When PETA and Anjelic Huston found out that CareerBuilder would be using chimps in their $3.5 million Super Bowl ad, they were angered.
"I am distraught that CareerBuilder has decided once again to feature infant chimpanzees… despite the public outcry and the condemnation of every well-known primatologist."
They say an actor chimp is ripped away from its parents at a very young age and is abused by trainers its whole life until it grows too big to control then it is thrown in a cage to live out the rest of its life.
All for just a 30-second TV spot.
A CareerBuilder spokesperson said:
"CareerBuilder supports the fair and humane treatment of all animals.
During the production of our ad, we followed the strictest guidelines to ensure our chimpanzee stars were treated well and not harmed.
We hired top trainers known to provide the highest standard of care.
We had a member of the American Humane Association on set during the entire filming to ensure the chimpanzees were treated with respect."
Huston still countered, and said:
"Those chimpanzees are set to endure a lifetime of abuse for your 30-second spot. A point that no thinking person will find funny in the least."
$3.5 million is a lot to pay to get to abuse an animal.
We're curious to see if there's any serious backlash for CareerBuilder.
[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.]