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New York Post reports on our "Nurse Precious" campaign

December 18, 2003 -- Today the New York Post ran a brief item by Michael Starr about letter-writing campaigns by the Center and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protesting the use of an orangutan to play a private duty nurse on NBC's soap opera "Passions."

The piece, which carries the interesting headline "Nurses Curses 'Passions' Chimp," includes quotes from Truth executive director Sandy Summers, who notes that the show's use of a monkey to play a private duty nurse character reinforces "powerful stereotypes that contribute to the critical nursing shortage."

The article also reports that the use of the orangutan, apparently a four-year-old male named Bam Bam, has a sparked a PETA campaign and a related letter from renowned monkey expert Dr. Jane Goodall to NBC chief Jeff Zucker. PETA and Goodall want Bam Bam off the show because they believe that animals used in such shows endure abusive treatment.

See Michael Starr's article "Nurses Curses 'Passions' Chimp" in the New York Post.

See our Passions campaign page.

Please join our campaign!

We are sending letters about the "nurse" monkey to:

Lisa de Cazotte
Executive Producer
4024 Radford Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
Tel.: 818-655-5454
Fax: 818-655-8375

Please fax (preferable) or call in your comments. If you do not have a fax, please email the Center a copy of your letter and ask us to fax it for you.

Please also send a copy of your letter to NBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Wright at Please also blind carbon copy the Center at so that we can monitor the effectiveness of this campaign.

See our executive director's letter to the creators of Nurse Precious on our bulletin board thread. Here you can also post a copy of your own letter to the Passions producers or see what others have written.

Please also send a copy of your letter to Passions' sponsors and encourage them to stop advertising on Passions:

Johnathan Coon
President and CEO
1-800-Contacts, Inc.
66 E. Wadsworth Park Dr., 3rd Fl.
Draper, UT 84020
801-924-9905 (fax)


Paul Toback
President, Chair and CEO
Bally Total Fitness Corp.
8700 West Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
773-693-2982 (fax)


Markus Hankammer, CEO
BRITA Products, Inc.
Heinrich-Hertz-Str. 4
65232 Taunusstein, Germany
+49-0-6128-746-355 (fax)


Douglas N. Daft
Chair and CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313
404-676-6792 (fax)


Thomas Kunz
President and CEO
The Dannon Company, Inc.
120 White Plains Rd.
Tarrytown, NY 10591-5536
914-366-2805 (fax)


Olza M. Nicely
President and CEO
5260 Western Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-986-2888 (fax)


Raymond V. Gilmartin
Chair, President and CEO
Merck & Co., Inc.
1 Merck Dr.
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889-0100
908-735-1253 (fax)


James E. Burke, Chair
Partnership For A Drug-Free America, Inc.
405 Lexington Ave., Ste. 1601
New York, NY 10174
212-922-1570 (fax)


Jack L. Stahl
President, Chair and CEO
Revlon, Inc.
625 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
212-527-4995 (fax)


Alan J. Lacy
Chair, President and CEO
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
3333 Beverly Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
847-286-7829 (fax)


John P. Walters, Director
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849–6000
301–519–5212 (fax)


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