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A reality TV pig slaughter causes outrage (again)

12 May 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The second UK season of Bear Grylls' latest survival reality series, "The Island," is generating outrage after contestants have slaughtered three pigs for food and killed an endangered crocodile, having confused it with a more common caiman. An American version of the show will air on NBC this summer, debuting May 25. Reports say that PETA actually wants Grylls and the show's producers to be arrested for these actions. "Killing animals is a cheap ratings ploy and sends an especially harmful message to young viewers, who are greatly influenced by what they see on TV. Bear Grylls and the producers should be prosecuted. Fame doesn't mean immunity," the organization said in a statement. Most interesting, however, is that the animals were placed on the island by producers to be killed. (The show is filmed in the Pearl Islands off the coast of Panama.) On Channel 4's web site for the episode, »

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