This time, the sad news comes from Japan: Pan-kun, a
well-known chimpanzee from the Aso Cuddly Dominion Zoo who is forced to dress
in costumes and perform for gawking audiences, erupted in frustration after a
show and violently
attacked a student trainee. Pan-kun remains at the zoo but has been “retired”
from performing. The young woman has been hospitalized.
We hardly needed yet another example of how the growing frustration of wild animals who are held captive and made to
do stupid tricks for our amusement under the threat of physical punishment turns
them into ticking time bombs, prone to unpredictable and dangerous behavior.
But here it is. And there’ll be more so long as we keep compelling smart,
sensitive, and complex animals to entertain us against their will.
What You Can Do
You can help. Sign PETA’s pledge never to support film and television productions that
exploit great ape “actors.”
Article source: PETA Files