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Animal Practice Gets 'Put Down'

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By "put down" we mean killed and by "killed" we mean cancelled.

NBC has officially taken Animal Practice off the air.

After slowly dropping in ratings, we guess execs decided that America had enough of a monkey in a lab coat.

So who will be filling that empty slot?

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Kathie Lee Gifford Drops A Puppy On Live TV!

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While on the Today Show, Kathie Lee and Hoda were visiting with a bunch of cute puppies!

DoSomething.org has a Pics for Pets campaign where it simply asks people to take good pictures of shelter animals!

Apparently bad pictures are one of the main reasons for pets not being adopted.

Lucky for her, Kathie Lee got to hold one of the cute puppies!

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PETA Wants To Stop The Opossum Drop

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They successfully stopped the turkey drop from happening back before Thanksgiving, and now PETA's set their sights on the New Year's Opossum drop.

In North Carolina, in a small mountain town, every New Year's for 18 years, they drop a opossum in a transparent box, just as the ball drops in Times Square.

PETA says that the tradition is cruel and illegal.

They make it seem like an opossum is just chucked off a 40-foot ledge.

But the opossum is only slowly lowered from 18-feet up.

The person in charge of the opossum drop said:

"It's a lot of good clean family fun. No alcohol. We advertise it as the only New Year's party you'll remember the next day no matter how much fun you had."

The opossum drop drives a lot of people into the otherwise quiet, 250 resident town.

"It fills the place up. On a warm night, it's about 3,000 people. If it's cold, maybe 2,000."

PETA has sent a letter asking that they use a taxidermic animal, like in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

A PETA rep said:

"The great thing about Tallapoosa is that they don't use a live possum. They use a taxidermied possum."

Guess we'll have to wait and see if PETA can sway the townsfolk and stop the drop.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Cruel Turkey Drop Stopped!

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As we previously mentioned, Yellville Arkansas hosts an annual Turkey Trot Festival, where a small private aircraft would throw wild turkeys out of the sky.

This cruel practice was brought to PETA's attention and the animals rights group offered a $5,000 reward for any tips that led to the arrest and conviction of the "phantom pilot."

Many people at the festival still supported the turkey drop, wearing t-shirts that read: "I am the phantom pilot."

There was even a sign offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the PETA employee that came up with the $5,000 reward.

This year's Turkey Trot Festival passed without a single turkey dropped.

It may have been because of a warning to whoever the pilot may be, the FAA said:

"If a plane flies over and a turkey comes out of it, we're going to be talking to somebody."

With pilots risking losing their licenses it seems this cruel practice may have finally come to an end.

[Image via Carrie Devorah/WENN.]

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