February 18, 2012
We are asking for a protest on Saturday February 18th outside of the TV station for promoting animal cruelty in their sick tv show BLACK OUT. PROTEST ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 2012,12:00-15:00
ANT1 TV STATION-KIFISSIAS AVENUE 10-12,ATHENS. Please see the STOPCRUSH.ORG GREECE Facebook page for more details.
For more info in Greek, please click HERE!
This is about a tv show called “Black Out”, in this game, participants undergo various tests in total darkness including touching live creatures such as reptiles, insects, birds and sometimes small mammals.
And the “funny” element is supposed to result from the “fright-screaming” of the contestants. Unfortunately they are not the only ones who are scared, these unfortunate creatures are forced to participate in an unnatural for them status.
SAPT Hellas (Dogs therapeutic contact) complained about this to the Tv station via their Programme Officer, Christina Economou, since the SAPT has received a complaint about how the players on this tv show behave in wretched animals.
The Panhellenic Federation of Environmental and Animal Welfare and the Panhellenic Coordinating Committee align with animal welfare associations,and together with all those anonymous viewers, reacting to this TV garbage.They have addressed to the Prosecutor of First Instance of Athens denouncing the commercial exploitation of animals for the sake of “entertainment”.Sometimes changing the channel simply is not enough!
Greek article HERE.
BELOW IS OUR LETTER REGARDING THE ISSUE,PLS,COPY/PASTE THE MAIN THEME AND USE IT IN ORDER TO SEND EMAILS AND PROTEST ABOUT THIS HEINOUS GAME!
We are raising our voices with those who have already spoke against Black Out and we urge those who support STOPCRUSH.ORG Greece (Greece) and those who disagree with this unacceptable game to protest to the production company ANT1 (firstname.lastname@example.org) TV station ANT (email@example.com) and the National Broadcasting Council (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To the presenter, Nadia Bulle HERE!
Our dear friend and supporter Louise Du Toit wrote it again while giving great attention to the correct grammar and we thank her for that!
BLACK OUT-WITH THE TOUCH OF A SWITCH THE HORROR BEGINS …
To whom it may concern:
At the website of ANT1 TV Station (http://www.antenna.gr/tv/BlackOut/About), we can find the following description of the show titled “Black Out”:
Adventure game – Presented by Nadia Bulle:
You see it all in black? It’s because the “Black Out” came to Greece, after sweeping away the audiences in Denmark, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands. The game that will bring to light the biggest of your fears has started … in complete darkness. Tests you can not even imagine even in your wildest dreams, traps reminiscent of scenes from movies, objects that you will not ever dare to touch, living creatures that make the most courageous to tremble in fear … came to wreak terror on a environment that requires all senses operating fully, except for the sight. If you think you have daring, risk, courage, humor and are constantly alert … try it and you know, you could be the dark guy, who will win the big prize money and will eventually come out of the “Black Out” .. white-faced!
THE ACTUAL TRUTH ABOUT “Black Out” IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT:
“Living creatures that make the most courageous to tremble in fear,” is in fact reptiles, insects, birds or small mammals brutally abused, incarcerated in a bowl and enduring the loud cries of “courageous “players.
Freedom of speech has its limits when it comes to exploiting conscious living beings. Shows like these promoting the exploitation and torture of sentient creatures have no place in a civilized country.
We have a message for the broadcasting team, the “courageous players” who have taken or will take part in, and all who attend and support the “Black Out”: It is your right to believe that we are “graphic animal lovers”, but you should however be aware that ACCORDING TO THE LAW, this game is illegal. The law for animals passed by the Plenum of the House on January 31, 2012 is clear:
Article 12 – Ban of use of every kind of animal in any kind of entertainment and other similar businesses:
1. It is forbidden to maintain any kind of animals in circuses or theaters with a variety program, given that the animals are used in any way and for any purpose in their program, performing, parading, or appearing in front of an audience.
2. It is forbidden to maintain any animal in entertainment shows, amusement parks, in motor racing circuits, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, or other artistic or recreational festivals, given that the animals are used in any way and for any purpose in their program.
Also, when it comes to the Article 16 (Article 16-Animal Abuse) of the same law, it is clearly stated that:
a. Subject to specific cases provided of existing EU and national legislation, and the provision of third sentence of paragraph 4 of Article 9, prohibits the torture, abuse, bad and cruel treatment of any kind of animal, and any act of violence against them especially as poisoning, hanging, drowning, burning, crushing and amputation. The sterilization of the animal and any veterinary practice for therapeutic purposes is not considered amputation.
b. Is prohibited, except in cases of films and audiovisual material for educational purposes,the sale, marketing and presentation-trafficking through the Internet any audiovisual material such as video or other type of film or photographic material, which shows any act of violence against animals, and sexual intercourse between animals or between animals and humans for profit or sexual gratification of people who attend or participate in them. In this prohibition is also included the case of fighting between animals.
c. In case of injury of a pet animal in a car accident, the perpetrator of this act shall immediately notify the appropriate municipality in order to give the injured animal the necessary veterinary care.
Your site displays the brutal treatment of animals appearing in the game for profit, and therefore, under the second paragraph of Article 16 and in conjunction with Article 12 of this Act, this is illegal.
Finally, trampling living beings refers to the phenomena of crush. According to the first paragraph of this Article, crushing animals (crush) is a form of abuse and is punishable severely. The law does not refer to crushing insects or fish, but all of you who applaud the “Black Out”, should consider yourselves as instigators, supporting the heinous, crush phenomena occurring in our country.
We call on all the coefficients of the TV station ANT1 for the IMMEDIATE cessation of transmission of the remaining episodes this season. We also demand that any production of new episodes for next season will be canceled.
A similar letter will be sent to the Appeals Prosecutor of Athens.
Event Leader for STOPCRUSH.ORG: Gianna Katirtzoglou, Head of the Greece Chapter of STOPCRUSH.ORG
Translation by member:
Louise du Toit
The Team at