An animal rights group on Thursday asked the Discovery Channel not to air “Eaten Alive,” a show planned for next month where a naturalist attempts to get swallowed by a giant snake.
Delcianna Winders, the PETA foundation’s deputy general counsel, said that if Discovery’s promo for the show is to be believed, an anaconda snake was tormented and suffered for the sake of ratings.
Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg refused to comment on PETA’s request that the network not air the show. But she said the featured snake is “alive and well.”
Goldberg also wouldn’t give any details about “Eaten Alive,” set to air Dec. 7 as part of Discovery’s “Mega Week,” beyond a filmed promotion that appears on the network’s website.
The promotion claims that filmmaker Paul Rosolie “enters the belly of an anaconda in a custom-built, snake-proof suit.” The video shows him walking near a snake in a spaceman-type outfit.