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Fans, The National Geographic Channel has carefully considered the public discussion of our series on surviving the wilds of Alaska currently in production and premiering sometime next year. Upon further reflection we plan to eliminate one of the survivalists from the ensemble cast, Melissa Bachman. Hunting is not the focus of the show, and we regret the misinformation that has clouded what we hope will be an exciting adventure series set in the incredible Alaskan landscape.
What could drive Nat Geo to make an announcement about a single member of an ensemble cast of a TV show that hasn’t even aired? It’s easy: A movement has begun on the web to attack and defame Melissa Bachman and hunters everywhere.
At the core of the opposition to Bachman—a lifelong hunter who has found great success in recent years as a outdoor TV producer, writer, personality and advocate for women in the field—was a petition started on Change.org. The site, which lets anyone post and promote a petition for change, has been a haven for anti-hunting groups in the past. This time, though, the petition was to, “Stop the Melissa Bachman show from broadcasting!” Conservationist Tim Martell, 42, started the call to remove Bachman Thursday and wrote a note attached to the petition that read in part:
Melissa is a heartless trophy hunter who has killed hundreds of animals without purpose. National Geographic should distance themselves from her.
Please sign this petition today and let National Geographic know that we do not support trophy killing. We will not watch the Nat Geo channel until they agree not to condone or support trophy killing by doing business with wildlife killer Melissa Bachman.
Nearly 14,000 people signed this petition.