In response to CareerBuilder’s Super Bowl ad that uses a chimpanzee, actor Anjelica Huston has just fired off a letter on PETA's behalf to express her dismay that the company has used a trained chimpanzee for its most recent ad—despite having received copies of Huston’s video exposé that reveals how great-ape “actors,” without exception, are torn from their mothers as babies, violently trained, and then left to languish in cramped cages after they grow too large to control.
Most advertising agencies and businesses—including CareerBuilder’s biggest competitor, Monster—refuse to use great apes in their ads.
“I am distraught that CareerBuilder has decided once again to feature chimpanzee infants in its Super Bowl ad, despite the public outcry and the condemnation of every well-known primatologist, including Dr. Jane Goodall," wrote Anjelica. "So many advances in protecting chimpanzees have been made in the past few years, and many top ad agencies now refuse to use these animals. Why would you not choose to evolve with the rest of the industry? Even the federal government is set to lay off these sophisticated, social primates: In December, the U.S. suspended all new experiments using chimpanzees after appeals by everyone from astronauts to governors.
“It is astonishing that you are unmoved by the videos, photographs, and case reports of what befalls these animals from the moment they are taken from their mothers to the moment they die.
“Innovative companies use animatronics or computer-generated imagery. … These chimpanzees are set to endure a lifetime of abuse for your 30-second spot—a point that no thinking person will find funny in the least.”
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