PETA request keeps chimpanzee off Dancing with the Stars

On Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, Tom Bergeron said a chimpanzee would appear on Tuesday’s results show in the segment where various people tried to predict the winner, but the chimp was edited out after animal rights organizations contacted producers.

PETA says that “several organizations, including PETA, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, and International Primate Protection League, contacted the show’s executive producer, Conrad Green, to try to convince him not to air the segment” because “workers tear captive baby chimpanzees away from their mothers and beat them in order to force them to perform.”

Executive producer Conrad Green responded to PETA in an e.mail message, according to Variety, writing, “I do appreciate your point that showing a chimpanzee on our show may indirectly lead to other chimpanzees being ill-treated in the future.”

The segment aired without the chimp, but did include a toddler trying to pick a winner, because babies being forced to perform for our entertainment are perfectly fine.

Chimpanzee Eliminated From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [PETA]
‘Dancing’ nixes chimp segment [Variety]

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