Ad agency Arnold, whose clients include Carnival Cruise Lines, Volvo and Jack Daniel's, has put the kibosh on using apes in its ads, and renounced any previous apesploitation on its part, after meeting with PETA last month. PETA has said that "chimpanzees and orangutans used for entertainment endure a lifetime of misery," and are forced to endure "training techniques that include kicking, punching and hitting them with fists and sticks." (Maybe they should be limited to doing commercials for G4?) PETA has a surveillance video, posted here, of apes being trained like James Bond movie villains. Not knowing what specific ape-centric ads Arnold has made, I can't comment on how often they indulged the abuse of innocent simians. But it is a shame that they're treated so poorly, because few things are funnier than monkeys in costume, as illustrated by CareerBuilder's "Yeknom Industries" spots. But if it took years of savage beatings to get that monkey to photocopy his butt, I'll try my hardest not to laugh. Much.
—Posted by David Kiefaber