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Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter

From 4 July 2001 Issue


During the first week of April, 2001, Late Night with Conan O'Brain featured a small, live bat trying to stay afloat in a toilet bowl as part of their entertainment.   It was called the "Bat in a Bowl" segment. The bat struggled to keep from drowning as viewers laughed.  We have no idea as to whether the bat was rescued or intentionally flushed down the drain.

PLEASE write to NBC and voice your outrage over the clip.

The following page is available to submit online opinions to to NBC:   will help you write your letter easily and quickly and then deliver it to the right person.

Snail mail can also be sent directly to:

Robert C. Wright, CEO
National Broadcasting Company, INC.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112-0002


Dear NBC,

The recent barbaric segment on "Late Night with Conan O'Brian" that showed a helpless animal trying not to drown in a toilet bowl was apparently considered amusing by NBC.  Perhaps NBC doesn't realize that bats are the most endangered land mammal in North America.  I am shocked that Mr. O'Brien finds it entertaining to watch an animal suffer.  What Mr. O'Brien did with his bat segment for FUN & PROFIT is atrocious.

I am outraged at the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. and here is what I would like NBC, Inc. to do: Have Conan O'Brian apologize to the thousands of people that have complained to your company about this event, in addition to making a public service announcement explaining the benefits of bats.


Your name here


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