Recently, Hollywood released a new film called The Wolf of Wall Street and although the movie centers around the life of Jordan Belfort a stockbroker who defrauded investors in the 1990s that included shoe designer Steve Madden, many fashionistas are viewing the film as a comeback of 90s corporate style. Just Google 'The Wolf of Wall Street fashion' and you will find hundreds of sites dedicated to dressing like a boss and bringing the 80s and 90s power suits into the 21st century. And while stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill look great wearing corporate power suits, the young chimpanzee who is featured in the movie and shares screen time with DiCaprio does not and is causing significant uproar from PETA.
PETA has released a video called 98% Human in which it calls for both Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to pledge never to work with chimpanzees in movies again. According to PETA, great apes are regularly exploited by the entertainment industry (in The Wolf of Wall Street, the chimpanzee is seen riding a horse and wearing a suit), taken swat from their mothers at a young age, subjected to abusive training methods and then discarded at roadside zoos or other desolate environments. In the video, PETA demonstrates how the use of CGI technology and motion capture are so advanced that there is no need to ever use a live ape in a movie again. In movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Life of Pi computer generated animals were used instead of real ones.
Although PETA has a right to be concerned, this isn't necessarily the case with Chance, the chimpanzee that was used in The Wolf of Wall Street, Chance was borrowed from the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary located in Sarasota, FL which is a non profit organization and uses the money the animals receive from their work in films and commercials to support the sanctuary that also takes in mistreated and unwanted animals. But not all animals used in the entertainment industry are this lucky.
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