Top Payroll Company ADP Bans Live-Animal Displays After PETA Appeal

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2022

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Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Roseland, N.J. – After PETA shared disturbing information concerning how animals suffer when used for traveling displays, locally based global payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP)—which used a sloth and a baboon at its booth at a recent convention—immediately pledged never to use live animals for promotional events or advertising again. In thanks, PETA sent the company a box of monkey-shaped vegan chocolates.

“ADP was quick to agree with PETA that wild animals don’t deserve to be exploited as living props or harassed and stressed for commercials or conventions,” says PETA Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Debbie Metzler. “ADP joins hundreds of companies nationwide that have rejected the use of wild animals in ads and exhibits.”

Animals used in advertising and traveling exhibits are highly stressed by unfamiliar environments and from being separated from their families, confined to tiny crates, hauled from venue to venue, and displayed in front of loud and sometimes rowdy crowds, often having been forced to endure abusive training methods. Not only do these displays send the harmful message that sentient beings are props to use for human amusement, they can also increase the black-market demand for wild animals as “pets,” one of the main forces driving many endangered animals to extinction.

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 PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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