Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bollywood at Taman Negara

When they did the filming of Gunung Ledang at Gunung Irau, Cameron Highlands, several years ago, much of the mossy forest and trees at the filming sites were destroyed. Now, they are at it again. They never learn. What will be destroyed next?
The main purpose of National Park is for the protection of the flora and fauna. Look like they are now more interested in making money.

July 11, 2009
Bollywood reality show in Taman Negara accused of animal abuse

NEW DELHI: Highly publicised television realtiy shows here, where hunky actors oozing with machismo, mingle with wild animals may be fast becoming a fad.

However, such shows can hardly muscle their way into the psyche of Indian animal welfare activists.

A Mumbai-based animal rights group has alleged that animals, whether in the wild or domesticated, should be banned from these shows as they were often exposed to all sorts of abuses.

While Indian celebrities were busy shooting in the wild rainforest of Taman Negara in Malaysia for the up and coming show, 'Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachoo' (Take Me Out Of This Jungle), animal activists were crying foul back home.

"It is cruelty to use animals for such shows. Animals are never willing participants, they are always forced into this (shows). Whether it is India or Malaysia, these shows must be banned," Anuradha Sawhney, chief functionary at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (India chapter) said here today.

The Hindi version of the reality show is choreographed along ITV Global Entertainments 'I am a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here', where about 10 celebrities would try to survive the tough terrain of Taman Negara to win the King or Queen of the Jungle crown.

The shoot for the Sony Entertainment Television's reality show, which would be aired on Indian televisions from July 13, has started in Taman Negara and was expected to go on for another two months.

Producers of reality shows are becoming more adventurous.

Celebrities are often flown to exotic destinations for filming in jungles with wildlife.

At least, 300 Indian crew members would be involved in the Taman Negara filming.

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