I just received a response to my request for public records regarding correspondence between Animal Services and the producers of Animal Precinct from Linda Barth.
"Your request of January 7, 2008, regarding information related to correspondence between the Department's General Manager and producers of the Animal Planet television series has been received by the custodian of records. The Department believes that additional time, in excess of the 10 days called for under the Public Records Act, will be necessary to research, collect and review all of the records requested.
"The Department is therefore advising you that an additional 14 days to respond to your request is necessary."
Assistant General Manager
I guess Linda and Ed can’t find their emails with the Animal Planet's producers. Perhaps I can help.
Animal Planet has agreed to pay Granada Media from England for six shows that will follow the Animal Cruelty Task Force. The producer is Marie Thomas and her email address is email@example.com.
Sent to me:
"It's not enough to tell only Thomas about what the task force did to Ron Mason and how all his cats were killed for nothing. She will try to cover everything up because she has already sold six shows to the Animal Planet and she does not want the Discovery Channel to know the Task force and Boks are frauds. You have to tell Ron Mason’s story to the people at Discovery."
I guess the concept of offering help without arrest and conviction isn't sexy enough for a TV series.
I talked to Animal Planet President Marjorie Kaplan, who seemed genuinely stunned when I told her about the Mason bust. Of course, after the stun wore off, she couldn't wait to get rid of me.
Discovery Communications is the parent for Animal Planet and its shows, such as Animal Precinct. It is huge; it is the largest non-fiction communications-entertainment company in the world. Discovery has operations on four continents, each with its own headquarters.
Marie Thomas is most closely associated with the European headquarters at Discovery House, London - Tel: 44-208-811-3000
address and phone number is for all executives is for Discovery World Headquarters:
One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 240-662-2000.
The key people other than Thomas to contact and voice your opinion about LAAS and Boks are:
Marjorie Kaplan, President and GM of Animal Planet.
Be VERY nice to her. She is in charge of all contracts between Animal Planet and producers, such as Marie Thomas. She is THE key person and sounds sympathetic. Tell her that Boks hides lack of substance with spin and show, including her show.
The Discovery executives below are all located at the world headquarters in Maryland at 240.662.2000.
John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Zaslav, President and CEO: email@example.com
Clark Bunting, President of Discovery Studios. He is the immediate overseer of Animal Planet network. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully there will not be many more posts about the Mason case after a week or two. Maybe there will be an amicable settlement. Maybe in the future LAAS will provide actual help for people with too many animals and arrest those who genuinely abuse animals.
Imagine all the man/woman hours and days wasted to destroy Mason. Thirty plus people for a half to a full day, well over 200 hours. Did Al Capone have half this many people present when he was arrested?
If Boks/Boswell had used just 1/10th of that manpower over the months prior to the Mason raid helping him out as he requested, the problem would have been fixed.