Talk show host Jay Leno
Talk show host Jay Leno

Animal Rights Group Targets 'The Jay Leno Show'

Those pesky, and controversial, animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will dress up as chickens and attempt to protest a taping of The Jay Leno Show tomorrow in Burbank, City News Service reports.

Talk show host Jay Leno
Talk show host Jay Leno

PETA's peeved at Leno for shilling for the fast food giant McDonald's, which PETA claims has failed to adopt more humane chicken slaughter methods.

Leno should use his influence to "benefit the millions of frightened birds who end up as McNuggets," PETA member Amanda Fortino tells City News Service.

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Kevin Eubanks, Leno's band leader, just happens to be a vegetarian, but no word if he's planning to dive into the middle of the brewing controversy.

PETA has become a favorite cause of Hollywood celebrities over the

years, with such stars as Alec Baldwin and Alicia Silverstone giving

them public props.

It's doubtful any major celebrity will take a stand against Leno, but PETA members will arrive in their chicken suits at NBC Studios in Burbank at 3000 W. Alameda Ave. at 2:30 p.m., according to City News Service.

No word yet if Leno will try to turn the protest into one of his famous man-on-the-street gags.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.


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