End the Use of Monkeys in Film

Capuchin Monkey

Target: Production Company, Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Goal: Stop the use of complex, social monkeys for human entertainment.

Capuchin monkeys will be forced to make a long and difficult journey only to be used as misguided entertainment in the most recent installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. The monkeys will begin their journey in California and fly all the way to Australia, an estimated 17-hour flight under optimal conditions. The monkeys will be placed in crates and undoubtedly become incredibly stressed throughout the flight. Urge the production team to cease the use of exotic animals as entertainment and save the monkeys from a long and strenuous journey.

Capuchin monkeys generally live in large groups in South and Central America. Not unlike most species of primates, the Capuchin monkeys are incredibly intelligent and have needs that would not be met on a film set where they would be detached from their own kind and forced to act in a manner inconsistent with their natural tendencies. The long journey from California to Queensland, Australia is perhaps even more telling of the production team’s lack of concern for the monkeys.

The public has voiced its concern through several media outlets, but the production team has yet to comment on the matter. Increasing pressure is of the utmost importance and can ultimately save these monkeys from a long, undesirable stay on set in the hands of individuals that cannot possibly give them the life they deserve. Please sign this petition to urge the Jerry Bruckheimer production team to end the use of Capuchin monkeys as entertainment and spare these complex creatures from a difficult life.


Dear Mr. Bruckheimer,

The use of exotic animals as entertainment in film has gone on far too long. The Capuchin monkey should not be used as entertainment in your most recent work and the long journey from California to Australia is not in the best interest of the monkeys. Please end the use of exotic animals by the Jerry Bruckheimer production team, spare these complex creatures, and take a stand on removing animals from their natural environment for human entertainment.

The Capuchin monkey is incredibly complex and lives in large groups with its own kind. It is nearly impossible to give these monkeys the life they deserve on a film set where they are forced to act for a camera. In addition to their long, unnatural stay on set, the flight across continents is unacceptable. The monkeys will be placed under immense stress and this will negatively impact their lives in the future.

Please end the use of exotic animals by your production team and vow not to remove animals from their natural environment.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David M. Jensen via Wikimedia Commons

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