Tell Netflix to Stop Renting Monkeys for its TV Shows

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Netflix’s hit tween show, Alexa and Katie, features a monkey in Season 2, Episode 2. The monkey, named Madison, is shown wearing a cute pink outfit, running around, and playing ball. While this seems harmless, the repercussions of using primate actors are much greater than they may seem.

Research shows that when humans and primates are seen together in TV, people are more likely to think of primates as “good pets”. Primates, however, can spread potentially fatal diseases to humans. The Rhesus macaque, a primate that is becoming a more popular exotic pet, is a prime example. A simple scratch could easily spread herpes B, as even captive macaques are likely to have it.

Primates frequently suffer grave psychological harms when used for TV. All-too-often, the vital bond between mother and infant is broken when they are taken away for human use. From these traumatic childhoods, primates don’t learn to cope with the burdensome stress of captivity. Instead, they often resort to painful self harm to manage their emotions, such as biting themselves, pulling their own hair, and eating their own feces.

Approximately 60% of primate species are endangered. Unfortunately, recent scientific research reveals that simply seeing a primate and a human near each other in the media make people think that these species aren’t endangered. If TV shows continue to show primates interacting with humans, then more people will believe these animals are not in need of our protection.

It’s crucial that Netflix stops using primates and weakening conservation efforts. By signing this petition, you can help raise awareness for protecting ourselves, and our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, by encouraging Netflix to cease using primates in their original series.