The entertainment industry exploits great apes for their own advantages. It begins with breeders, then onto trainers to then be forced to live and perform an unnatural life. Newborns, chimpanzees and orangutans, are deliberately pulled from their mothers at birth to be "humanized," raised and trained to act like a human, never to receive the critical and natural nurturing from their mothers as both suffer psychologically and physically.
The entertaining career of a chimpanzee and orangutan is extremely short. Six to seven years old brings down the final curtain as they become too large, too strong, and too powerful for anyone to handle. Their strength at this time is up to 7 adult men. They can live as long as 50 to 60 years or longer in captivity. It's totally unnatural for them to entertain and it becomes undeniably dangerous.
After their "careers" are finished, the few that find true sanctuary are the lucky ones. However, even this cannot undue the the years of psychological and physical damage. Others are discarded, given up, handed or sold to live in pathetic even isolated living conditions such as filthy backyard cages, neglected road side zoos, or to research laboratories.
Is it worth the momentary whim of pleasure or laughter we gain from our closest living relatives entertaining? Great apes are not meant to be entertainers, humiliated and degraded on movie sets, TV commercials, live stage performances, photo shoots, and music videos. It is certainly the wrong message as great apes are critically endangered as are their habitats.
Many people do not know or are unclear of the ill-use of great apes in entertainment or as pets. There are little to no laws regarding any of these outdated and cruel practices. Don't accept nor support any Apes in entertainment. By doing so, unethical behaviors by breeders and trainers will change as we, the consumers do.
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