Oscar winner Anjelica Huston is hoping a recent headline-grabbing chimpanzee tragedy in Connecticut will make people think twice before taking on an ape as a pet.
The chimp, called Travis, was beaten and stabbed by his owner before being shot to death by police after he grievously wounded her friend during a rampage earlier this month (Feb09).
And Huston, who narrated PETA's recent expose on great apes forced into the entertainment industry, is confident the tragedy will serve as a reminder that chimpanzees don't make great pets.
In a statement, released to PETA.org, the actress writes, "I sincerely hope that this tragedy will make people realize that great apes should never be kept as pets or exploited for films, television, or advertising.
"Their lives are miserable from the day that they are taken from their mothers... until they are cast off to roadside zoos or meet a violent end, as Travis did in this tragic case."
Ironically, Travis was an entertainment ape - he appeared in TV commercials, including one - for clothing chain Old Navy - with Morgan Fairchild.
Huston adds, "Although I was sick when I heard about this most recent incident, I wasn't surprised."