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Why are TV shock shows allowed to show people eating live animals?

Asked by hungryhungryhortence (12148points) June 8th, 2009

I’m talking about reality show challenges where people are given live bugs and things to eat, not documentaries showing people who would eat these critters as part of their normal diet or survival type shows. Why does a poor stickbug or beetle have to be crunched on while alive? I’m sure there would be an uproar if they offered out a colorful butterfly instead.

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I was never a fan of Fear Factor for that reason.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic: wouldn’t you know it, the crap that catches my eye when walking by happens to be just the thing to set me off.

archer's avatar

people in general enjoy seeing others enjoying themselves

DarkScribe's avatar

It is the response that many having when passing an accident scene, they are fascinated and repelled at the same time.

dynamicduo's avatar

There’s a difference between animals and insects. They’re not sinking their teeth into a live kitten, now are they?

Humans generally have a distaste for bugs (a good evolutionary consideration). They are not seen as equal to kittens in terms of the sanctity of critter life. Combined with their larger populations and ease of reproducing, it is seen as acceptable to destroy them or subject them to torture for our entertainment.

Is it fair? Life’s not fair. I am not of the opinion that all bugs deserve the right to live, I feed various bug larvae to my lizards often, I don’t release a found bug into the wilderness. At the same time, I find nothing redeeming about people eating bugs etc, so I don’t watch these shows.

There sure as hell would be an uproar if PETA made a Fear Factor spoof ad with kittens instead of bugs, to highlight the fact that bugs are animals too. But PETA knows that bug sympathy is not high enough for them to profit off of it, so they don’t.

SirBailey's avatar

Survival of the fittest – no vocal chords. You would not see this sort of thing if the bugs could scream in pain.

I’m convinced that’s why we cook live lobster in a pot of boiling water. They can’t scream.

ccatron's avatar

i don’t think it would be quite as “shocking”, hence the name in your question, “TV Shock Shows”

Rsam's avatar

why not?

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@Rsam: I thought it was cruel for the live stick bugs to be crunched on.

Rsam's avatar

“you” thought so. and fortunately one person doesnt get to decide whats good or bad for everyone else. : V

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