On June 30th James Patterson’s “ZOO” series will launch on CBS but not everyone is celebrating. The drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name and at the center of that novel are exotic animals running amok across the world.
In the series, a wave of violent animal attacks against humans begin taking place across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade zoologist (James Wolk) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.
Just before the show premieres on CBS, PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Brittany Peet, released the following statement.
“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. is taking elephants off the road.”
Peet went on to say, “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.”