Written by Alisa Mullins
Ravens weren't the only winning animals in Super Bowl XLVII. Great apes finally got a
reprieve when CareerBuilder
at long last decided to stop dressing up chimpanzees in business suits and
featuring them in ads about immature coworkers. The ads were unintentionally
ironic, since the chimpanzees truly were immature, as in babies. Thank the
football gods that CareerBuilder decided to retire those idiotic ads before Ray Lewis got his first hip replacement.
In fact, no great apes were used in any Super Bowl commercial this year, the
first year since all the top 10 U.S. advertising agencies pledged never to use
great apes in their advertising after meeting with PETA.
As shown in PETA's video exposé,
narrated by Anjelica
Huston, great apes are torn away from their mothers shortly
after birth and are beaten in order to force them to perform. Once they get
too powerful and dangerous to control, they are often discarded at dismal roadside zoos.
Great apes weren't the only animals given
the day off. Most of the exotic animals featured in the Super Bowl ads were
computer generated, not that the average viewer could tell the difference. It
makes a big difference to the animals, though, when advertisers opt for
realistic computer-generated imagery and animatronic stand-ins and refrain from
subjecting real animals to the rigors and abuse of training both on the set and
During a PETA undercover investigation
of a facility that trains big cats, we documented that the animals were deprived
of food, dragged by chains around their necks, hit in the face, and smashed
over the head with ax handles. When they're not being
forced to perform, exotic animals are confined almost constantly to cages and
If this Super Bowl is any indication, cutting-edge
companies seem to be recognizing that compassionate customers are turned off by
animal abuse and will tune out cruel ads—because the only squirrel dance that we want to see during the Super Bowl features a burly linebacker.
Written by Jeff Mackey
The TV networks have been notably, um, unenthusiastic about running
PETA's Super Bowl ads, so this year PETA is planning
to take its message directly to the players and fans by placing billboards in the
teams' hometowns of New York and Boston as well as Indianapolis, which is
hosting the game, making an irreverent plea for people to put down the chicken
wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
Chickens © iStockphoto.com/Sunnybeach
It's estimated that some 600 million chickens are killed for the wings consumed just during the Super Bowl. Yikes! And
that's after the abuse they all suffered through on factory farms.
Not only is this wing-eating obsession cruel, it also shows
a lack of imagination. After all, there are so many mouth-watering alternatives
to the old same-old same-old. For vegan game-day treats that will satisfy the
most ravenous sports fan, check
out these recipes
for fab finger foods that won't cost birds their limbs.
If your party guests insist on being served wings, try the
meatless variety, like Gardein's buffalo "wings"—the choice of the NFL's Ricky
just roll your own!
Written by PETA
Like most people, one of my favorite things about the pre-game Super Bowl hype is hearing about the commercials that will run during the game. This is particularly true this time around, since (due to a calculating error by the NFL) the Redskins didn't make it into the playoffs this year. But is it me or is the hype around this year’s field of ads virtually non-existent? Granted, nothing will ever come close to that Mean Joe Green Coke spot—or even the GoDaddy ad, but come on ad folks, what’s the deal—are you waiting for PETA to submit its spot to be rejected to get the pre-game ad media frenzy started?
Sorry to disappoint, but, this year we decided to take a different approach. Rather than create yet another brilliant spot that is summarily rejected, we decided just to dig into the vault and re-release some of our past Super Bowl classics.
Take a look and let us know what your favorite is. My money is on the pillow fighting co-eds arguing over whether dolphins or unicorns are cuter. The one about the young ladies with udders is kind of amazing too, if a little disturbing. I seriously can't understand why they rejected these masterpieces. Anyway, with PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian 2006—Prince himself—performing at the halftime show, maybe we don't even need an ad this year ...
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