New NBC Series Draws Protest EW

One of NBC’s new comedy series is coming under fire from an activist group, Entertainment Weekly reports. The new sitcom is “Animal Practice,” which has ruffled the feathers of PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The group is concerned about the treatment of the animal actors on the show. The sitcom focuses on a veterinarian, and prominently features monkeys.

PETA wrote on its website: “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.”

The group scheduled a protest for today in front of the network’s Hollywood studios.

In its online organizing for the event, through Facebook, the group asked protesters to wear black and said “monkey masks” would be provided, the story notes.

A request for a comment from the show had not been answered, the report notes.