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Special thanks to several of our members and Born Free USA for bringing this awful new TV show to our attention:

Tell TLC To Cancel “My Monkey Baby”

On Sunday October 4, The Learning Channel (TLC) premiered a new television show called "My Monkey Baby." The show featured a couple who held captive a capuchin monkey as their "daughter," dressing poor "Jessica Marie" in designer clothes, treating her as a human child and doing everything short of enrolling her in soccer camp.

My Baby MonkeyMonkeys do not make good "pets" and it is unnatural and dangerous to treat them as human children. There are about 15,000 non-human primates in private hands in the U.S., and television programs that appear to promote this are acting irresponsibly.

Click here for more information about the problems associated with keeping monkeys and other exotic animals as "pets." 

What You Can Do



IDA asks all our members to use this web form to file a complaint with Discovery Communications, the parent of TLC.

We can't find "My Monkey Baby" listed on TLC's upcoming schedule, so it may be done. But just in case, please tell Discovery Communications about the potential damage that can be done by television shows that appear to promote the keeping of non-human primates as "children."

You can also send them a letter here:

Discovery Communications
Viewer Relations
One Discovery Place
5th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910


In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 85,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi, Mumbai, India, and Cameroon, Africa.

In Defense of Animals is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We welcome your feedback and appreciate your donations. Please join today! All donations to IDA are tax-deductible.

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