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PETA takes out ad in Hollywood Reporter to criticise One Direction

By | Published on Monday 3 November 2014

One Direction

Oh dear. One Direction have drawn the wrath of PETA, after featuring a chimp in the video for their latest single, ‘Steal My Girl’. The animal rights group has taken out an ad in The Hollywood Reporter, disputing claims that “no animals were harmed” in the making of the video.

The ad claims that “wild animals used in film and television are routinely subjected to
abusive training methods, such as beatings, electric shocks, psychological torment, and food

In a statement, the organisation singled out Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, which provided the chimpanzee and other animals for the One Direction video.

It claims that “Martin has been cited over and over again by the US Department of Agriculture for violating federal animal-protection laws. He’s failed to provide animals with adequate veterinary care and proper shelter from the elements, and he’s locked chimpanzees and orangutans in cages for up to eighteen hours a day. He has also denied animals adequate space, clean cages, and proper food”.

One Direction have not commented on the claims as yet.