Tell Travelers Insurance to Ditch Cruel Chimpanzee Ad

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Originally Posted: 24 Jun 2010

Tell Travelers Insurance to Ditch Cruel Chimpanzee Ad

[Ed. Note: See Primates in Entertainment: An Exposé.]

FROM People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Using the form below, please send a quick, polite note to Travelers Insurance and urge the company to pull its commercial featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals.

CONTACT

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

Shayne Boyd
Travelers Insurance
c/o Consumer Affairs
One Tower Square, 5MS
Hartford, CT 06183
phone (651) 310.3846
email

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Travelers Insurance is currently running a commercial that features a number of wild animals, including a young chimpanzee "actor." Wild animals used for entertainment and advertising are subjected to horrifying cruelty. They are often beaten during pre-production training, subjected to food deprivation, and forced to live in deplorable conditions on training compounds. Even the best-known trainers are frequently cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act, which establishes only minimal guidelines for animal care.

Chimpanzees used for advertising are typically very young animals who are prematurely removed from their mothers—often just days or weeks after birth. Trainers use physical abuse in order to ensure that chimpanzees know "who's boss" and to force the animals to perform confusing, unnatural behaviors on cue. By the time chimpanzees reach approximately 8 years of age, they are too strong to be safely handled and are often discarded at wretched roadside zoos or otherwise warehoused in appalling conditions. PETA investigations have revealed that former "celebrity" apes were living in small cages littered with garbage and feces and were denied basic necessities, such as wholesome food and adequate veterinary care.

The American Humane Association (AHA) only monitors animals when they are on set and does nothing to prevent behind-the-scenes abuse and neglect. The AHA does not monitor pre-production training, the living conditions of animals, premature separation of babies from their mothers, or the disposition of animals when they are no longer useful to trainers.

Using the form below, please send a quick, polite note to Travelers Insurance and urge the company to pull its commercial featuring a chimpanzee and other wild animals. Remind the company that there is no reason to use live animals in ads when animation, animatronics, computer-generated images, and other highly advanced technologies can produce realistic substitutes.


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