Actors Against Animal Abuse
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

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Anai Rhoads
May 2004

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Pamela Anderson joined fellow celebrities Alec Baldwin, Tiffani Thiessen, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Lee, Ali MacGraw, Terrence McNally, Brooke Adams, Tippi Hedren, Jennifer Coolidge, Bob Barker, Frances Fisher and Wendie Malick Wednesday to ask Hollywood to put an end to animal abuse.

"Chimpanzees and other apes suffer horribly for society's entertainment. It is time to move beyond the misuse of creatures who are vulnerable to our exploitation precisely because they are so like us. We are asking Hollywood professionals to make the right choice and remove themselves from this cruelty," chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall and member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory.

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For years Hollywood has incorporated apes in film and in television. There are countless movies produced by prominent directors that include live chimpanzees. Most are used to perform until they reach their "peak", where they are then sent away to zoos.

"A performing chimpanzee's life consists of about 7 years of being lugged around sets, then 40 years caged, often in solitary confinement. Chimpanzees just don't belong in Hollywood," Actress Pamela Anderson said.

"Chimpanzees used in ads and shows are all babies, snatched from their mothers and made to perform silly tricks. I chose to be in the movies, but these poor animals didn't. I don't want to be a part of the cruelty."

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