Activists Don’t Want Live Monkeys in New ‘Pirates’ Movie
As filming for the fifth film in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series begins in Australia, animal rights groups are trying to stop the production crew from importing monkeys all the way from California to use as actors on screen.
“It is not too late for the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ production team to commit to end the use of wild animals in the entertainment business,” said Cordelia Britton, campaigns officer for Wild Futures, which along with Humane Society International Australia, Born Free Foundation, and Captive Animals Protection Society are spearheading the effort to protect two capuchin monkeys that would be used in the movie.
The groups have reached out to Australia’s Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to deny Disney’s request to import the animals claiming that technology today is more than advanced enough to take the part of the live monkeys that have no business being on a film set.
“Capuchin monkeys naturally live in large family groups in the rainforests of South and Central America and have complex physical and psychological needs – a film set is no place for such an intelligent, social animal and the life of a monkey ‘actor’ is sadly far removed from the life they should have,” explained Britton.
“The use of primates for entertainment is old fashioned and unnecessary, particularly when it will involve a long journey from California to Queensland, Australia,” continued Alexia Wellbelove from Humane Society International Australia.
The groups also argued that the use of the monkeys to play Jack, Captain Barbossa’s pet, would encourage exotic animal pet ownership, illegal trade in wildlife and damage conservation efforts.
Disney has yet to comment on the issue with Johnny Depp‘s new movie but it makes sense that a company that makes films that so greatly benefit animals and wildlife would step up and set the example of not using animals for entertainment anymore.
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