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|Originally Posted: 24 Sep 2010|
Urge Mattress Company Not to Air Cruel Chimpanzee Commercial
PETA needs your help to convince Christian's Mattress Xpress not to air an offensive and insensitive advertisement using Kenzy, a chimpanzee. Please send a quick, polite note to Christian's Mattress Xpress and urge the company not to air the commercial featuring Kenzy the chimpanzee.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Christian's Mattress Xpress, a mattress company based near Fresno, California, has plans to run an advertising campaign that features a young chimpanzee named Kenzy. Kenzy was provided by exhibitor Mike Casey, who is notorious for a history of breeding and selling "pet" chimpanzees to anyone with a checkbook.
Casey even sold the chimpanzee Travis, who attacked and maimed Charla Nash in Connecticut last year. Earlier this year, Casey was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failure to have an adequate environmental enhancement plan to promote the psychological well-being of Kenzy, who is housed alone.
Chimpanzee "actors" like Kenzy 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.
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