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No Monkeys on the set? And why?

Posted in Books, Johnny Depp, movies by Anna Maria Polidori on March 11, 2015

A petition started from some animal rights activists against the use of Capuchin monkeys on the set of Pirates. Remember the monkey of Barbossa? Right! There we are.



What a pity. It seems that this time the monkeys used in the movie Pirates 5 Dead Men Tell No Tales will be realized via pc.

Another drama started in Australia this past february 21st as reported by The Wrap.

Some animal rights activists don’t want to see any real monkeys around the set of Pirates.


They started a petition that can be found on asking  to producer Bruckheimer and director Espen Sandberg of not employing any monkeys in the movie.

The petition was launched by Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. His founder is Kari Bagnall.

The petition says: “I personally help care for monkeys who lived much of their lives as props for the entertainment industry. If Disney wants to be seen as a responsible and animal-friendly company, it should not use real monkeys in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean“.

Captain Barbossa has always had a Capuchin monkey. I strongly doubt that a big production like Disney can treat bad a monkey.

Two production companies reported The Australian Times have asked for permits to bring these monkeys from California to Australia. They would play the monkey of captain Barbossa.

Bagnall’s answer? “Capuchin Monkeys are highly intelligent, sensitive, and social wild animals who do not belong on the set of a movie. Monkeys are often stolen from their mothers when they are infants. It is not hard to imagine the horror both baby and mother must feel during this forced separation“.

The alternative if the permission will not be given? The use of a pc instead of a real capuchin monkey as suggested by Bagnall.

He explains in the petition: “The successful use of computer-generated imagery alternatives will not only garner you more attention (as it did for the ‘Planet of the Apes’ films), but will help you avoid the notoriety and protests associated with relying on monkey actors“.

Of course Bagnall incredibly frustrated for the poor destiny of the capuchin monkeys asked for the solidarity of other associations.

Humane Society International Australia, Wild Futures, Born Free Foundation and Captive Animals Protection Society, are asking of not importing the monkeys to the Australia’s federal environment minister.

Mr Bagnall to me these monkeys would be incredibly lucky like all the rest of the cast and treated seriously well! by all the troupe and cast as it happened in the pastmonkey 3   I also think that being very curious animals monkeys would find the set incredibly stimulating monkey and barbossa 1 monkey 2  monkey 5



Anna Maria Polidori


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