PETA Goes Bananas Over “Dancing With The Stars” Chimp
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On Monday’s installment of Dancing With The Stars, Tom Bergeron said a chimpanzee would appear on Tuesday’s live results show as a mock “guest judge” alongside regulars Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman in the segment where various people tried to predict the winner. The chimp was edited out after the animal rights organization rattled ABC’s cage and contacted producers.
According to PETA “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 officials in an e-mail message, according to a report in Variety: “I do appreciate your point that showing a chimpanzee on our show may indirectly lead to other chimpanzees being ill-treated in the future.”