Stop NBC from Exploiting Wild Animals

Target: NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Burke

Goal: Prevent NBC from airing show which exploits wild animals for entertainment

The upcoming NBC series, Animal Practice, features a number of wild animals who live fearful and cruel lives as forced performers. Capuchin monkeys, like the show’s main character, Crystal, are taken from their mothers and natural habitat to be trained for cheap laughs until they are discarded to roadside zoos and other inhumane environments. Please sign this petition to urge NBC to pull the television show and prevent further harm to wild animals.

Animal actors are torn from their mothers as infants and subjected to abusive training methods, small and filthy cages, and deprived of their natural habitat. Social animals, such as elephants, wolves, and primates like Crystal, are often forced to live alone, causing them severe psychological stress and anxiety. Capuchin monkey expert, Dr. Eduardo Ottoni states, “In the case of monkeys like Crystal, who lead complex social lives in nature, raising them in captivity means to condemn them to a life of utter loneliness. And since we do not usually understand their communicative behaviors properly, fear, submission, or avoidance displays can easily be mistaken for ‘smiles.’”

Unfortunately, the viewing public believes performance animals are so tame, they choose to buy and keep some species as pets. According to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, primate sanctuaries are “gearing up” for the influx of discarded monkeys that will inevitably result from Crystal’s appearance on the show. After the television show Friends featured a monkey for a number of episodes, sanctuaries were flooded with “pet” monkeys after misguided owners realized they were not fit to meet the complex needs of wild animals.

Please sign this petition and prevent Crystal and other wild animals from being forced to perform in an industry they were not made for, nor did they ask to be a part. Animals are to be appreciated in their wild habitats, not used for cheap laughs in a ratings game for “Must See T.V.”

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Burke,

The upcoming show on NBC, Animal Practice, features a cast of wild animals that have undoubtedly lived hard and stressful lives away from their natural habitats. Most performance animals are forced into the biz as infants, using abusive training techniques in environments that do not meet basic instinctual needs. As the network’s Chief Executive Officer it’s necessary for you to stand against the airing of this show in order to protect, rather than exploit animals that have been forced into performance entertainment.

The show’s main character, Crystal, is a capuchin monkey who has been forced into the solitary life of performing for people. Capuchin expert, Dr. Eduardo Ottoni states, “In the case of monkeys like Crystal, who lead complex social lives in nature, raising them in captivity means to condemn them to a life of utter loneliness. And since we do not usually understand their communicative behaviors properly, fear, submission, or avoidance displays can easily be mistaken for ‘smiles.’” The “smile” that many humans interpret as the animal feeling positive, is actually an expression that indicates fear and stress in capuchin monkeys.

Humans are reportedly so fooled by the animals acting job they choose to buy these wild animals as house pets. After the television show Friends featured a capuchin monkey, many viewers bought the monkeys as “pets,” realized they could not live up to their unique and complex needs, and sanctuaries became overwhelmed with stressed, scared, and damaged primates. According to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, primate sanctuaries are “gearing up” for an influx of discarded monkeys that will inevitably result from Crystal’s appearance on television.

Please do not air the series Animal Practice, and prevent further abuse and damage to defenseless animals. By not showing the program, you and NBC will send the message that entertainment animals should not be used or further trained, as they are not welcome at your network.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. This just encourages the illegal exotic animal trade. shameful!!

  2. My family and friends will no longer watch anything on NBC until this hideous, exploitive program is cancelled.

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