Jerk Factor

Fear Factor, NBC’s insane but ridiculously popular reality series, is coming back to television to entertain millions of viewers with their “gross-out” and “stunt” challenges that involve animal mistreatment and abuse. On the show, contests compete for prize money by accepting challenges that often involve eating a live animal, disgusting animal product, or sitting in an aquarium with hundreds of scared animals. While on the air throughout the early 00s, Fear Factor was under fire from animal rights activists.

Most of the animal stunts involved contestants sitting a tub filled with snakes, spiders, or fish where animals were often accidentally or intentionally killed.

After numerous injuries and animal deaths, trainers began to refuse to work on Fear Factor. The American Humane Association (AHA), who oversees the use of animals for TV, said that the show features clear cut cases of animal abuse and mistreatment especially (and most obviously) in contests that required contestants kill animals in order to win.

This is one show that should never come back into existence. Eating or abusing an animal does not mean you conquered your fear. In my experience, it takes more courage to speak up for animals than it does to participate in their abuse. 

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