Jon Stewart and The Daily Show learned the hard way that not all publicity stunts using animals are funny.
The T.V. show brought a camel to the Wisconsin Capitol on Monday for a sketch that was supposed to compare the union protests in Madison with those in Cairo, but the poor camel paid a high price for the show’s poor judgment when it repeatedly slipped and fell and got stuck on the icy streets of the city.
Craver reported the stunt quickly turned into a disaster as the camel’s handler took the animal off a truck. Almost immediately the camel slipped and fell on the icy street. Each time the animal tried to stand up, it fell again on the unfamiliar ground.
The situation soon turned into a battle between the frightened camel and the handler. When the handler finally got the camel to stand one more time, it fell and caught its leg in a fence that had fallen.
Several firefighters, who were part of the protest, heard the commotion and came to the scene to help.
The camel laid on the snowy ground for nearly ten minutes as the firefighters determined if it had broken its leg.
Then with the voices of protestors in the background, the group lifted the camel to its feet. The camel wasn’t injured during the ordeal, but The Daily Show wisely decided not to film the sketch.
The Alliance for Animals said, “Tell them that animals are not props to be used for low-based humor. Let’s keep the cows, the camels, the pigs, the elephants out of the entertainment business. We can find enough humor from humans.”
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