It may be somewhat surprising to learn that the Black Eyed Peas have been leading celebrity animal rights advocates, doing work with PETA and taking a stand against the exploitation of animals.
What’s more surprising is that after years of consistently opposing animal abuse, they’re performing a concert in Spain that will sponsor a TV show that exploits animals for entertainment.
The show – called “Involución,” which means “de-evolution” – is pumping up its ratings at the expense of a chimpanzee named Noah over the protests of thousands of members of the public as well as nearly 100 animal protection groups and experts — including Dr. Jane Goodall.
Click here to join Fundación FAADA (Foundation for the Adoption, Sponsorship, and Defense of Animals) in asking the Black Eyed Peas to refuse to sponsor “Involución” as long as the show is exploiting chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees are intelligent, endangered animals — but instead of being protected, Noah is being forced to perform. Chimps in the entertainment industry lead miserable lives.
Chimps like Noah are taken from their mothers at a very young age, trained to do tricks (using abusive methods), and forced to work on shows and movies. Noah’s current owner, Steve Martin, is a Hollywood trainer whose company has been cited multiple times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
When Noah matures and becomes more difficult to control, he’ll be “retired.” For chimps, that often means being sold to an unaccredited roadside zoo or show — an even more substandard form of captivity where he’ll face even worse treatment.
It’s up to us to remind the Black Eyed Peas that their actions abroad will be noticed at home.
Please sign the Change.org petition and join thousands of others who have already expressed their support on Actuable.es, a Spanish social activism site, in asking the Black Eyed Peas to help Noah:
Thanks for taking action,
– Patrick and the Change.org team