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Stop Fox from airing show where rats are put in microwave January 25, 2008 4:33 AM

Crosspost: show is tentatively called "Unhitched
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Hi All,
Last night Barbara Henderson saw a promo for a new TV show on the Fox
Channel called "Unhitched." They showed a scene where 2 boys put a
rat into a microwave oven and turn it on. Then it shows their faces
as they supposedly watch the rat being cooked. At they end, one of
them says, "That was the longest 9 minutes of my life," and the other
one says something like, "It looked like he was enjoying it for the
first few minutes."

Obviously we want to prevent this show from airing. I'm going to be
contacting as many organizations as I can, such as HSUS, American
Humane, etc. for their help, as well as newspapers, and even the
FCC. I'm going to contact the Associated Press and tell them we are
going to raise a big stink over this.

I need your help. First, log on to http://www.fox. com/links/ and
click to find your local Fox station, then call them on the phone and
complain about this promo. You can also email Fox at askfox@fox.com
Please use polite language, but you can say things like "We're afraid
this will encourage children to put small pets in the micowave"
and "We are not going to sit by and let this air" and "A scene like
this is totally unacceptable. "

Please email me personally to let me know if you have any other
ideas.
Thanks.
Debbie "The Rat Lady"

UPDATE:

I just finished talking with the CEO of our local Fox station, and he
gave me a phone number for the Fox Viewer Comment line which connects
with an answering machine. He says they take calls to this number
seriously. It is not listed on their website. I think people can only
get it if they call their local station to complain about something.
The number is 310-369-3066. I have already left a message there. I
told them I have the support of hundreds of other rat owners, so I'm
sure it would make a big impression if you all call and leave a
message.

Remember, please use polite language, no swearing. Tell them the
scene
is reprehensible, irresponsible, etc.
Thanks.

Debbie "The Rat Lady"

UPDATE:

I wanted to give you an update about what I have done and found out
so far today. I just got a call back from Fox saying they got my
phone call complaining about the promo and are passing my complaint
on up the chain to the powers that be. So it is true that they do
monitor their Viewer Comments phone line quite closely, as I only
called about 2 hours ago.

The new show, which is tentatively called "Unhitched", not "Unhinged"
as I reported earlier, isn't scheduled to run until March 23. The
contact who called me said that because of the writers strike that is
a tentative date. So it's good that the show is not scheduled to
start right away, but we sure don't want even the promo to be aired
any more.

I have also talked with the woman at American Humane who is their
contact with the TV industry, and she is working on it from her end,
but she said that public response is very very important, so please
be sure to call the Fox Viewer Comment line at 310-369-3066 and leave
a polite message.

Please also post these messages to as many other groups as you can,
and let all your friends know. The more calls they get, the more
seriously they will take us.

Thanks all,
Debbie "The Rat Lady"

P.S. In case you missed it, the promo shows a scene where 2 boys put
a rat into a microwave oven and turn it on. Then it shows their
faces as they supposedly watch the rat being cooked. At they end,
one of them says, "That was the longest 9 minutes of my life," and
the other one says something like, "It looked like he was enjoying it
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Fox will NOT air rat in a micro February 06, 2008 8:00 AM

This just came on my other list, we have had an impact.

Theresa

 Great work everyone, we won! I talked with Kathy
> Bauch, the Director
> of Corporate Relations and Promotions at the Humane
> Society of the
> United States today, and she verified that Fox will
> not be showing the
> horrible microwave scene on TV ever again. She
> negotiated with them to
> bring about this outcome, but I believe the wave of
> public response
> against it, led by yours truly and all you great Rat
> Fans, helped
> convince Fox not to show it.
>
> Thank you for all your support!
> Debbie "The Rat Lady"

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