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!


  • Ram510

    Hah how am I just now seeing this thread, I said earlier today I thought that it would be Animal Practice, not Guys With Kids, to be the first cancellation of the season or at least the first of the NBC comedies cause Mob Doctor may be the first to go. Remember how quick Fox was to cancel Lone Star…

  • psychic

    PETA are nuts.

  • Brandon Rowe

    Can the cancellation bear please eat PETA like it did so many last year? Thanks! It will make for a lovely dinner.

  • cra

    PETA really should worry about pupply mills and factory farmsand stop worryng about a monkey in a lab coat. The monkey is probably very happy and well compensated for its work. Afterall he is an artist not just some simian in a tree throwing scat at his foes.

  • Riff Rafferty

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

    Yeah, you’re right. NBC should just take Crystal and throw her into the middle of the African jungle so a lion can rip her to pieces. Much more humane.

    Seriously, that goddamned monkey makes more in a week than I do. Cry me a river. As for the show, I thought it was garbage (and I’m saying this as a guy who likes animals better than people), but it can live and die by Nielsen’s hand, same as everything else. If the animal actors aren’t all dropping deader than horses on HBO, then I even don’t know what the problem is. And I really don’t know on which planet PETA thinks they have any credibility whatsoever, after their employees got caught doing you know what, but it sure as hell ain’t earth.

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