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Wild Animals Suffer for
Show's Cheap Laughs, Says Group
For Immediate Release:September 19, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
New York -- Dressed all in black, wearing monkey
masks, and holding signs that read, "NBC: Animal Mal-Practice" and
"I Don't Want to Be in Your Damn TV Show," PETA members will gather outside NBC's New York headquarters on Thursday to
call attention to
the cruelty inherent in Animal Practice's use of wild-animal
"actors" such as Crystal, the capuchin monkey who stars in the
series. The action comes day after a similar protest in Los Angeles, which
included primate experts who have condemned NBC's new series.
When: Thursday, September 20, 12 noon
Where: NBC, 30 Rockefeller Plz., New York
sitcoms featuring monkeys, such as NBC's Friends, caused a flood of
discarded "pet" monkeys at primate sanctuaries across the country,
when misguided owners realized that they were unable to meet these complex
animals' specialized needs. Life in the entertainment industry leaves monkeys
"The cheap laughs that Animal Practice gets from putting a monkey
in a lab coat come at a heavy cost for animals who spend their lives deprived
of everything that is natural and important to them," says PETA Senior
Vice President Lisa Lange. "Animal Practice's brand of 'comedy' is
as cruel as it is creatively bankrupt."
that Crystal exhibits on the show is actually an expression that indicates fear
and stress in capuchin monkeys. Capuchin expert Dr. Eduardo Ottoni states,
"[S]ince we do not usually understand their communicative behaviors
properly, fear, submission, or avoidance displays can easily be mistaken for
For more information,
please visit PETA.org.
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