Responding to complaints by the animal rights group PETA that chimpanzees used for entertainment productions are often separated from their mothers, then abused during the training process, the producers of ABC's Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday, removed scenes of a chimpanzee appearing as a guest judge. In a letter to the group, executive producer Conrad Green said that while the chimp had appeared happy and well treated during the shoot, "I do appreciate your point that showing a chimpanzee on our show may indirectly lead to other chimpanzees being ill-treated in the future. 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."

08/10/2009