NAPSA Responds

Featured Photo: Willy B and Mave, formerly from Wildlife Waystation and now at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Our Victories

North Alabama State Fair

VICTORY! After NAPSA wrote to the fair for years about the inclusion of monkey rodeos in the fair’s entertainment lineup, the fair confirmed there were no monkey rodeos at the 2021 event.

Visit Wichita

VICTORY! After NAPSA wrote to Visit Wichita about their promotional tourism videos featuring ring-tailed lemur petting, the footage was removed from television commercials airing locally.

Haywood County, North Carolina

VICTORY! NAPSA wrote to officials in Haywood County, NC in response to a request for an exemption to permit private ownership of capuchin monkeys, and the town upheld the ban.

TalentSmart

VICTORY ! The motivational training program had used stock photography of a humanized chimpanzee in a newsletter – but after hearing from NAPSA, will abstain from this in the future.

Hillside Cinema

VICTORY! After hearing from NAPSA and other concerned parties, Gloucester, VA-based movie theater cancelled plans to host a showing of “The Lion King” that would have included an exhibit of…

Yoga Hive Philly

VICTORY! After hearing from NAPSA and others, a yoga studio cancelled the appearance of monkeys and other exotic animals at public celebration.

Cadbury

VICTORY! The chocolatier is holding a contest that encourages pet owners to submit photos of their pets wearing bunny ears – including more than one mention of pet monkeys. The…

Global Wildlife Conservation

VICTORY! After hearing from NAPSA, the organization has scrubbed their social media accounts of wildlife “selfie” photos taken with model/actress Suki Waterhouse that were part of a new campaign raising…

Amazon

VICTORY! After hearing from NAPSA and others, Amazon decided to cancel video advertisement that featured a long tailed macaque snuggling in bed with a human child.

The Frederick Keys

VICTORY! Many similar letters were mailed out in early 2018 to teams that have scheduled monkey rodeos during the 2018 season. The Frederick Keys continued to host rodeos despite NASPA…

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Steven Spielberg and The Fabelmans movie

The film was filmed with a performing capuchin monkey “actor”. NAPSA and other advocates are asking the footage to be replaced with a CGI monkey prior to the film’s release.

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Georgia Mountain Fair

The fair is set to include monkey rodeos in its lineup.

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Gastonia Honey Hunters

An Atlantic league baseball team hosted a monkey rodeo during a game.

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Orange County Fair

A fair in New York included a monkey rodeo attraction.

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Cincinnati.com and The Enquirer

An article promoted a pseudo-sanctuary engaging in harmful practices

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City of Margate, FL and Broward County Fair

The Broward County Fair features harmful monkey rodeos in its entertainment lineup.

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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

A stock photo of a humanized chimpanzee was used in an email newsletter.

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Oak Mountain State Fair

The Alabama fair hosted a monkey rodeo in 2021.

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Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo

The traveling show lists a monkey rodeo in its entertainment lineup.

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Visit Wichita

VICTORY! After NAPSA wrote to Visit Wichita about their promotional tourism videos featuring ring-tailed lemur petting, the footage was removed from television commercials airing locally.

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Delta Fair & Music Festival

The TN fair is hosting monkey rodeos.

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Grundy County Fair

The Illinois fair is advertising a monkey rodeo.

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The Offspring

The music video for the song “We Never Have Sex Anymore” features performing chimpanzees.

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FunFit LLC

A North Dakota yoga studio is advertising the inclusion of an infant capuchin to attract participants to its classes.

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Haywood County, North Carolina

VICTORY! NAPSA wrote to officials in Haywood County, NC in response to a request for an exemption to permit private ownership of capuchin monkeys, and the town upheld the ban.

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Yves Saint Laurent

The fashion design brand featured a trained capuchin posing in their winter 2019 ad campaign.

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TalentSmart

VICTORY ! The motivational training program had used stock photography of a humanized chimpanzee in a newsletter – but after hearing from NAPSA, will abstain from this in the future.

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KSN

The news station filmed a segment celebrating a privately owned marmoset brought out to a football celebration.

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The Guardian

The newspaper printed a photo of a chimpanzee dressed as a human, sitting at an office desk.

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Hilary Duff

The actress had a trained capuchin at her birthday party.

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Creve Coeur, MO City Officials

City officials are being asked to reconsider a ban on privately owned primates, at the request of a woman with three monkeys she deems “emotional support animals.”

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WVLT 8

A Tennessee news outlet ran a story about a local woman’s collection of pet monkeys.

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The Laurinburg Exchange

The newspaper printed an article about a pseudo-sanctuary that promotes keeping monkeys in human homes.

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Inside Edition

The newsmagazine highlighted Curtis, the infant vervet owned by bodybuilder and social media influencer Jay Kennedy.

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Hillside Cinema

VICTORY! After hearing from NAPSA and other concerned parties, Gloucester, VA-based movie theater cancelled plans to host a showing of “The Lion King” that would have included an exhibit of exotic animals and the chance to pose for photos with a capuchin monkey.

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Complex News

The website produced a video about the harms of exotic pets, but featured a pseudo-sanctuary that permitted leashed, diapered animals to have physical contact with the journalist.

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Yoga Hive Philly

VICTORY! After hearing from NAPSA and others, a yoga studio cancelled the appearance of monkeys and other exotic animals at public celebration.

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Photographer Robin Schwartz

The photographer’s portfolio of work includes many photographs of her daughter posing with monkeys, who wear clothing and have their teeth removed. NAPSA wrote to both Robin Schwartz and the Aperture Foundation, who supports her work.

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John Stamos

In an interview, the actor commented that he is considering getting a live monkey to attend his son’s Curious George-themed birthday party.

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WSVN 7News

A public event was promoted by filming celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito snuggling and feeding an infant monkey.

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Cadbury

VICTORY! The chocolatier is holding a contest that encourages pet owners to submit photos of their pets wearing bunny ears – including more than one mention of pet monkeys. The photos will be used in a future ad campaign. After NAPSA wrote to Cadbury, they quickly decided to re-issue the press release for the contest and remove all mention of pet monkeys. Additionally, The Hershey Company has committed to never use non-human primates in any of its advertising campaigns. We are grateful for Cadbury’s consideration and speedy resolution on this issue!

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Max

The singer’s “Worship” video features a performing capuchin.

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