PETA Takes Victory Lap After 'Animal Practice' Cancellation

Categories: Broadcast TV

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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.


  • LJ

    I’m all for humane treatment of animals, but PETA just makes me want to punch a dolphin.

  • PJM

    Until every character on TV is a vegan cloth-wearing hippie, Peta will act like TV is the evil empire. And let’s not even start on how many animals are killed at Peta shelters each year.

  • 728huey

    I’m just waiting for the next low rated cancelled drama to appear on NBC. It will be a period piece about a brothel in the middle of the Northern woods called The Bears’ Den, which will be about rich society types who like to go hunting in the woods to shoot deer and furry animals, and then spend their nights in erotic pleasure at said ranch. Then will both PETA and the PTC take credit for its failure?

  • Andrew

    I once heard someone say that PETA must be an elaborate front for the meat and fur industry because no real advocacy group could possibly be this obtuse and moronic. I used to laugh it off. Now, I’m not so sure.

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