We gave them a pass at everything.”
Tbh, the fact that a competition show needs dog safety experts on hand might be a red flag that this shouldn’t be a series to begin with. Do U agree, Perezcious readers?
[Image via Amazon]