anjelica huston
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Anjelica Huston has spoken out against the use of live monkeys in the movie Tarzan and has teamed up with PETA to call for an end to the use of great apes in entertainment.

Now, the Academy Award-winning actress has joined PETA’s campaign against Careerbuilder’s Super Bowl ads featuring chimpanzees. Huston wrote a letter to CEO Matt Ferguson about Careerbuilder’s choice to use the animals in their commercials again.

Huston wrote, “I am distraught that CareerBuilder has decided once again to feature chimpanzee infants in its Super Bowl ad, despite the public outcry and the condemnation of every well-known primatologist, including Dr. Jane Goodall. So many advances in protecting chimpanzees have been made in the past few years, and many top ad agencies now refuse to use these animals.” She also mentions the widespread push to protect chimps, including the federal government’s recent decision to suspend all new chimp experiments.

Huston also points out that even if the animals are unharmed during filming, they do suffer before and after. She continues, “Having a monitor on the set does not forgive the fact that you have paid to have these bright and social young apes torn from their mothers and subjected to confusing and often abusive training. These animals will likely be sold after a few years to some cheap roadside zoo or traveling show, where they will be condemned to cramped cages, left to suffer from extreme loneliness and sink into despair.”

The actress also references her previous work with PETA. “It is astonishing that you are unmoved by the videos, photographs, and case reports of what befalls these animals from the moment they are taken from their mothers to the moment they die. May I remind you of this brief video that I made for PETA?” she writes.

Other animal advocates are also speaking out against Careerbuilder’s chimp commercials, and a petition has been created on

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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