Mark this down as the first time PETA and this humble scribe have agreed upon something.
The uppity animal rights org had protested naturalist Paul Rosolie’s proposed stunt of getting eaten by an anaconda while wearing a carbon-fiber suit that supposedly would have protected him. On the Discovery Channel special that aired Sunday night, Rosolie got himself wound up by the massive snake but balked when it began to swallow his helmet, as it apparently had not occurred to him that getting eaten by a snake would involve getting eaten by a snake.
PETA thinks the anaconda should have been allowed to finish. “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,” the group said in a statement, explaining:
Under natural conditions, anacondas go weeks and even months between meals, eating only when necessary for survival and expending the tremendous amount of energy required to attack, constrict, and consume large prey only when the payoff outweighs the risk. 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.
They’re not wrong! Watch the video below, if that’s your thing, via the Discovery Channel:
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