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Bernadette Peters bites back at Broadway Barks protesters

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The scenario in Shubert Alley on Saturday afternoon acquired fairly ruff. 

As actress Bernadette Peters was onstage within the Theater District between forty fourth and forty fifth Streets selling her pet adoption charity Broadway Barks, the annual occasion was interrupted by indignant protesters from the Humane Society shouting “animal abuse.”

“Excuse me,” the Tony Award-winning star of such exhibits as “Gypsy” and “Hiya, Dolly!” shouted again.

“You’re stomping on the possibilities of the animals right here from being adopted!”

As actress Bernadette Peters was onstage promoting her pet adoption charity Broadway Barks, the annual event was interrupted by a mob of protesters.
As actress Bernadette Peters was onstage selling her pet adoption charity Broadway Barks, the annual occasion was interrupted by a mob of protesters.
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One onlooker within the packed crowd advised The Put up it was “a ruckus,” and video exhibits attendees yelling “get out!,” as interlopers holding megaphones are dragged off by safety guards. 

Co-founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore in 1998, the group’s web site says it was created to “promote the adoption of shelter animals.” The Humane Society, in the meantime, payments itself as “the nation’s handiest animal safety group.”

As banners had been raised and snatched away, “Music Man” star Sutton Foster stood onstage grimacing along with her pup. Her co-star Hugh Jackman and Billy Crystal from “Mr. Saturday Evening” additionally made appearances.