PETA Protests NBC's 'Animal Practice,' Is Our Cancellation Bear Their Next Target?

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September 19th, 2012

PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) is protesting the use of animals in NBC's rookie sitcom Animal Practice. Given the track record for new NBC sitcoms, and the fact that our polled readers expect it to be among the first shows canceled for the 2012-13 season, they won't need to protest very long.

Far more ominous for us is their overall objection to the use of animals in entertainment at all:

There is nothing glamorous about showbiz for primates, big cats, bears, and other animals who are used in television, film, or advertising; exploited as sports mascots; or used as props in novelty displays. Torn away from their mothers as infants, these animals are subjected to abusive training methods and forced to spend most of their lives in small, filthy cages, deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. [...]

We beg to differ.

Our cancellation bear is quite glamorous, not to mention well known in the TV industry, and he insists that he's involved in no exploitation at all. He was born right here at TV by the Numbers, and never subjected to abusive training methods. Far from being kept in a small, filthy cage, he is free to roam the infinite realms of the Internet, running down his canceled TV show victims.

So, hands off the cancellation bear PETA!


  • a p garcia

    There are so many god awful programs that AP may last until Jan. and I don’t think AP is the worst.

  • Tyson

    Long live Cancellation Bear. His prey will not live long.

  • Samunto

    Am i the only who thinks that Animal Practice will not be cancelled but will actually be a hit? It’ll do well. Looooved the pilot!

  • Lisa

    Thanks to PETA, I now want Animal Practice to be a big hit.

  • Temis

    This season is so horrible, PETA will object to Cancellation Bear getting a stomach ache from eating too much.

  • Scott Johnson

    Normally hate PETA but they are right on this one.

  • AnneM

    @Scott, I agree. I’m not a fan of PETA’s radical methods, but wild animals belong in the wild, not performing on command for TV cameras.

  • JohnM

    You’re right

    Wild animals belong in the wild where hunters who don’t care much about PETA (since PETA is not relevant outside the United States) can kill them as much as they want.

  • capslocke

    And of course when Animal Practice bombs and is cancelled PETA will take credit, much like the PTC did with The Playboy Club and Skins.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Bill: Your real problem is that they’re sending Maggie Q – a big animal rights promoter – over to kick your ass…

  • Richard Steven Hack

    BTW, my favorite line about PETA is:

    There’s a place on this earth for all God’s creatures. And it’s right next to the mashed potatoes… :-)

  • Ultima

    Richard Steven Hack
    There’s a place on this earth for all God’s creatures. And it’s right next to the mashed potatoes…


    From How I Met Your Mother…

    Ted: “The lamb here is supposed to be great.”

    Stella’s sister: “Oh. I am a vegan. I wish I could tune out that moral voice inside me that says ‘eating animals is murder!’, but I guess that I’m just not as strong as you are.”

    Ted: “That’s because you need protein.” (to waiter) “I’ll have the lamb.” (smiles)

  • Joseph A

    The made a mistake with Animal Practice , THIS WAS NOT MEANT FOR PRIME TIME <

  • Justin

    I thought Animal Practice would get cancelled… Cause It just looks dumb.

  • Justin

    @Joseph A

    I’m thinking more like Animal Planet but that’s me.

  • Alex

    If these guys had their way we wouldn’t be allowed to keep pets. Animal Practice may not be a very good show but it’s a fact that shows featuring animals – Lassie, for example – inspire people to take better care of animals and perhaps even become vets, etc. In some parts of the world, monkeys like Crystal are eaten the way we eat Big Macs. PETA continues to aim at easy prey like Hollywood when they should put their money where their mouth is and go after places where animals truly are in danger. Why don’t we hear from PETA when animals are reported to have been hunted to extinction?

  • Bill Gorman

    “If these guys had their way we wouldn’t be allowed to keep pets.”

    In PETA-think, humans are the only species that enslaves other species and steals their milk, if these guys had their way, we wouldn’t be able to drink milk.

  • LJ

    Well, PETA trolled Nintendo for the Tanuki Mario, so reality has never really factored into their thinking.

  • Hugh

    All I know is whenever there is a dog in a movie it makes it much more funny and enjoyable. I could watch dogs all day.

  • DTravel

    If the current version of PETA had its way, humans would be extinct. As an organization it LONG since lost both its way and its sanity.

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