PETA Highlights The Plight Of Chimp ‘Actors’
His Oscar dreams may have been dashed yet again last night, but Leonardo DiCaprio has more problems to deal with.
The Wolf of Wall Street star is being taken to task by animal rights charity, PETA.
Leo’s appearance with a chimpanzee in a raucous scene in The Wolf of Wall Street has made him the focus of a PETA multimedia blitz on more than 100 entertainment sites.
The campaign aims to remind moviegoers that chimpanzees are abused and taken from their mothers at an early age before being forced into Hollywood. The ads include a graphic 35-second video about the lives of ape ‘actors’.
"Someone as committed to environmental concerns as Leonardo DiCaprio should know better than to support the well-documented cruelty involved in using great apes for entertainment," said PETA UK's Mimi Bekhechi. "We hope the next time Leo receives a script with an ape 'actor' in it, he'll remember that these sensitive animals are stolen from their mothers at birth and subjected to physical abuse – and he'll demand a rewrite."
Chance, the young chimpanzee DiCaprio drags through a bustling office party in the film, was provided to the crew by a member of the Rosaire family, which operates a travelling circus. PETA also claims that Chance's exhibitor has been cited by the US Department of Agriculture for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act because of her failure to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals she exhibits.
Oscar winner Anjelica Huston has narrated a video for PETA US about the cruelty and isolation faced by great apes in the entertainment business.