PETA Takes Credit for Cancellation of “Animal Practice”
“Animal Practice” wasn’t the best new show of the current season, so few are mourning the news that NBC has pulled the comedy about a veterinarian from its schedule. One organization that has protested the show is thrilled—and claiming victory!
Animal rights group PETA issued a statement today exulting over the early cancellation.
“PETA’s staff are celebrating today in response to news that NBC’s Animal Practice has been canceled. The cancellation of ‘Animal Practice’ sends the strong message that using animals for cheap laughs on TV shows is archaic and uninteresting to today’s viewers, who are sophisticated enough to know that not only is putting a monkey in a lab coat not funny, it’s also cruel.”
The group claims that 40,000 of its members wrote to the network and the show’s advertisers protesting the use of trained animals. PETA also expressed concern that viewers might be encouraged to buy monkeys as pets after seeing the antics of the show’s adorable animal star Crystal.
While PETA can certainly take a bit of credit (or blame) for the show’s demise, ultimately, the reason we won’t be seeing more of “Animal Practice” is that it just wasn’t very funny.