Lisa Marie Presley to Animal Exhibitor: ‘Don’t Be Cruel’

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Lisa Marie Presley

Elvis swiveled his hips to that hit single decades ago, and today his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, is singing a similar tune in behalf of a baby chimpanzee who is named after her.

An anonymous whistleblower at an Illinois Park District contacted PETA after witnessing the owners of Ed and Annette’s Monkeys & More—a company that provides animals for parties and other functions—transport Lisa Marie (the baby chimpanzee) in a Rubbermaid bin to and from events.

Ed and Annette purchased Lisa Marie from a Missouri primate breeder who removed her from her mother within weeks of birth. Now, when she’s not being dragged to community events and children’s parties, Lisa Marie lives alone in a barren cage. She will likely grow too strong for her handlers by the time she’s 8 years old and be tossed aside to a roadside zoo to languish for decades—if she doesn’t have a breakdown and hurt someone first.

To show support for our efforts to rescue Lisa Marie and other baby chimpanzees from abuse in the entertainment industry, Lisa Marie Presley has written to Ed and Annette’s Monkeys & More urging them to release her namesake to an accredited sanctuary.

As a lifelong Elvis fan, I think he’d agree that any business that cashes in on chimpanzees is “Too Much Monkey Business.”

Written by Karin Bennett

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