I hope your closets are prepared, because I’m sure this bit of news will have you rushing out to stock up on vegan sweaters and skinny jeans. Both Levi’s and Gap Inc. have pledged not to use great apes in future advertising campaigns!
Following the tragic death of Travis, a chimpanzee who formerly starred in Old Navy commercials, PETA approached Levi’s and Old Navy’s parent company, Gap Inc. (which also owns Gap and Banana Republic), to ask the companies not use apes in any future ads. Executives for both companies knew that their choice was clear once they learned that young apes who are used in commercials are ripped away from their mothers when they are only days old, trained by being beaten, kicked, and punched, and then discarded to live in filthy roadside zoos when they are too old and strong to handle.
And, because we are never ones to let compassionate acts go unrewarded, we are sending both companies thank-you gifts for a job well done.
Written by Shawna Flavell