An overview of our global efforts to help monkeys
As discovered by PETA and reported in the Arizona Republicthe Washington National Primate Research Center and its monkey breeding facility in Mesa, Arizona, violated health and veterinary regulations, operated without state oversight, failed to prevent the introduction and spread of fatal diseases in monkeys and have been cited multiple times for multiple violations of animal welfare laws, while raising monkeys next to a toxic waste site.
What this breeding facility is doing is not only unnecessary, dangerous and cruel, it is also a terrible waste of lives and important research funds. Moreover, even after the monkeys leave this complex and its poisonous faucet, they still face a life of terror while being used for experiments elsewhere.
But this deal is fair a example of the systemic speciesism and oppression that countless primates face daily.
Currently, thousands of them are languishing in cages, living in fear and being denied the opportunity to engage in natural behavior vital to their physical and mental well-being. These complex animals are used in crude, cruel and useless experiments; they are forced – out of fear – to “smile” on command on the sets of Hollywood movies and TV shows; some are captured in their natural habitat and taken from their families; and others are even forced into cruel manual labor.
It’s pure speciesism– the mistaken belief that one species is more important than another – which drives humans to inflict such suffering on other individuals. This supremacist worldview has deadly consequences for countless primates every year. That’s why PETA is campaigning to wake people up and show them the suffering our fellow primates endure when they’re exploited for cheap entertainment, used in painful experiments, or otherwise abused by humans.
3 Big Ways PETA US and PETA Entities Help Monkeys
1. Undercover PETA Asia investigation reveals monkeys being chained and abused for coconut milk
Many kind people choose coconut milk instead of cow’s milk because they don’t want to support animal cruelty. But a disturbing investigation by PETA Asia reveals that terrified young monkeys in Thailand are being kept chained, overtrained and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts which are used to make coconut milk, meat, flour, oil and other products.
Before PETA Asia’s groundbreaking investigation made headlines around the world, this kind of cruelty was a dirty industry secret. But following the global spread of the damning images of PETA Asia, more than 26,000 stores have pledged to no longer buy the products of a blatant brand and the majority will no longer buy any coconut products from the work of monkeys.
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2. PETA Exposes Horrific Monkey Experiments
Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of primates are imprisoned in laboratories, where most of them are abused and killed in invasive, painful and terrifying experiments. Although it is well known that monkeys are sensitive and intelligent, experimenters treat them as if they were disposable laboratory equipment.
In laboratories, these animals barely have enough room to sit, stand, lie down or turn around. The rich environment full of sensory stimulation that they should experience is replaced by an environment devoid of color, smell and almost any other kind of enrichment.
The majority of primates used in laboratories exhibit abnormal behaviors caused by physical abuse, psychological stress, social isolation and confinement in sterile enclosures. Many go crazy, rocking back and forth, pacing endlessly through the cages and doing repetitive movements such as rolling over. They even engage in acts of self-harm, including pulling their hair out and biting their flesh. Experiments on captive animals suffering from extreme stress can never teach us something significant about natural diseases in humans, and the experimenters know it.
PETA works hard to move our government leaders and the scientific community forward, away from a deadly reliance on archaic animal experiments. You can join our call.
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3. Monkeys are not actors or clowns here to entertain humans
In stark contrast to the life they would have in the wild, primates used for entertainment are denied adequate psychological and social stimulation and proper exercise. Their instincts – which include exploration, choosing mates, rearing young and foraging – are completely thwarted. As a result, they often develop neurotic behavior patterns, such as walking, rocking, rocking, cage biting, and self-harm.
Intelligent, inquisitive, and highly social animals have needs that cannot be met on movie or television sets, in training complexes, in traveling circus-style shows, or in seedy zoos. roadside. Most primates used for entertainment are prematurely removed from their mothers – a cruel practice that deprives infants of the maternal care and nurturing they need for normal development. In order to force young primates to play at the right time, physical and psychological abuse are commonly used.
However, this disastrous information does not always reach viewers. The use of animals for entertainment purposes deceives the public into believing that they are happy in a human environment. But with the many advances in computer-generated and holographic imagery, there’s no reason to use real monkeys or other animals in movies, TV, or any other type of show.
PETA has been both diligent and successful in its efforts to remove primates and other animals from the entertainment industry. In fact, all of the top 10 advertising companies in the United States banned the use of great apes in their advertisements after learning of this important issue from us. You can do your part by never buying a ticket to a place where animals are exploited for a cheap and ephemeral gadget.
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Using your phone or computer, you can support our campaigns to help animals wherever you are. It only takes a minute to complete several PETA Action Alerts that will put pressure on abusers and make a real difference for animals.
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