Target: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese
Goal: Demand that DiCaprio and Scorsese remove film scenes that feature a chimp that lives with a traveling circus.
According to an undercover PETA film, chimpanzees have been abused on movie sets only for handlers to transfer the animals to abusive road-side zoos where the animals eat rotten food and trash. DiCaprio and Scorsese use a chimpanzee in their upcoming film, Wolf of Wall Street, that now lives with a traveling circus that the government cited for neglecting captive animals. Using the chimpanzee in the film promotes an abusive and horrific practice. Further, it benefits a traveling circus that the government cited for poor animal welfare.
The young ape in Wolf of Wall Street is named Chance. Chance lives with the Rosaire family, who own a traveling circus. During this circus, chimpanzees are forced to ride around on horses and perform other unnatural tricks. The United States Department of Agriculture cited the Rosaires for failing to provide animals with adequate living conditions and restraining a chimpanzee with a noose at a public exhibition.
According to a PETA, many chimp actors end up in abusive conditions eating rotten food and living in filthy and trash-filled cages. Additionally, many chimpanzees used in movies are separated from their mother soon after birth. This separation triggers immense psychological trauma. Chimpanzees are exceptionally perceptive and intelligent animals, can understand symbols, and some evidence suggests that chimpanzees have the ability to plan for the future.
Thus, the abusive practices involved with chimpanzee actors undoubtedly inflict cruel psychological distress on the animals. Sign the petition below to demand that DiCaprio and Scorsese remove the chimp from their film scenes, and stop encouraging this inhumane practice.
Dear Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese:
The chimpanzee in your upcoming film, Wolf of Wall Street, lives with a traveling circus family that has already been cited for neglecting animals. Using this chimpanzee promotes the abusive and horrific practice of using mistreated animal actors. Further, it benefits a traveling circus family that the government cited for poor animal welfare.
Chimps are intelligent animals with feelings. Thus, the abusive practices involved with chimpanzee actors undoubtedly inflict cruel psychological distress on the animals. We urge you to remove the chimp from their film scenes, and stop encouraging this inhumane practice.
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