Using Chimpanzees Is Bad Business

Paws Down!
To CareerBuilder for its commercial using chimpanzees.

CareerBuilder has done it again—used chimpanzees in its Super Bowl commercial.

NHES opposes using wild and exotic animals as a means of human entertainment and economic gain. Wild and exotic animals, such as chimpanzees, can be unpredictable, evendangerous. Individuals who have spent years training wild animals have experienced inordinate pain and suffering.

But, beyond our concern for potential human injury is, of course, our concern for the wild and exotic animals forced to participate in the entertainment industry. Just a few considerations include:

  • Chimpanzee

    Photo by Kevin Rohr

    Whether stolen from the wild or captive bred, these animals are deprived of the natural habitat, food supply, and companionship necessary to fulfill their instincts.

  • Often, these animals are shipped around the country/world, which induces stress that causes much suffering and sometimes death.
  • Many animals are discarded once they become too old or dangerous to perform, are left to languish in cages, or are sent to roadside zoos when they are no longer considered economically viable.

Furthermore, wild and exotic animals experience much neglect and cruelty, in part, because there is little oversight or control of exhibitors. Even when sanctioned by licensing agents, exhibitors continue to exploit their animals while placing the public in danger.

Ultimately, many “trained” wild animals are, in reality, subservient and apathetic creatures. It is in depriving these sentient animals of their homes and natural lives and in forcing them to participate in unnatural behaviors that cause them to sometimes, and tragically, respond in unpredictable and lethal ways.

Take Action: Write a polite letter to CareerBuilder urging the company to forego the use of live animals in its commercials. Have the company hire human actors—after all, finding jobs for people is the company’s business. From the website: “CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset – their people.” Let them find jobs for humans and leave the monkeys to live out normal lives in native habitats.

Matt Ferbuson, Chief Executive Officer
CB Corporate Headquarters
200 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
Tele. No.: 800-638-4212


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