PETA Takes Victory Lap After 'Animal Practice' Cancellation

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October 18th, 2012

PETA wasted little time celebrating the demise of NBC's Animal Practice, in a statement on its web site PETA WROTE:


Animal advocates, it's time to break out the bubbly. After pressure from PETA and tens of thousands of our members and supporters, NBC has pulled the plug on its cruel show, Animal Practice. Here's the celebration in progress at PETA's Bob Barker Building in L.A.:

The only thing funny about this "sitcom" was its laughable ratings. By not tuning in, viewers told NBC that they weren't interested in watching animals dressed up and made to perform cheap tricks—animals who had been torn away from their mothers as babies and subjected to cruel training methods and unnatural living conditions.

Even before the first episode aired, PETA showed NBC that if the network wanted to broadcast cruelty, it was going to have a rocky road ahead of it. We wrote to NBC and the show's producers and explained how wild animals suffer in the entertainment industry. We kept the heat on by asking advertisers to pull their support, organizing demonstrations, sending an urgent action alert to our members and supporters, and enlisting primate experts to speak out about how the portrayal of monkeys as "pets" leads irresponsible people to acquire them on a whim. And it worked.

NBC will air the three remaining episodes of Animal Practice that have already been filmed. Then viewers can rest assured that cruelty to animals won't be part of the Wednesday night TV lineup.


  • Dan

    Then viewers can be rest assured that animal cruelty won’t be part of the Wednesday night lineup. Well Whitney.and Guys With Kids are now part of the lineup so we are subject to human cruelty

  • TVDude

    Yep, you did it PETA, congrats. You’re not the most useless and unAmerican organizations out there, but you’re still on the list. I’m pretty sure if your organization were a TV show, it would also get canceled do to low viewership. It’s about as uninteresting as they come.

    I’m all for having healthy pets, but the PETA is so extreme it’s embarrassing. It’s sad, because they’re always so serious and I think they’re trying to be funny.

  • Jiji Moran

    The monkey was really not necessary, since he was shown for less than two minutes per episode, but it was fun to see him on cam.

    I saw NO animal abuse, and all animals seemed to be well-taken care of. Being there for filming must be no more stressful than visiting the vet’s office. It also keeps the pets busy, and helps them earn their keep. Pets are expensive these days.

    I liked this show and would’ve loved to see it renewed. It did need some twiking in regards of characters, but the jokes were funny and the format was unique… not the usual “sex-is-funny” humor in all other comedies (except for a few exceptions)on TV these days.

  • paul

    I agree peta for real sounds like a stupid name and i did not watch show just cuz i knew it would not make it. I know what shows will not make it ( you just have that feeling) so you dont waste time.. or you get screwed by the best shows with so good ratings, because we are to old.

  • TV Gord

    I’m a vegan, but I would love to see NBC bring AP back just to slap those militant bitches down!!!

  • richard

    @ kyle7 it seems that if the show was highly rated, they would have found a way around the horse deaths

  • Ray

    What PETA won’t tell you is that the show got a 33.4 share in the 2-29 Animals demographic.

  • iggy

    Will they move on to Suburgatory and its pet kangaroo?

    I’m sure they’re against all exotic animals as actors, but I’ve never seen it do anything except stand around.

  • were123

    PETA just made me roll my eyes when I saw that thing about Pokemon, I mean, come on, it’s a video game! They can’t be any more stupid! I never watched Animal Practice, so I don’t care, but the show was cancelled because nobody watched it, not because their strategies worked

  • Flame

    PETA is just a useless PITA.

    But we need a new Fan Excuse Bingo square: PETA boycotted the show.

  • MJDB

    The nerve they had for throwing paint on fur coats, and now this. I hate all these councils: peta, ptc (they’re going to make Seth MacFarlene lose his mind one of these days). They all don’t open their eyes, and see that no one gives a f–k. And also we should be raiding their fridges, there’s proabably burgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken, turkey, lamb, ham, and all of the other meats I didn’t name.

  • Jack

    Peta is a group of morons. They are self ritcheous. There is not a bigger animal lover than myself and I absolutely cannot stand this group of people. I liked animal practice. I especially liked the monkey. Everyone has a right to their opinion about television shows and this is why it was canceled. If I ever have an opportunity to eat a bucket of KFC at a peta rally, I shall do so with gusto.

  • psychic

    Peta are nuts. They’d protest anything that portrays animals as anything less than “equal” to humans, including Pokemon for pete’s sake. It’s crazy.

  • Miranda Rex

    PETA is just a bunch of idiots and I bet they had that press release written months in advance.

  • mort

    peta has nothing to cheer about. the show just plain sucked.

  • a p garcia

    Sure am going to miss “The Monkey”. Hope he picks up another TV-GiG.

  • SpyTV

    I never realized PETA was against this show. How was it in any way cruel to animals? The monkey looked like he/she was having a good time. Does PETA want Community canceled too? (same monkey—so he does have at least a part time gig).

  • Lisa

    The monkey was the only decent excuse for watching the show, which was otherwise horrid. Someone hire her for another series!

  • Riff Rafferty

    Well, natch. What else did you expect PITA to do? I’m surprised they’re not taking credit for trying to get the “Hangover” series and “2 Broke Girls” cancelled too. Oh, wait. That never happened so they can’t do that.

    Note to those bleeding-heart twatwaffles: I’m sure Crystal is never going to want for work. In fact, I hear within hours of the cancellation, she got another job at FOX. She’s their new switchboard operator.

  • Jiji Moran

    Many TV shows have a cat or a dog on as regular, some a bird or other animal… how ’bout the cow in “Fringe”?

    Some of these animals are treated like royalty, so what is the big deal?

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