The animal rights organization hopes that the new series will be cancelled this summer. "Zoo" will kick off on Tuesday, June 30
PETA, the animal rights organization lashed out at the CBS for filming with real animals and not using computer generated graphics as a better option for their new television series “Zoo”.
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PETA issued a statement in this regard on Monday.
“By producing a show that exploits wild animals, including lions, CBS has proved that it’s out of sync with public opinion at a time when people are shunning SeaWorld’s captive orca sideshows, states and counties are passing laws banning wild animal acts and private ownership and Ringling Bros. are taking elephants off the road.” PETA said in the statement.
“Lions belong in the wild, not confined to tiny cages and forced to perform tricks, often under the threat of beatings. CBS should employ only humane and versatile computer-generated imagery, as so many other productions have done. PETA hopes Zoo will be one of this summer’s first cancellations.”
According to Deadline, PETA was insured by CBS for the minimalist use of real animals before the shooting began earlier this year. But the advocacy group is not pleased after the reports surfaced about show’s executive producer Michael Katleman claims of using real animals as much as possibly could.
“We take the approach in every action sequence, every animal sequence, of ‘Let’s use real animals.’ Katleman said in an interview with Times Picayune. “I used real lions. I had a trainer walk a line in. It was on a leash. We put a wire around but it’s not hot, it’s just so the lion won’t cross it. He walked it, went back, walked it, and did five passes without cutting the camera. Our cast was in frame and everybody just kind of has to wait. And then we go back and we erase the lead, we erase the trainer, we erase when it was going back. So then you have this pack coming down. It was all real lions, as opposed to using a CG lion.”
CBS also released a statement, saying "Everyone involved with Zoo has tremendous respect for PETA and its cause. The care, safety and overall well-being of any animal on our set is a top priority of the production."
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Based on James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 2012 novel of same name, “Zoo” follows zoologist Jackson Oz and ecologist Chloe Tousignant’s quest to find the reason of violent animal attacks upon humans, occurring all over the world. James Wolk and Nora Amezeder are playing lead roles in the series and the show will premiere on Tuesday June 30.