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Yesterday, PETA placed full page ads in Variety and the National Enquirer calling on readers who witness animal abuse to call in to a special hotline number. The ad featured a chimpanzee in a dress with the tagline "Not everyone wants to be famous."
PETA claims that the chimpanzee playing the role of Chim Chim was beaten on the set of Speed Racer.
A spokesperson for the film confirmed that a chimp bit a young actor, but said that the actor was treated and the animal was given a time-out. She gave testimoney from the American Humane Society that no animals were hurt.
But PETA isn't happy with these assurances. “No humane representative is closely monitoring those animals while off-set or during pre-production training, the very places where abuse is most likely to occur,” the organization responded, “so we regret to say that the assurances you offer are meaningless.”
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