Statement on the Production, Promotion, and Distribution of Entertainment Videos that Show Abuse of Primates´┐╝

WHEREAS the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) stands for the promotion of good welfare of captive primates and conservation of wild primate populations;

WHEREAS there exists today a global subculture that produces, promotes and distributes videos that display purposeful provocation and abuse of animals including primates such as macaques, including those that are very young and vulnerable;

WHEREAS many animals, especially primates, are particularly vulnerable to physical and emotional abuse, especially early in life, that result in lifelong physical and psychological detriments;

WHEREAS the distribution of these videos tends to perpetuate the cycle to produce more videos and increase the monetary value of videos promoting the abuse of animals such as primates;

The American Society of Primatologists (ASP) therefore expressly opposes the creation, distribution, promotion, and consumption of these animal abuse videos and furthermore encourages and supports