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PETA Can't Stomach Anaconda 'Eaten Alive' Publicity Stunt

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Paul Rosolie speaks during an interview at the the Discovery Channel offices in New York on December 3, 2014. Rosolie spoke about how he donned a specially-made snake-proof suit and covered himself in pigs blood and was eaten alive and regurgitated by an anaconda. (Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 06:58 AM

PETA is concerned about the anaconda featured in Discovery channel's recent special, "Eaten Alive," saying the snake underwent undue stress when it was tricked into eating stuntman Paul Rosolie.

"Last night, despite protests by conservationists, biologists, herpetologists, and decent people everywhere who oppose the abuse of wildlife, the Discovery Channel aired the inexcusable torment of a captured wild green anaconda and several other snakes," PETA's senior vice president Lisa Lange wrote Monday.

"The animals were removed from their water habitat and transported to a filming location, and the chosen snake was deceived into using her precious energy reserves to constrict a human being pretending to be a pig, all for a publicity stunt."

Under normal conditions, said Lange, if a giant snake found a potential meal just lying around, it may or may not make the decision to eat. Anacondas are constrictors, and expend a tremendous amount of their energy squeezing and eating their prey.

Rosolie, who said he did the stunt to bring attention to the deforestation of the anacondas' habitat, tricked the snake into thinking he was a legitimate meal by covering his snake-proof carbon fiber suit in pig's blood. The snake then set about constricting him for over an hour, stretched its jaws apart, and began consuming Rosolie's head. Before it could even get its mouth all the way around Rosolie's helmet, however, he called the experiment off because his arm was being crushed.

Many viewers were angry that the 2-hour special didn't deliver on its promise to show a man getting eaten alive, but PETA stated bluntly that whether or not the stunt succeeded, the snake was abused. Moreover, the publicity could in fact hurt the snakes habitat, not help save it.

"Paul Rosolie and his crew put this snake through undeniable stress and robbed her of essential bodily resources. She was forced to constrict and then not allowed to eat," said Lange.

"Study after study has shown that entertainment features such as this one that show humans interfering with and handling wild animals are detrimental to species conservation. Rosolie knows this. Discovery knows this. Yet they chose to contrive and air this shameful stunt for ratings anyway."

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PETA is concerned about the anaconda featured in Discovery channel's recent special, "Eaten Alive," saying the snake underwent undue stress when it was tricked into eating stuntman Paul Rosolie.
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