The cheap laughs that NBC’s Animal Practice gets from putting a monkey in a lab coat
come at a heavy cost for animals, especially for the show’s star, a capuchin
monkey named Crystal. Monkeys like
Crystal who are used for entertainment are taken away from their mothers
shortly after birth—a practice that is deeply cruel to both the baby and the
mother and that denies the infants the maternal care and nurturing that they
need.

Animals who are
thrust into the spotlight of Hollywood are deprived of everything that is
natural and important to them throughout their lives. In fact, many of the telltale
signs of animal distress and anxiety can be seen throughout NBC’s show. For
example, the “smile” that Crystal exhibits
on the program is actually an expression that typically indicates fear or aggression
in capuchin monkeys. Capuchin expert Dr. Eduardo Ottoni states, “[S]ince
we do not usually understand their communicative behaviors properly, fear,
submission, or avoidance displays can easily be mistaken for ‘smiles.'”

Experts
also warn that featuring animal actors often leads to a dangerous trend of
misguided enthusiasts purchasing, and later discarding, the featured animals.
Such was the case for dogs after the release of 101 Dalmatians and Beverly
Hills Chihuahua
, owls after the first Harry
Potter
movie, and even capuchin monkeys after Crystal was featured in The Hangover Part II.

To help us shed light on the cruelty
inherent in forcing wild animals to perform for TV shows and movies, the ad
firm YR New York created a series of ads poking fun at those in “the
industry” who think it’s funny to put a monkey in a lab coat or a dress. In the ads, a clueless agent, Devon Dentler, and his eager-to-please assistant
attempt to persuade various wild animals to work in Hollywood. Watch them now:

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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