New NBC Series Draws Protest

Sep 19, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. PETA need not worry. That show won’t make it through December.

  2. Yes, the same group that has killed 1,911 cats & dogs at their facility in Virginia (Only 24 pets were adopted)last year according to records from the Virginia Dpt. of Agriculture. Yep, they care about animals!

  3. Actually I thought Animal Practice was not long for the world wither, but it has kind of a ‘Scrubs’ vibe to it, so it may indeed last at least the season.

  4. Meanwhile, humans are starving all around the planet. I don’t condone animal mistreatment but I feel PETA have their priorities a bit askew.

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