A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show is about animal forensics, it also openly advocates for animal rights. It sometimes uses sensational material to achieve that goal.
Violence & Scariness
Includes images of dead and/or mutilated animals. Some episodes show violent reenactments and video footage of bloody dog fights and other events. Also includes discussions about animal cruelty (beating, drowning, electrocuting, shooting) and conversations about violent criminal behavior (assault, murder). Some news footage shows angry PETA protestors.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some episodes include references to illegal drug activity, including using and selling marijuana and forcing animals to consume illegal narcotics.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some episodes of this series -- which demonstrates how animal forensics is used to solve criminal cases -- include disturbing pictures, reenactments, and descriptions of violent animal behavior and animal cruelty. Criminal behavior committed against humans is also discussed. Some of the crimes investigated are linked to drug use. Older viewers interested in forensic science may find the series interesting, but sensitive animal lovers may find some of the content overwhelming.
Is It Any Good?
Animal Witness offers some interesting details about how animal forensics plays into investigating crimes ranging from animal poaching and smuggling to capital murder. But it takes a rather sensational approach to telling these stories, using sometimes-violent visual reenactments and disturbing pictures of animal cruelty. Some of the interviews -- especially those with animal rights activists from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) -- also describe some of the horrible ways that animals are abused and killed.
The series' graphic nature is intended to demonstrate the importance of protecting animals. And it may inspire some people to get more involved in animal rights efforts. But some of it is so overwhelming that it can be a turn-off for sensitive viewers. It's not for kids, but teens and adults interested in animal forensics who can handle this kind of content as it relates to science and/or criminology may find it interesting.
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