PETA Wants To Seriously Investigate ‘The Tonight Show’
Don’t f*ck with PETA!
The animal rights group is asking the city to investigate The Tonight Show for improperly allowing stars to play with animals on the broadcast.
In a nutshell, PETA is pissed that NBC hired Grant Kemmerer of Wild World of Animals for numerous segments involving A-list celebrities touching animals, including having Kate Beckinsale poke an African bullfrog.
PETA’s letter to the New York City Health Department claims Grant didn’t have permission to let anyone other than himself and his employees touch the wildlife.
“[Jimmy] Fallon or Robert Irwin are not the public,” Grant told Page Six. “It was deemed even people in the audience are not looked at as the public — in the eyes of the USDA — because they’re paying for an entertainment show and expect this type of show. … You’re not going to pull out a random animal and hope it goes OK.”
“We are alleviating any potential risk, and for Jimmy Fallon, he’s not going into this unknowing,” he added. “He is a participating person in this. They’re having Robert on there to bring the animals.”
“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 said in a statement to 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.”
PETA is asking that Grant be banned from obtaining future permits.