Joint Statement on “Wonderful Friends” a Reality Show Promoting Unnatural Contact Between People and Captive Great Apes

24th Mar 2015 Featured, Press Releases

We are writing to express our deep concern with regard to the television program, ‘Wonderful Friends,’ a reality show promoting close and unnatural contact between people and captive chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants, lions and other dangerous exotic animals. The program causes us concern on many grounds, including the detrimental welfare of the animals, the promotion of misleading messages on wildlife conservation, and the potential threat to public safety. We respectfully request the immediate cancellation of the program and a halt to the production of similar programs.