Drugs, death, neglect: behind the scenes at Animal Planet

Mother Jones conducts an investigation on the misstreatment of animals during TV productions. Contrary to what people believe most TV series involving animals are produced by staging action and forcing such animals to perform acts that are far from natural. They are harassed and treated in an inhumane way. Animal Planet and other TV production companies showing animals should be guided by strict codes of conduct that ensure animals are treated in respectful way.