How can you help?
There are many ways you can help primates in the entertainment industry!
Encourage companies that use apes in their advertising to find alternate methods to promote their products. Many of these companies are well intentioned, but do not know how their advertising campaigns affect the animals involved.
Can one person really make a difference?
Yes, they can! Remember the Dodge "Tent Event" commercial that featured a young chimpanzee in a white suit detonating some dynamite? After receiving only two emails from people who were outraged to see the young ape portrayed in such a manner, Dodge decided to remove the chimp from the ad, removed a print ad featuring the animal, and made a commitment to never again use great apes in their advertising.
Write the companies that have made a commitment to keeping apes out of their advertising and give them a pat on the back! For a list of companies who have pledged to not use great apes in their advertising, please refer to Project ChimpCare's list of pledged non-users.
Another common place to find privately owned great apes is in a photo on the front of a greeting card. If you see a greeting card with a chimp, orangutan, or other nonhuman primate that appears to be in an unnatural setting, there is a good chance that it is a privately owned animal who's physical and/or social needs are not being met. Please do not buy these cards, and write a letter to the greeting card companies to encourage them to stop providing these private primate owners with financial support.
Write a Letter!
It's easy to write to those companies using primates. Click here for sample letters you can copy and paste and send to companies who have used chimpanzees or orangutans in movie or television productions, greeting cards or print ads.
Make a Donation!
The staff of the North Carolina Zoo Society has graciously offered their expertise, advice, and resources to assist The Kendall Project achieve it's goal of educating others about the plight of apes in the entertainment industry. The North Carolina Zoo Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that supports a variety of educational and conservation programs at the North Carolina Zoological Park.
If you would like to make an online donation to The Kendall Project, please click here.
If you would like to send a check please send them via the North Carolina Zoo Society at the following address:
4403 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
Checks should be made to North Carolina Zoo Society. Please specify "The Kendall Project" in the memo portion of the check. We appreciate your support!
To learn more about other organizations trying to help chimps and other nonhuman primates out of the entertainment business, please follow the links below: