The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals aren't monkeying around.
In response to new NBC comedy Animal Practice, which prominently features a female capuchin monkey as part of its cast, the well-known animal rights group is planning a protest on Wednesday in front of NBC Studios in Hollywood.
PETA has asked that participants in the protest dress in black and announced that they will be providing monkey masks for everyone to wear, although as of this writing, only thirty people have confirmed that they will be attending via the Facebook page that has been set up.
According to PETA, "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."
Centered around top veterinarian Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk) and his impressive list of famous animal patients, Animal Practice is set in a bustling New York City vet clinic where it often seems as if the inmates are running the asylum. The show already earned outrage this summer when NBC decided to cut into the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics to air a special preview of its series premiere.
Do you think this is all monkey business, or does PETA have a point?