Fox's hit series Bones to create episode about issue of exotic animals as pets

FOX’s popular forensic anthropologist/FBI thriller “Bones” starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz is planning an episode about the issues behind keeping exotic animals as pets in Season 8, Vegetarian Star reports.

Stephen Nathan, executive producer of the hit series, revealed to TVLine his plans to craft an episode around the topic. “It’s a story about smuggling endangered species into the states as pets. In fact, what is horrifying is that there are more tigers as pets in Texas than there are in the wild. So we’re doing a story about animal smuggling that takes place in one of those pet expos.”

Deschanel, who plays “Bones” aka Brennan on the show, will surely take kindly to this episode as she is a huge animal advocate and vegan. She has stuck to her guns when it comes to not eating meat and protecting animals. In April, she was even honored for her farm animal advocacy by Mercy for Animals.

“Bones” previously did an episode about chicken farming, which really affected the fans and made Deschanel happy, “When someone tells me they stopped eating chicken because of the ‘Bones’ factory farming episode we did last year, I consider that a small victory.”

No word on when the episode will air, but be sure to tune in and watch the Season 8 premiere on September 17 at 8 p.m. EST.

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  • Vincent Pizzo

    fucking great, I bet your going to make exotic owners look like drug lords or some shit … Thx guys!

  • Kyle J. Bagshaw

    As a keeper of a decent sized collection of ball pythons and boa constrictors and a fan of Bones, I really hope they don’t demonize the exotic animals trade. For every reckless, negligent, or otherwise “bad” exotics owner out there that makes headlines and gets people all worked up and afraid of exotics, there are a thousand good, responsible, caring owners who then have to bear the brunt of media-fueled fear mongering and over-zealous, politically driven legislation designed to blanket-ban the animals we love.

  • Brittany Donaldson

    This will not end well, did you also know that most exotics keepers are responsible and have captive bred animals, most those tigers in TX are not pure they are crosses between different species, the issue with animals in the wild is poachers, which should be the real focus!

  • Hanna Schmidt

    I love bones, but for the love of god I hope you know make us look like lunatics, almost all of the tigers that are in captivity are captive bred, and it’s only dangerous if you let it be dangerous, you only hear about people who get killed by animals, not the millions of people who keep them successfully without a problem.