Danielle LeVee, Global Animal
Premiering today, Tuesday, October 2 at 9 pm, NatGeo Wild’s new television show Animal Intervention will feature animal advocates Alison Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s daughter), Donald Schultz, and Billy McNamara who investigate particular cases of wildlife owners who keep exotic animals in harmful environments and intervene in order to relocate these animals to safe animal sanctuaries. Some of the owners breed their animals, further crowding their facilities and increasing the overall population of exotics living in captivity. The show also addresses the appalling conditions at roadside zoos, private ranches, circuses, and magic shows, where animals are exceptionally maltreated.
“This is a series that is near and dear to my heart,” says Eastwood. “I have amassed television and film credits, but helping animals and finding them loving homes is my passion. I have wanted to create a show about rescuing animals and bringing attention and awareness to their plight for some time.”
Sometimes these interventionists successfully persuade owners to relinquish their animals, and at that point a sanctuary is called in for help. Sadly, in some cases, stubborn owners will completely refuse changes, and the animal advocates are left with no choice but to leave empty-handed. From that point, they attempt to return at a later date with a different solution to help the animals.
We would like to draw particular attention to the Animal Intervention episode airing on Tuesday, October 16. In this episode, the animal interventionists travel to Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to meet mass exotic animal owner, Joe Schreibvogel. Not only has Global Animal cracked down on Schreibvogel’s traveling animal exhibit and the associated deaths of 23 tiger cubs, but the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) also published findings from their very own undercover investigation that revealed another five tiger deaths in just four months. Schreibvogel is notorious for stealing tiger cubs away from their mothers and exposing them to public interaction at a young and vulnerable age. He also has a reputation for extensive wild animal breeding.
It should be obvious: wildlife ownership and breeding is unnatural and destructive. We hope this show will enforce this message end ultimately promote an overall ban on private wildlife ownership and decrease animal suffering.