Primates Are Not PetsSign the Letter to Tell Google and Facebook to Stop Helping Traffickers!
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Demand that Facebook and Google make it easier to report that videos and images featuring pet apes and monkeys are cruel. Also ask them to remove all reported content featuring pet primates.
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To Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai,
I am shocked and disappointed about how difficult it is to report posts featuring animal cruelty on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. I am even more appalled that posts containing animal exploitation remain on your social media sites even after they have been reported by concerned users.
While videos and images featuring wildlife as pets may appear cute or funny, they depict animals who are suffering. Animals who are taken from the wild or ripped from their mothers days after birth. Animals whose teeth have been ripped out and are suffering from health problems and psychological damage.
Sadly, apes and monkeys frequently feature in these posts. Due to their high level of intelligence and their similarities to humans, primates are popular as exotic pets. The traits that make them desirable as pets are also the reasons why they should never be kept in captivity. Primates are highly social animals and need to be with their families to live happy and healthy lives. Keeping them as pets is depriving them of their basic needs.
I respectfully urge you to implement the following measures to show you do not condone the mistreatment of animals:
• Provide a clear way to let the users of your social media sites easily report content containing primates, and other wildlife, as animal cruelty.
• Take action when such content is reported, by removing content showing wildlife as pets.
I beg that you help to stop the horrendous pet trade and show you care about the suffering of animals.
COZY'S LONG ROAD TO SAFETY
For the first 10 years of his life, Cozy only knew suffering. Bred in a lab in the U.S., he was subjected to medical experiments before being sold and taken to Italy. His life in Italy was no better than the lab – he was forced to pose for photos and do tricks for entertainment. He received repeated beatings to his head resulting in brain damage and was castrated.
After his owner passed away, Cozy was forced to live in a small cage for years. When he was rescued, he was so weak that he couldn’t even walk or climb. Since then Cozy’s health has improved, but it has been a long road for him to find his way at his new home at PASA member organization, Chimp Eden. Due to his castration and his brain damage, he struggled to learn how to behave like a chimpanzee and will always be a submissive member of his group.
Thankfully, although it took years, Cozy has learned to integrate with his group and is now fully accepted by the other rescued chimps at Chimp Eden.
HOW THE PET TRADE WORKS
Primates as Pets – Cruel, Not Cool
Did you know that primates kept as pets often suffer from malnutrition, deformities and mental anguish? In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that up to 15,000 primates are being kept as pets. Unlike dogs and cats, apes and monkeys are not domesticated animals. They belong in the wild with their mothers and family groups to develop normally and to live fulfilling, healthy lives.
Social Media Enables Illegal Activity
We’ve all seen viral videos and images of pet primates. Although they may seem cute and we all know people who share these images, every one of these animals is a victim of a multimillion dollar industry founded on suffering. Baby primates are torn away from their families, their teeth are ripped out, and after they’re sold online they may never see another member of their own species again. These photos and videos need to be reported as cruelty.
You Can Help
Urge Facebook and Google to show they do not support this inhumane trade. Demand that they:
- Give you an easy way to report videos and images of pet primates as animal cruelty.
- Remove all content that has been flagged as cruel.
Will you help us get to 50,000 signatures to remove suffering apes and monkeys from social media? Sign the letter and share it with animal lovers like you.