PETA Calls Off Protest Against Fallon Following Reports That No Animals Will Appear on Show

For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2019

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – After hearing from PETA and following months of letters and mounting pressure from the organization and activists, a representative for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has confirmed that tomorrow’s episode with animal exhibitor Robert Irwin will not feature wild animals. As a result, the group has canceled its plans to protest the cruel segments at NBC’s studios on Thursday.

Here’s a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange:

When they’re not being dragged into the chaos and confusion of a television studio, wild animals used for TV appearances—who are often torn away from their mothers as babies—are kept in close confinement and deprived of opportunities for exercise, enrichment, and companionship. PETA is glad that Jimmy Fallon appears to have learned from his mistakes, and we hope his segments with harmful, wild-animal stunts will be a thing of the past.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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