PETA Slams Leonardo DiCaprio For Filming Scenes With A Monkey In The Wolf Of Wall Street

 PETA Slams Leonardo DiCaprio For Filming Scenes With A Monkey In The Wolf Of Wall Street

scenes monkeyLeonardo DiCaprio has been taken to task by animal rights organization PETA. The group slammed the 39-year-old star last week for a scene in his current film The Wolf of Wall Street, in which he shares screen time with a chimpanzee named Chance, according to PETA revealed Monday that more than 40,000 fans have signed a petition, according to Radar. The scene in question portrays a wild office party at a stock brokerage owned by Leo’s character, Jordan Belfort. ‘Someone as committed to environmental concerns as Leonardo DiCaprio should know better than to support well-documented cruelty involved in using great apes for entertainment,’

PETA primatologist Julia Galluci said in a statement. PETA hopes that the next time Leo receives a script with an ape ‘actor’ in it, he’ll remember that these sensitive animals are stolen from their mothers at birth and subjected to physical abuse, and he’ll demand a rewrite.’ PETA is particularly concerned that the chimpanzee in the film is employed by the Rosaire family, ‘which is notorious for operating a traveling circus that forces chimpanzees to perform cruel and unnatural acts.’

PETA claims that the Rosaires have been cited by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act and says that a whistleblower told PETA, that the on-set monitor assigned to the film by the American Humane Society allegedly had no experience with primates. DiCaprio has not commented on the petition, but has been quick to distance his lifestyle from that of his hedonistic character, whose life becomes overshadowed by sex and drugs. He said: ‘

I became obsessed with playing him because I felt he kinda represented all that is wrong with America today. ‘His attitude was something that I felt needed to be put up on the screen.’ DiCaprio has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for his The Wolf of Wall Street role. -Dailymail

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