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Ky. 'Turtleman' facing federal scrutiny over handling of animals after critical article
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:15 AM EST
Kentucky's "Turtleman" is facing federal scrutiny after a magazine report claimed animals were harmed while filming his reality TV show on Animal Planet.
An article published Tuesday at Motherjones.com, claims the show stages fake rescue situations that sometimes harm animals. It also claims a baby raccoon and several bats died after being used on the show.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the U.S. Agriculture Department, which enforces the Animal Welfare Act, is reviewing the situation.
A spokeswoman for Animal Planet told the paper that the safety of the animals is the channel's top priority. She also said the show's producers have hired a federally licensed wildlife handler to be on the set at all times
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com