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.
Monkeys 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."
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:
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910