A decade ago, there were at least a dozen chimpanzees working in Hollywood. Now there are none.
And it’s all thanks to campaigns like PETA’s to get live great apes out of entertainment—and to the dedication of animal rights activists.
There are officially no more chimpanzees in Hollywood!
Last year, notorious exhibitor Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife dumped the last chimpanzees forced to appear in commercials and other Hollywood productions, including Eli and Susie, at Wildlife Waystation, a now-defunct pseudo-sanctuary near Los Angeles.
The pair were considered useless to the industry after they’d grown too large.
Eli at Lincoln Park Zoo
On June 26, Lincoln Park Zoo (LPZ) announced that it had welcomed Eli (pictured above) and Susie (pictured below) as permanent lifetime residents.
Susie at Lincoln Park Zoo
There, the pair will receive the highest-quality care and have the opportunity to integrate into a larger social group of chimpanzees. They’ll live in an enriching habitat that provides for their species-specific needs and receive excellent veterinary care.
PETA campaigned against productions that used Eli and Susie, too, and scored multiple victories for the duo and other exploited chimpanzees.
In 2015, after we sent a letter to MasterChef Junior’s judge and executive producer, Gordon Ramsay, explaining that chimpanzee “actors” are removed from their highly protective mothers shortly after birth, Ramsay agreed to pull footage featuring Eli from upcoming episodes of the hit cooking show.
In 2016, GEICO’s ad agency signed our Great Ape Humane Pledge, agreeing to leave great apes out of its advertising.
GEICO’s ad agency and MasterChef Junior both worked with Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife—an outfit that has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, including for failing to provide animals with adequate veterinary care and locking chimpanzees and orangutans in night housing for up to 18 hours a day.
In 2013, Bonobos removed from its website an ad that showed Susie cavorting in swim trunks—in its place, the swimwear and clothing company substituted a PETA video featuring Anjelica Huston speaking up for great apes.
Similarly, after hearing from us about troubling chimpanzee-training methods that can include abuse delivered via fists, sticks, and clubs, Dodge pulled its own ad in which Susie appeared.
Within the same month, two other companies pulled or altered ads with great apes in them, too, after being contacted by PETA.
Help us score more victories for chimpanzees!
There may be no more chimpanzees in Hollywood, but many are still being exploited at roadside zoos and other seedy operations. Chance, for example—who was stolen from his mother, shipped across the country when he was 6 months old to become a “pet,” and then sent to live in servitude to a notorious circus family known as the Rosaires—is still being used in a demeaning show at Big Cat Habitat, a pseudo-sanctuary that has also been cited by the USDA.
Click below to urge the Rosaires to retire Chance to an accredited sanctuary, where he will never be forced to perform again and can get the care that he desperately needs: https://support.peta.org/page/12124/action/1
And I mean…What is particularly done with monkeys in the entertainment industry today, knows no limits to cruelty!
They are hunted, the babies separated from their mothers, who are often brutally killed for it!
The entertainment industry is exclusively supported by extremely stupid people who regard animals as fun objects and make use of them.
Only idiots believe today that monkeys voluntarily ride bicycles, tigers by nature tolerate selfies and elephants like to carry fat tourists on their backs.
No matter if it’s the circus, visite films with animals in the cinema, or taking selfies with tortured animals in exotic countries, humans are 100% responsible for the tortures of animals in the entertainment industry.
And each of us should be infinitely ashamed of it.
Either because we participate or because we do nothing against it!
My best regards to all, Venus