"Voyeuristic" David Attenborough should be banned from university campuses
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David Attenborough should be “no platformed” by UK universities due to his “exploitation of animals purely in the pursuit of his own voyeuristic gains”, according to a student pressure group. In secret documents leaked to The National Student, the Animal Rights Sympathy Exchange (A.R.S.E) claims that Attenborough ‘s wildlife documentaries “are damaging in their very nature through exploitation of their subject matter” and that the veteran broadcaster has shown “blatant disregard for issues of consent with regards to the animals he has spied on throughout his 60+ year career.” In a memo to the group’s committee, A.R.S.E Lead Campaigner Felicity Harpington-Wong writes, “Although he has come to be regarded in some circles as a “national treasure”, we are staging a motion to have this term struck from every university-affiliated mention of David Attenborough from the past five years. “David Attenborough has continually exploited the animals that he bases his voyeuristic so-called “documentaries” on, filming them without their knowledge in a clandestine manner, with no regard to issues of consent or the emotional welfare of the animals themselves. “It is for this reason that we are also calling for him to be no-platformed by all universities who consider themselves to be ethically pliant when it comes to the very real issues of animal exploitation and disrespect in the 21st Century.” Harpington-Wong is a 29-year-old abattoir worker turned campaign manager, who has held various positions in student unions throughout the country.
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