I find this very difficult to watch. Chimpanzees in the entertainment industry are brutalized — that is, until they grow too big and strong, and then they’re shuffled off usually to roadside zoos and/or medical research.
Yeah, I’ve heard that chimpanzees tend to have a short career in entertainment, because, once they pass adolescence, they start to get willful and uncooperative. You might be interested in the This American Life Episode “350: Human Resources” where they talk about retirement homes for chimpanzees. At least that scenario doesn’t seem like a bad existence for chimpanzees at all. It’s the last 11 minutes of the podcast:
“Reporter Charles Siebert talks with Ira about retirement homes for Chimpanzees. Yes, retirement homes for Chimpanzees. There are thousands of aging chimps in the US: retired chimp actors, ex-research subjects, abandoned pets. They can’t be put back in the wild since they don’t know how to survive there. Charles Siebert visited many of the facilities where they’re housed, often in rooms, with TV’s and 3 meals a day. He’s writing a book about his experiences called Humanzee. (11 minutes)” http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1286