Animal film was degrading and almost pornographic

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 November, 1993, 12:00am

ON Saturday, I watched Sex of the Animal Kingdom on TVB Pearl and I think it was the most disgusting film I have ever seen.

Don't get me wrong - I am far from being a prude, but the ignorant and degrading manner in which this was presented, turned what could have been a very interesting and informative insight into the reproductive habits of some rare and some more common species into nothing more than a sequence of almost pornographic clips.

We were informed at the beginning of the immense amount of time, effort and no doubt cost involved in collecting all this wonderful footage; so why ruin it all and turn it into an animal equivalent of a very low budget sex film complete with supermarket music in the background.

There was worse to come, when, not content with ridiculing some amazing creatures on their size, performance and stamina during the reproductive act, it was now turned into an ''orgy'' of quite blatantly set up shots of badger baiting and dog fights, even going so far as to name the contestants and who to put your money on.

Anyone with the slightest feelings of interest in animal welfare must realise that to purposefully subject animals to this kind of barbarian torture purely for man's enjoyment or gain is positively medieval.

It's hardly surprising that TVB Pearl were not letting us know the content of the programme beforehand - no doubt to keep up the all important ratings - which I'm sure would have been pretty low, had we been subjected to the usual trailers.

What two animals of the same sex, fighting to the death, or near death, have to do with reproduction, apart from over the female of the species, which was very clearly not the case here, I fail to see.

The final shots of a tiger and lioness enclosed in the same compound, fighting until both were dripping with blood and totally exhausted, accompanied by a boxing match commentary, left me absolutely stunned.

I am amazed that in this day and age footage of this ''nature'' is allowed on our screens - it was obviously filmed by and for some very sick-minded individuals who are, one would hope, in the minority.

Whoever allowed this footage to be filmed in the first place, let alone broadcast should have a taste of their own medicine and be thrown to the lions.

Metaphorically speaking - of course.