Radical animal rights activist group PETA is attempting to “rescue” animals that appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They filed a complaint with the New York Department of Health in hopes there will be an investigation into a violation of city permits.
Grant Kemmerer of Wild World of Animals has a contract with NBC which allowed the organization to bring animals like a miniature horse, an African bullfrog, and a python to the show. The complaint is centered around the fact that Jimmy Fallon or some of the other guests have petted the animals while they are being presented. PETA insists that this is not part of the permit, and the forbidden touching is causing the animals to “suffer.”.
Breitbart reported on the complaint here:
“Animals suffer every time they’re exposed to the chaos of a television set and passed around like props,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange told Page Six. “PETA is calling on authorities to throw the book at this hack for brazenly violating — on camera — the clear conditions of his exhibitor permits.”
As expected, Twitter tried to help PETA by guiding them towards other shows that actually do appear to mistreat animals.
Hi @peta I'm not sure if you're familiar with the show Big Brother, but I think you'd be very interested to know that they continuously use live animals as part of their competitions. For example, a group of garbage people wrestled live sheep on tonight's episode. Thanks! #BB21
— Rob (@RealityRobbed) August 1, 2019
Robert Irwin is another expert that brings animals onto The Tonight Show which interact with guests as he spreads information on his educational programs and non-profit organization Wildlife Warriors. This is a late-night show tradition that dates back to before Johnny Carson, and NBC has responded that they do care about the well-being of the animals and do everything possible to protect them during their visit.
Is PETA overreacting by claiming the animals are “suffering” when petted by guests?