Stop Abusing Chimpanzees for Advertising

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Target: Robert P. Conway, CEO of The Sharper Image

Goal: Stop The Sharper Image from using chimpanzees in its ads.

Recently, The Sharper Image released an ad featuring a chimpanzee holding a camera with the words “Monkey See Monkey Do.” Chimpanzees trapped in the entertainment industry face terrible mental and physical hardships daily and it is time to put it to an end.

Most chimpanzees used in the entertainment industry have been taken away from their mothers at very early ages, which is extremely traumatic for both the baby and the mother. The chimpanzee’s early and critical years are spent with a trainer rather than a mother. Instead of receiving a mother’s love, the young chimpanzee is subjected to physical and mental abuse that many trainers use in order to make the chimpanzee act on command.

Many companies, including AT&T, Dodge, Capital One, Pfizer and Frontier Airlines, have pledged to never use chimpanzees in their ads again. Sign this petition and demand The Sharper Image do the same.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Conway,

Your company recently released an ad featuring a chimpanzee holding a camera with the words “Monkey See Monkey Do.” While this ad may seem fun and quirky to you and the public, the reality of it is much darker.

Most chimpanzees used in the entertainment industry have been taken away from their mothers at very young ages. Instead of growing up with a caring, loving mother, the chimpanzee is stuck with a trainer. Trainers typically subject their animals to physical and psychological abuse in order for the chimpanzee to act on command. When the chimpanzee’s prime years are over, they are often discarded and live a life confined, neglected and alone.

Please consider no longer using chimpanzees in your ads. Many companies, including AT&T, Dodge, Capital One, Pfizer and Frontier Airlines, have pledged to never use chimpanzees in their ads again. I would love to see you make the same commitment and spare chimpanzees the unnecessary pain, misery, fear and neglect that a life in the entertainment industry subjects them to.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Chi King

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3 Comments

  1. the human race really should stop and spend time just looking at what is happen in this world, it is just getting worse and more vile,

  2. ALTO A LA TORTURA EN EL PLANETA COMPLETO, QUEREMOS PAZ Y COMPASIÓN CON TODOS LOS SERES VIVOS. NO TIENEN DERECHO A SEGUIR LASTIMANDO, TORTURANDO NI DAÑANDO A NADIE. DESTRUIR DE ESTA FORMA ES UN CRIMEN!!!

  3. It has come to my attention that The Sharper Image has been using primates in a new ad. Why, particularly when you have already been told by PETA about the horrendous lives these animals lead?

    AT&T, Dodge, Pfizer, Capital One, and Frontier Airlines, as well as many others have pulled ads featuring chimpanzees after learning that primates are maltreated behind the scenes. As well, these companies immediately pledged to never again feature great apes in future ads. Furthermore, after meeting with PETA, all the top 10 U.S. ad agencies put in place formal policies that prohibit the use of all great apes in their ads.

    I ask that you please immediately stop these ads and put a formal policy in place to never use any primates in advertising campaigns again. Thank you for your consideration in this most important matter.

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