‘Y: The Last Man’ Drops Use of Real Monkey After PETA Push

For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2020

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – PETA is celebrating a victory today: The producers of Y: The Last Man, who reportedly used a real monkey for the pilot episode, have confirmed to PETA that they will use exclusively computer-generated imagery to portray a monkey character when production resumes this week.

Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange:

For over two years, PETA has been urging the Y: The Last Man team not to prop up a cruel industry that tears baby monkeys away from their mothers and forces them to endure a miserable life stuck inside cages and in front of cameras. The decision to switch to computer-generated imagery is the only ethical option for depicting animals on screen and is welcome news for primates who suffer in the entertainment industry.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about the behind-the-scenes suffering of animals used in film and television is available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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