Friday, October 09, 2009

PETA Persuades 'Dancing With the Stars' To Cancel Chimpanzee Act

An announcement on Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars" revealed that a chimpanzee would be among the guest judges on the following night's program.

But you may have noticed that there was no chimp on the show Tuesday night. Instead, a toddler was a guest judge.

Here's how it went down: The announcement prompted PETA to ask "DWTS" executive producer Conrad Green on Tuesday to cancel the chimp appearance.

PETA cited concerns about how great apes are separated from their mothers, beaten and shocked in training, and discarded once they become too large to handle safely.

PETA also sent Green this short video, narrated by Anjelica Huston, which illustrates the many problems associated with using great apes on TV and in film.

Green e-mailed PETA to say that he would re-cut Tuesday night's segment and remove the chimpanzee and he vowed that he will never again use chimpanzees in his productions.

"If I had been aware of the information you outlined below I wouldn’t have proceeded with the shoot in the first place, so I’ve decided on balance to re-cut the package we use in tonight’s show to remove any footage of the chimpanzee" Conrad wrote. "While I can’t undo the fact that we did shoot with a chimpanzee I will be sure we don’t do this again in the future."

Green aired the segment sans chimp -– having replaced the chimp with a toddler.

Full story here.

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