Rehome Chimpanzee Allegedly Given Cigarettes for Human Entertainment


Target: Amy Cannizaro and other Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission Members

Goal: Stop people from allegedly killing chimpanzee with cigarettes and soda.

An abused chimpanzee is allegedly given cigarettes and drinks at a cruel entertainment venue. We need to take action to better ensure this animal is placed in a proper sanctuary.

According to sources, Candy the chimpanzee is given these unhealthy substances from people who visit Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park in Louisiana. Since chimpanzees are 99.9 percent genetically similar to humans, they are capable of developing lung cancer, emphysema and other diseases that humans catch as a result of smoking. Like humans, they can also develop severe health problems due to being obese.

Because captive chimpanzees living in the United States were recently listed as endangered, they now have more protections. Therefore, anyone who plans to cause a chimpanzee pain or harm has to prove that doing so will be beneficial to preserving the species. Allowing chimpanzees to drink unhealthy sugary beverages or to smoke cigarettes is in no way beneficial to the species, or to the particular animal that is more likely to die an earlier death because of such destructive practices.

Demand this chimpanzee be placed in an adequate sanctuary and that this park be forced to close its doors if it is found that such animal abuse is taking place. While staff members may not directly be giving Candy addictive substances, it is doubtful that they would not notice such incidences occurring on a regular basis.


Dear Ms. Cannizaro and Respective Commission Members,

A chimpanzee is allegedly given soda and cigarettes by people who visit Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park in Louisiana. It is important that if this is occurring, the chimpanzee be placed in a reputable sanctuary and that the park be closed down to better ensure animals are not abused in the future.

Recently, chimpanzees were given more protections in the United States. It is therefore illegal to cause them pain or harm in entertainment venues. Allowing chimpanzees to drink soda and smoke cigarettes is unequivocally causing the animal harm, since chimpanzees are susceptible to getting many of the same diseases as humans get as a result of smoking and being overweight.

Even if the staff is not directly giving the animal any substances, they should be able to keep a close enough eye on it to stop such incidences from occurring. For all of these reasons, I urge you to immediately place this animal in a reputable sanctuary and to further demand that this park be shut down if these things are taking place. Animals do not deserve to be abused in this despicable manner.


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Photo Credit: Hatem Moushir

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  1. Oh boy, yet ANOTHER redneck southern State showing its true colors! How do we just rid our planet of these neanderthals, once and for all?? There is NOTHING of “amusement” in this hicktown Park, so shut it forever!

  2. Melody Halligan says:

    Action must be taken to better ensure this abused animal is placed into a proper, fully accredited chimpanzee sanctuary, ASAP.

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