I think it's worth being outraged that animals are being mishandled and criminally treated in the production of faked "reality". There's probably a depressing number of people who watch this shit, think it bears some (albeit produced) relationship to "reality", and think they know things about animals as a result. Animals they might then encounter in their lives. That's not just not-education, it's anti-education- the article describes Animal Planet's descent into craptainment, with all the Mermaids: Actually Real?! bullshit, but pulling real animals into that kind of delusional craptainment is ethically gross. Plus, criminal mishandling of animals? Even the ones you're legally allowed to kill if you find them in your house are generally protected by law from being tortured for your entertainment.