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Monkeys Belong in Rain Forests, Not on
Film Sets, Says Sarah Baeckler
For Immediate Release:September 22, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Cle Elum, Wash. -- In
response to the news that Cameron Crowe's upcoming film, We Bought a
Zoo, features a capuchin monkey and other wild animals, the members of the
North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA)—including Sarah Baeckler,
the executive director of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum,
Wash.—have sent the director an urgent letter asking him to promise never again
to use primates in his films. In the letter, the members explain that films
such as We Bought a Zoo often inspire people to mistakenly seek out
monkeys to keep as "pets," only to cast the intelligent animals off
when it proves difficult to care for them.
"Monkeys and apes are adorable as babies, but the novelty
soon wears off and they grow into strong adults who are strong-willed,
naturally curious and destructive, and capable of causing some pretty serious
injuries," write the NAPSA members. "The end result is an untold
number of monkeys and apes languishing in cages, perhaps suffering from
illness, malnutrition, or just plain loneliness."
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NAPSA members' letter to Cameron Crowe follows.
am writing to you today on behalf of the members of the North American Primate
Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA). NAPSA was founded in 2010 by the directors of seven
primate sanctuaries in the US and Canada, who collectively care for nearly 550
great apes and monkeys, rescued from laboratories, the pet trade, and the
entertainment industry. It is our understanding that a capuchin monkey,
Crystal, is featured in your upcoming production, We Bought a Zoo. There
is growing concern about the use of monkeys and apes in films, TV, and
advertising, and we hope that you might consider alternatives to the use of
trained monkeys and apes in future productions, and share what you read here
with your colleagues.
is no doubt that monkeys and apes are very appealing and engaging. Indeed, that
is why the members of NAPSA have chosen to dedicate their time and energy to
providing sanctuary for otherwise unwanted primates living in the US and
Canada. But as wonderful as monkeys and apes are, they simply don't belong in
the entertainment industry. There are two major problems with the use of
monkeys and apes in film, TV, and advertising. First, the primate “actors”
themselves suffer. They are taken from their mothers at birth, forced to
perform for our amusement, and can endure harsh training techniques behind
closed doors. Second, the use of primates in entertainment sends the wrong
message about their suitability as pets. When people see a monkey or ape
interacting with actors, they may seek to acquire one as a household pet,
believing (wrongly) that such an animal would make a wonderful companion.
Unfortunately, sanctuaries are full of primates who have proven that not to be
the case. Monkeys and apes are adorable as babies, but the novelty soon wears
off and they grow into strong adults who are strong-willed, naturally curious
and destructive, and capable of causing some pretty serious injuries. Too many
people find they are unable to cope, and the monkey or ape ends up on the
doorsteps of a sanctuary—if they are lucky.
member sanctuaries have rescued primates who were used by Hollywood trainers,
as well as primates once kept as pets. Unfortunately, collectively we are
nearly at capacity, yet the calls to take in unwanted monkeys and apes keep
coming. The end result is an untold number of monkeys and apes languishing in
cages, perhaps suffering from illness, malnutrition, or just plain loneliness.
It is imperative that sanctuaries address the root causes of the trade in
primates, and that includes the entertainment industry. If influential people
such as yourself pledge not to use trained monkeys and apes in their production
out of consideration for the well-being of primates everywhere, that will go a
long way to reducing and ultimately ending the trade in non-human primates.
It's the dream of every NAPSA sanctuary to one day close its doors because
there are no more primates in need. We hope you'll consider helping us get there.
for Great ApesWauchula,
American Primate Sanctuary Alliance
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