Target: The Producers Guild of America
Goal: To Discontinue the Use of Chimpanzees in Entertainment
Chimpanzees have long been used for entertainment in commercials, television shows, and movies. While they appear to be happy, nothing could be further from the truth. A chimpanzee’s entertainment career is exhausting, painful, and emotionally damaging.
The chimpanzees that are used in entertainment are actually just children, with their entertainment careers ending just before adolescence. To prepare, they are taken away from their families in infancy to make them more comfortable with humans. Training begins immediately and is a rigorous process, as the acts that they are asked to perform are very unnatural for them. They practice, train, and work constantly until they are too old, too strong, and too defiant to work with.
At this point, the Chimpanzees are often dumped at unaccredited zoos (as they are difficult to place in legitimate ones) or used for breeding purposes. Due to their environment during early development, these chimpanzees often do not learn how to properly socialize with other chimpanzees. They also display aggression and behavior consistent with depression and anxiety.
It is time we put an end to this cruel practice for once and for all, starting with the American film industry. The Producers Guild of America is composed of many famous television and movie producers. We must petition the organization asking them to promote the disuse of chimpanzees in entertainment to its members. By doing this, we will reach a wide range of individuals in the entertainment industry who can vow never to use chimpanzees in their work again.
Dear Producers Guild of America,
It is time to bring to light the treatment of chimpanzees in the entertainment industry. Many filmmakers, directors, or producers do not fully understand the treatment of chimpanzees trained for these careers, and you have the power to make this known and to promote the discontinuing of this practice.
Unbeknownst to most people, chimpanzees used in entertainment are actually just children, all under the age of eight. They are taken from their families very early in infancy to prompt them into dependance and trust of humans. The training is consistent and intense, as most of the acts taught are not natural. The intense training and work takes an emotional toll on these animals, and when they are too old to continue working, they are used for breeding or abandoned. Former entertainers show signs of anger, depression, and anxiety. In fact, some of the most well-known instances of chimpanzee attacks on humans were done so by former entertainers.
Please promote the disuse of chimpanzees for entertainment to your members and help put an end to this practice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Funky Monkey (2004) at allmovie.com