PETA Statement: Monkey Used for FX’s ‘Y’

For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Below, please find a statement from PETA primatologist Julia Gallucci in response to reports that FX’s Y has shot scenes with a capuchin monkey named Katie, who was previously used for Friends, among other projects:

We were shocked to see that a real monkey was used in Y. As PETA warned FX as well as Y‘s producer and various showrunners, using monkeys as television props thwarts conservation efforts and promotes exotic-pet ownership, which involves removing baby monkeys from their mothers shortly after birth and raising them in deprived conditions. In an age when Aladdin and Dumbo have brought monkeys to life with realistic, humane computer-generated imagery, there’s no excuse for dragging a live monkey onto the set of Y.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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