Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Chimpanzee shooting in Connecticut: ADI warns against primate pets

Posted: 19 February 2009

Animal Defenders International has warned against the dangers of keeping pet chimpanzees, after the widely reported fatal shooting of a chimp that was trained to be used in television commercials and then kept as a pet in Connecticut.

ADI Campaigns Director, Tim Phillips says: “This tragic incident reminds us that we urgently need to re-evaluate the way that we treat our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. It will be said that Travis was shot because he was dangerous but this just further raises the issue that chimpanzees are totally unsuitable as pets. One wonders what these animals need to do to convince us that they should not be made prisoners to entertain us, with a death sentence in the event of escape.”

For further information, contact ADI Public Relations Officer, Ally MacDonald
Office Tel: 020 7630 3344. Mobile: 07785 552548

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