Honda Pulls Commercial Featuring Live Orangutan

January 2004

Honda’s advertising agency, Rubin Postaer and Associates (RPA), created a commercial for Honda in which an orangutan portrays a beauty contestant’s assistant. PETA contacted RPA to alert the agency to the inherent cruelty involved in forcing young orangutans to “perform” for ads and asked that the commercial be removed from the air. RPA and Honda made the joint decision to discontinue broadcasting the commercial.

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