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 Change.org.