The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

PETA Wants Chimpanzee Breeding to Stop, Connie Casey Braun

Caged 'Chimpanzee' to Protest KCI Ad

PETA Wants Airport to Drop Chimpanzee Ad, Citing Abuse of Ape 'Actors'

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2008

Holly Beal 757-622-7382

Kansas City, Mo. - Crouched in a cage and wearing a prison costume and a chimpanzee mask, a PETA member will protest the use of a chimpanzee named Kenzie in a commercial to promote Kansas City International Airport (KCI). Other PETA members will hold posters that read, "KCI: Chimpanzee Abuse Doesn't Fly!"

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 12 noon-1 p.m.
Place: Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Ave. (at the intersection of Cookingham Dr. and Paris St.)

KCI has refused to pull the ad despite the fact that PETA wrote to Tom McKenna, KCI's assistant director of aviation marketing, and pointed out that young chimpanzees like Kenzie are beaten behind the scenes and torn away from their mothers far too early. At about 8 years of age, chimpanzees become unmanageable and are often discarded in decrepit roadside zoos to spend the rest of their lives--up to five decades or more--in cramped, squalid conditions.

The company that owns Kenzie, the Missouri Primate Foundation (a.k.a. Chimparty Pampered Primates), has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for failure to comply with the minimum standards of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failing to maintain housing facilities in a manner to ensure the animals' safety, failing to promote good husbandry, insufficient sanitation, and keeping primates in cramped, undersize cages. In 2001, three chimpanzees escaped from an enclosure at Chimparty, and one of them was shot and killed.

Last month, the Saint Louis Zoo sent KCI a cease-and-desist letter after learning from PETA that KCI was falsely claiming that a Saint Louis Zoo veterinarian provided care to the animals at the trainer's compound.

"There's nothing cute or funny about how chimpanzees are punched, kicked, and electrically shocked to perform," says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. "KCI would never get off the ground with travelers if they knew how these young animals are abused and later dumped to live out their lives in squalor."

For more information and to view a video narrated by Oscar-winning actor Anjelica Huston of behind-the-scenes footage of chimpanzees used by the entertainment industry, please visit


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