Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.

At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

Rescue & Rehabilitation
Monkey World | Ape Rescue Centre

You can now follow us on our
official page on
Twitter

For more information

You can now follow us on our
official page on
Facebook

For more information

Monkey World News

Chimp cruelty row hits new TV show

The Express


TV host Michael Barry Moore was at the centre of an animal cruelty row last night after starring in a comedy show with chimps dressed as people. He was accused of "promoting the wrong message" about among animal welfare in the wake of the Mary Chipperfield case. An earlier this year she was convicted of cruelty to a baby chimp called Trudy and was fined. Thousands of Express readers wrote to Monkey World, the refuge which still cares for Trudy, to express their horror and opposition to chimps used for entertainment. But in LWT's Animals Do The Funniest Things, Mr Barrymore presented clips featuring chimps, including one singing Madonna's hit Like a Virgin in her trademark pointy bra. Other clips showed chimps in space suits and dressed up as pensioners. Mr Barrymore also made fun of it chimp at dubbed Aaron when he hosted a quiz show. The "amusing" animal clips were interspersed with him interviewing Aaron and a outwitting him. L W T ended the programme with a statement read in Aaron's "voice", which said: "the producers would like it known that no animals were harmed during the making of this programme." But last night the owner of Monkey World, Jim Cronin, said: "this programme sends out completely the wrong message. More than 10,000 chimps have died in Europe in the past 20 years for the sake of human entertainment." "It is cruel to remove a chimp from its family, teach it to entertain humans or act as humans. 75,000 Express readers wrote to Monkey World during the Chipperfield case. They made it crystal clear they were opposed to chimpanzees performing for humans and they never wanted to see it again in this country. This may be why the programme had to go to America to film." Mr Cronin added: "we are not saying this to slap down Michael Barrymore but because for 12 years we have worked with governments battling to stop smuggling chimps to supply the entertainment trade. This programme simply promotes that whole business." Last night LWT admitted Mr Barrymore had not been filmed with the chimps, even though they appeared together on TV, there was no audience during filming. A spokeswoman said: "The chimps were trained by Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, one of the most respected animal trainers in America. That is why the programme was filmed in America. This organisation has also been approved by America's humane society."

Back to news headlines