Tell Suburban Auto Group to Ditch the 'Trunk Monkey'
Action Alert from


Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest / Eyes on Apes
November 2015


Over a decade ago, Suburban Auto Group started airing commercials that exploited chimp "actors" for a cheap laugh. Eyes on Apes has repeatedly reached out to the Auto Group's Ford general manager since 2003, including just this week—yet the ads are still airing.

abused chimpanzee

The chimpanzees used in these has-been, re-run commercials were leased by notorious trainer Sid Yost, who was documented punching, kicking, and striking chimpanzees with a mallet. This type of treatment is routine for chimpanzees who are still used in entertainment.

Erinn Sowle
Suburban Auto Group, General Manager
[email protected]

Suburban Ford
37000 Highway 26
Sandy OR 97055

Suburban Chevrolet
36936 Highway 26
Sandy OR 97055


Suburban Auto Group uses graphic designs of chimpanzees with wide toothy grins, which looks like a human smile, but is actually called a "fear grimace." It is appalling that Suburban Auto Group continues to use this graphic after Eyes on Apes has repeatedly explained how it sends a harmful message. Chimpanzees are an endangered species, deserving of our respect and protection—not to be used as a cheap gimmick to sell cars. The rest of the world is beginning to recognize these issues, but this car dealership seems set on refusing to care or evolve.

Help us get Suburban Auto Group to understand that continuing to use these commercials hinders conversation efforts and perpetuates the abusive and dangerous entertainment and pet industry, and please send a polite and brief letter to the company's general manager.

Your letters do work! A McDonald's France commercial with a chimpanzee actor was pulled after they received feedback from Eyes on Apes supporters like you and other advocacy groups. Great victory! We hope to see Suburban Auto Group make the same progressive decision.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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