Primates of the Caribbean? Stop Animal Abuse on Set, Say Care2 Members

Monkeys belong in trees, not on pirate ships.

That’s the message over 35,000 Care2 fans are sending to Jerry Bruckheimer Films as the company prepares to start shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in Australia. The company, along with Disney, has applied for a permit to ship a female and male capuchin monkey from California to Down Under to perform in the film. Wild Futures, a UK-based primate sanctuary, has launched a Care2 petition demanding that the film producers use CGI (character generation) rather than real live animals.

“Use of primates in the entertainment industry is a cruel, unnecessary practice that simply must stop, says Claire Turnbull, Senior Keeper on the Primate Welfare Team at Wild Futures.”Primates areintelligent, social animals and their welfare is seriously compromisedwhen they are used in this way.

According to the petition, the capuchins are “likely to have been removed from their social group, subjected to frequent and sometimes extended transport, and denied the opportunity to express natural behaviour in a suitable environment.” Wild Futures contends that the entire ordeal will be too stressful for the animals and is completely unnecessary.

Using wild animals as actors is not a practice that most zoologists, animal welfare scientists and conservationists condone. Christopher Palmer, author of Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdomand a professor at American University in Washington, D.C. has also documented the inhumane treatment of animals in films.

But it is not just the impact on the animals involved that concerns Wild Futures. “Studies show that the use of wild animals as actors may even have a negative impact on the survival of animal populations in the wild,” they say, “by increasing demand for that species as pets and/or diminishing concern for their conservation in the wild.

Given the global popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, it could send a powerful message about the importance of humane animal treatment if the movies producers opted NOT to use live animals as actors. If you agree, please sign the Wild Futures petition here.

If you are concerned about other animal welfare issues, please launch your own petition here.



Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Crockett
Sarah Crockett3 years ago

Already signed. Those darling primates should be free as they were meant to be.

dagmar karin dag
dagmar karin dag3 years ago

Que los dejen vivir en laq naturaleza y que trabajen los animales humanos que los explotan

Tina C.
Tina F3 years ago

It's a shame they use animals in their pirate movies, it shouldn't be allowed....I don't like the movies either.. Thank you for the article.

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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Poor little things.

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Mamie Pon3 years ago

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 3 years ago

Shared again-thanks

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

Don't like their movies, stupid, hidious, just stop using live primates, thank you for sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

Already signed, thank you for sharing. Don't harm the primates.