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|Originally Posted: 1 July 2011|
Protest and Boycott the Movie, Zookeeper
[Ed. Note: Wild animals should never be USED for entertainment, regardless of the so-called protections afforded them while "onstage" or "onset." For more articles, read Against The Use of Wild Animals in Entertainment, Elephants Beaten with Bullhooks in the Name of Entertainment and take action - Help End Animals' Show Business "Careers". ]
Go to the YouTube trailer for Zookeeper and leave a comment. Add your voice of protest, and let other viewers know that monkeys and apes are not just for our amusement! And please don’t spend your hard-earned movie-going dollars to see this film!
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
There are some primate problems at the zoo. Zookeeper, a film about a lovelorn keeper and the animals who care about him, features a capuchin monkey named Crystal, who has been acting in movies since 1997. The film is due out in theaters on July 8.
At IPPL, we’re opposed to using live primates in the entertainment industry. Apes and monkeys bred for show business are frequently removed from their mothers when only days or weeks old. Because they’re still wild animals at heart, they are frequently trained using harsh methods in order to get them to perform on cue. Even the American Humane Association, which monitors films to make sure “no animals were harmed” in the process, cannot vouch for the housing or training conditions of the animal actors off-set. Many companies that supply animal actors have been cited for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!