New York — Wearing nothing but painted "leopard" spots and a banner reading, "Ban Hanna: www.WildlifePimps.com," 18-year-old Saskatoon high-school student Erin Ruel took to the streets of Times Square outside the studio of ABC’s Good Morning America show earlier today to protest the antics of frequent guest Jack Hanna, who was scheduled to appear on Tuesday’s show. While Hanna was a no-show after hearing of the protest, the sultry "Leopard Lady" stole the show, attracting the crowd’s, and security’s, interest. Other activists plastered posters on the studio’s windows featuring a baby tiger and the message, "ABC: You Don’t Know Jack! www.WildlifePimps.com."
Because Hanna’s animal act requires a steady supply of cute babies, infant animals are taken from their mothers, causing severe stress to both animals. Over-breeding leads to "surplus" animals who often end up abused, abandoned, or dead. Stump Hill Farm, one of Hanna’s animal suppliers for his Good Morning America appearances, has been cited by the USDA for mistreatment of primates, filthy cages, and inadequate space. Hanna’s show also inspires the private ownership of exotic animals, even though in his own backyard menagerie one of his "pet" lions bit off the arm of a 3-year-old child.
"Shivering on a New York sidewalk is nothing compared to what the animals endure when Jack Hanna hauls them around the country," says Ms. Ruel. "By tearing baby animals away from their mothers and forcing them to live in cages, Jack Hanna proves that his heart is colder than a New York winter. ABC needs to disinvite him permanently."
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