PETA is really angry at Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese for using a chimp in their new movie Wolf of Wall Street. It seems that the ever-outraged animal rights folks don’t like that a chimpanzee named Chance is in the movie. They claim the chimp comes from a company that is “notorious for operating a traveling circus with an exploitative show featuring chimpanzees riding horses and doing other unnatural tricks.” OK, first of all, a chimp riding a horse sounds amazing. There is nothing funnier than a monkey doing people stuff. Secondly, the animals have to be treated well on a movie set specifically so people like PETA don’t get their no-animal-products-tested panties in a bunch about it. I’ve worked on film sets and I can tell you that they are closely supervised by the Humane Society to make sure no animals are harmed, or even just not invited to cast parties. That chimp was likely treated far better than most everybody on the set save the leads. Ever been a human extra in a movie? That’s when you get treated like an animal. Of course, Chance probably didn’t have his own horse or motorcycle to ride, but I’m sure he’s got one waiting for him back at the circus.
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